Schedule

2018 South Dakota Festival of Books

The 2018 Festival will kick off in Brookings with an author reception the evening of Sept. 20. On Friday, Sept. 21, we'll have Young Readers events at the Children's Museum of South Dakota and in local schools, as well as events on campus and in the downtown area (Central Historic District). Saturday, Sept. 22, will be our author extravaganza in the downtown area, and we'll close with a brunch on Sunday.

Young Readers events will take place at the Washington Pavilion on Thursday, Sept. 20. 

Stay tuned for additional information in our e-newsletter and blog

Downloadable Grid Schedules

Below is scheduling information about the 2017 South Dakota Festival of Books, which was held in Deadwood Sept. 21-24, 2017. Keep an eye on sdbookfestival.com for information about the 2018 Festival of Books, which will be held Sept. 20-23 in Brookings and Sioux Falls.

Check out our downloadable pdf's (Right-click and select "save target as" to download. Click to view.).

Online Calendar

Below is our online calendar of events, sortable by day, venue, genre and presenter!

For more about the authors, check out the South Dakota Festival of Books blog!

Wednesday, Sep 20

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Racing Magpie & Seed Theater
Meet "Kitchens of the Great Midwest" author, J. Ryan Stradal and enjoy a traditional Lakota meal presented by Bird Cage Book Store and the Cheyenne River Youth Project.
Tickets required: Adult, $12; Youth (12 and under), $5

Thursday, Sep 21

10:00 am - 10:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Homestake Opera House

Friday, Sep 22

9:15 am - 10:00 am
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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
9:30 am - 10:45 am
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Tatanka - Story of the Bison
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Franklin Hotel - Emerald Room
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Prospector Room
Karen Abbott and Denise Kiernan take audience members through the process of creating and selling narrative fiction. 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:15 am
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Historic Homestake Opera House
Chris Van Dusen speaks to third-graders.
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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Tatanka - Story of the Bison
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
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Tatanka - Story of the Bison
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
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Historic Homestake Opera House
Chris Van Dusen speaks to third-graders.
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
Enjoy anniversary cake, get your passport, and find your Hall favorites with an Exhibitors Hall diagram. Just stop at the SDHC Information Booth!
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Hotel Conference Room
SDHC Board Chair Judith Meierhenry and SDHC Board Executive Committee Member Eric Abrahamson
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Prospector Room
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
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Deadwood Public Library - Main Floor
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
Enjoy anniversary cake during the Mass Book Signing in Exhibitor Hall!
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sturgis Community Center
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Historic Homestake Opera House
Performance by Flower & Flame
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Prospector Room

Saturday, Sep 23

9:00 am - 9:45 am
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Hotel Conference Room
SDHC Board Member Whitney Rencountre & SDHC Grantees Rosie Sprague, Rob Timm & Christine Van Ness
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
Enjoy anniversary cake, get your passport, and find your Hall favorites with an Exhibitors Hall diagram. Just stop at the SDHC Information Booth!
9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Franklin Hotel - Emerald Room
9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Martin Mason Hotel - 1898 Ballroom
9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center
A copy of the author's latest book is included in the ticket price.
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Deadwood Public Library - Downstairs
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center
Nancy Tystad Koupal of the South Dakota Historical Society Press
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Franklin Hotel - Emerald Room
South Dakota State Poet Laureate, Lee Ann Roripaugh
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Hotel Conference Room
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Masonic Temple - Main Floor
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Prospector Room
11:00 am - 11:45 am
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
11:00 am - 11:45 am
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Hotel Conference Room
11:00 am - 11:45 am
:
Franklin Hotel - Emerald Room
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
:
Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
:
Martin Mason Hotel - 1898 Ballroom
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Hotel Conference Room
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
Presented by the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Gene Luen Yang
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
Enjoy anniversary cake during the Mass Book Signing in Exhibitor Hall!
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
:
Martin Mason Hotel - 1898 Ballroom
Mary Fitzgerald, Stephanie Rissler (SDPB)
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Prospector Room
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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Deadwood Public Library - Main Floor
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Hotel Conference Room
SDHC Board Member Russell McKnight with Arts South Dakota Board Chair Brian Bonde, Arts South Dakota Executive Director Jim Speirs and SDHC & Arts South Dakota Board Member Dick Brown
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Homestake Adams Research & Cultural Center
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
Preceded by the presentation of the 2017 Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities Awards
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Bill's Backstage Bar
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Historic Homestake Opera House
Performance by Flower & Flame
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
Screening is followed by discussion with Ron Capps and Vietnam veterans Larry Mayes, Brad Morgan and Craig Tschetter.
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Prospector Room
Readings sponsored by the South Dakota State Poetry Society

Sunday, Sep 24

9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Hotel Conference Room
Insights about writing
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Event Center
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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Rapid City Public Library
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Gene Luen Yang