Presenter applications for the 2018 Festival are no longer being considered. Below are the presenters who were featured at the 2017 Festival.

Continue to watch this space for updated and changing information about presenters at the 2018 Festival of Books, Sept. 20-23 in Brookings and Sioux Falls; and later in the year for the 2019 application form!


  • 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
  • Illustrators, Young Readers
    Jacques and de Beanstalk
  • Non-Fiction
  • Non-Fiction, South Dakota Authors, Writers Support
    Dakota Heirlooms: Stories from the Past
  • Young Readers
    The March Against Fear: The Last Great Walk of the Civil Rights Movement and the Emergence of Black Power
  • Non-Fiction, South Dakota Authors
    An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America
  • Crime/Mystery, Fiction, South Dakota Authors
    Jacob’s Descent
  • Illustrators, South Dakota Authors, Young Readers
    The Monster Who Ate the State
  • History, Tribal, Young Readers
    Talking Leaves
  • Non-Fiction
    Paul Goble, Storyteller
  • Fiction, Pulitzer
    Perfume River
  • Non-Fiction, Writers Support
    Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years
  • History
    The World’s Largest Roundup, 1902
  • Crime/Mystery, Fiction
    Make No Bones About It
  • Poetry, South Dakota Authors
    Poetry of Presence
  • History, Tribal
    Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition (Introduction)
  • Non-Fiction, Poetry, South Dakota Authors
    Prose and Cons: Poetic Views from Inmates Detained by the South Dakota Department of Corrections
  • History, South Dakota Authors, Tribal
    Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred
  • Poetry, Tribal
    Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media
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