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, South Dakota Authors, Tribal
    Sioux Women: Traditionally Sacred
  • Non-Fiction, Poetry, South Dakota Authors
    Prose and Cons: Poetic Views from Inmates Detained by the South Dakota Department of Corrections
  • History, Tribal
    Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition (Introduction)
  • Poetry, South Dakota Authors
    Poetry of Presence
  • Crime/Mystery, Fiction
    Make No Bones About It
  • History
    The World’s Largest Roundup, 1902
  • Non-Fiction, Writers Support
    Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years
  • Fiction, Pulitzer
    Perfume River
  • Non-Fiction
    Paul Goble, Storyteller
  • History, Tribal, Young Readers
    Talking Leaves
  • Illustrators, South Dakota Authors, Young Readers
    The Monster Who Ate the State
  • Crime/Mystery, Fiction, South Dakota Authors
    Jacob’s Descent
  • Non-Fiction, South Dakota Authors
    An Anxious Age: The Post-Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of America
  • 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, Writers Support
    Dakota Heirlooms: Stories from the Past
  • Non-Fiction
  • Illustrators, Young Readers
    Jacques and de Beanstalk
  • Non-Fiction
    The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a-Sunni Divide
  • History
    Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
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