Event Schedule

 

Virtual 2021 Festival is Sept. 18-Oct. 10, 2021

Please Note: The schedule below is a work in progress, and event times and locations are subject to change.

ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL DAYLIGHT TIME UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.

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Tickets are available for the Virtual 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books! If you haven't signed up yet, click below to get free tickets; general admission gets you in free to all events but four paid workshops (purchase separately during registration). Upon signing up, you'll receive email instructions for joining Festival events.

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Saturday, Sep 18

11:00 am - 11:45 am
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VIRTUAL
11 a.m. CT/ 10 a.m. MT
Discover how the Newbery Medal-winning author of bestsellers like The Crossover uses his books to “Change the World One Word at a Time.” Moderated by Lori Walsh, host of SDPB’s In the Moment.
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Thursday, Sep 23

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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VIRTUAL
7 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. MT
Hear the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Champion read her work and discuss her experiences. Moderated by Rebecca Cruse, Deputy Director of the SD Arts Council.
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Wednesday, Sep 29

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30-9 P.M. MT
TICKET REQUIRED.
Indulge your inner bad girl with food, drinks, and talks by Joshilyn Jackson, Lorelei
James/Lori Armstrong, Lydia Netzer & Ariel Lawhon, with a special appearance by Virgo the Vixen. *May include adult
content.* $15 in advance, $20 at the door (available only through the Dahl, 605-394-4101 or TheDahl.org)

Thursday, Sep 30

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Rapid City Public Library
1-5 P.M. MT
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: rapidcitylibrary.org/event/5589679
Joshilyn Jackson & Lydia Netzer lead this creative writing workshop that draws on improvisational theatre and role-playing games to create foundational material that can be crafted into poetry, essays, and fiction.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Festival Kickoff featuring Deadwood Hosts, Presenting Authors, & "The Transformational Power of Stories" with William Kent Krueger.
6:30 - 8:30 P.M. CST/5:30 - 7:30 P.M. MT
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Friday, Oct 1

10:00 am - 11:45 am
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VIRTUAL
TICKET REQUIRED.
Pacing is a key element in any compelling novel, whether you’re penning an epic family saga, a
romantic comedy or a tense thriller. Join author K.J. Howe to learn how to use structural choices
and word selections to control the pacing in your novel. Writing is like music, stretching from adagio
to staccato, and you need to find the right beat to keep readers up all night long.
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
SDPB Live Broadcast with host Lori Walsh and authors Lisa Napoli and Layli Long Soldier.
On SDPB Radio. 12:00 CT/11:00 MT
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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VIRTUAL
TICKET REQUIRED. $20
In this workshop, we'll discuss the distinctions among flash genres, read some noteworthy examples, and conduct exercises to begin drafting our own flash works.
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
:
VIRTUAL
TICKET REQUIRED.
Join the author of Whereas, the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award winner and 2017 National
Book Award finalist, for an exploration of the poetic creative process.
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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VIRTUAL
TICKET REQUIRED. ($20)
(Free for veterans & active service members! Call 605-688-6113 or email info@sdhumanities.org to register.)
In this workshop, Afghanistan Veteran and poet Halloran explores how war can be just one indicator of a greater cultural trauma and discuss strategies writers can use in the challenging field of trauma writing, whether it's their own story or someone else's.
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Melanie Benjamin and Ariel Lawhon will describe how they bring historical figures to life.

Saturday, Oct 2

11:00 am - 11:45 am
Jessica Bruder, Allyson Hobbs, Marc Johnson, and Lisa Napoli with moderator, Lori Walsh.
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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VIRTUAL
Lisa Napoli in Conversation with SDPB's Lori Walsh.
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Marshall and Nelson will be joined by Kathy Day Faulkner, author of "She Asked Crazy Horse Why"
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Presented by SD Humanities Council. Awardees are Dorinda Daniel (Individual), Cyndie Harlan (Librarian) and OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Organization).

Sunday, Oct 3

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Rapid City Public Library
2-2:45 P.M. MT
A small in-person audience will gather at the Rapid City Public Library to watch this Zoom event.
REGISTER at rapidcitylibrary.org/event/5350442
3:00 pm CT/2:00 pm MT

Monday, Oct 4

Tuesday, Oct 5

Wednesday, Oct 6

Friday, Oct 8

7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
:
VIRTUAL
7 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. MT
Van Camp will be joined by Joanna Jones & Liz Fayer, authors of “She Sang to the Wind,” and Jace DeCory, one of the Lakota women elders featured in the book.
Full online access information to come.

Sunday, Oct 10

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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VIRTUAL
4 p.m. CT / 3 p.m. MT
Momaday will discuss his life's work with SDSU Distinguished Professor Emeritus Charles Woodard.
Full online access information to come.