Authors, Poets Featured at Annual Event

Each year, the South Dakota Festival of Books features more than 50 presenters who speak about their work during solo presentations and as part of discussion panels. The lineup includes writers from various genres, from fiction, non-fiction, poetry and much more.

Presenters have not yet been announced for the 2019 event, which will be held Oct. 3-6 in Deadwood. If you would like to be considered as a Festival presenter, please fill out this application.

Below are presenters from past Festivals.

Watch our e-newsletter for information about the 2019 Festival of Books, including presenter and exhibitor application info. 


  • History
    Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
  • Non-Fiction
    The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide
  • Fiction
    Brave Deeds
  • Non-Fiction
    Conservation on the Northern Plains: New Perspectives
  • Fiction, History
    Buffalo Man: Life of a Boy Giant on the Minnesota River
  • History, Tribal
    Gabriel Renville: From the Dakota War to the Creation of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation, 1825-1892
  • Fiction, Non-Fiction, Writers Support
    Millard Salter’s Last Day
  • Illustrators, Young Readers
    Jacques and de Beanstalk
  • Non-Fiction
  • Fiction, Writers Support
    Little Broken Things
  • Non-Fiction, Pulitzer, Writers Support
  • Non-Fiction, South Dakota Authors, Writers Support
    Dakota Heirlooms: Stories from the Past
  • Writers Support, Young Readers
    The Girl with More than One Heart
  • Young Readers
    The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power
  • Young Readers
    Aim for the Skies: Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith’s Race to Complete Amelia Earhart’s Quest
  • Non-Fiction
    American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
  • Non-Fiction, South Dakota Authors, Young Readers
    The World Is Awake: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings
  • Non-Fiction, Writers Support
    Adulthood for Beginners: All the Life Secrets Nobody Bothered To Tell You
  • Crime/Mystery, Fiction, South Dakota Authors
    Jacob’s Descent
  • Illustrators, South Dakota Authors, Young Readers
    The Monster Who Ate the State
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