Event Schedule

The 2019 Festival of Books includes events in Deadwood and Rapid City, SD

The South Dakota Festival of Books brings readers and writers together for book discussions, autograph signings and more! If you're unfamiliar with the event, read our 2018 schedule below to get an idea of what to expect. Our 2019 schedule will be posted as information becomes available. 

Monday, Sep 17

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Thursday, Sep 20

10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Washington Pavilion, Schulte Black Box Theater
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Washington Pavilion, Stage Science
10:00 am - 10:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Washington Pavilion, Schulte Black Box Theater
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Washington Pavilion, Belbas Theater
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Washington Pavilion, Stage Science
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
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Washington Pavilion, Schulte Black Box Theater
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
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Washington Pavilion, Stage Science
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Washington Pavilion, Belbas Theater
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Washington Pavilion, Schulte Black Box Theater
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Washington Pavilion, Stage Science
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Alumni Center, Woster Celebration Hall
Mingle with Festival authors and enjoy hors d'ouvres from Aramark Catering. Each ticket includes one free drink, then cash bar.

Friday, Sep 21

9:00 am - 11:30 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Children's Museum of SD, Community Room
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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City County Building, Community Room
This session will offer tips and benefits of using setting to enrich our stories while also emphasizing the need to show, not tell, a story’s location.
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Brookings Public Library, Cooper Room A
This workshop will focus on the building blocks that drive story forward, be that for fiction or nonfiction. With its hands-on approach, you'll get practical advice and exercises geared to writers of all levels.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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First United Methodist Church, Ed Wing Library
The fate of a novel can depend on the first page. It must snap its fingers in agents’ and editors’ faces, shake them by the shoulders, and spark a fire so high that readers leap to the next page. In this workshop, we’ll look at your first page as agents and editors might.
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Brookings Public Library, Cooper Room B
We all want to write that book that readers won't put down, but how do we transform our ideas and characters into a riveting story? This workshop introduces you to the simple but revolutionary Plot Box method of plotting your book. Participants will leave with a Plot Box kit (detailed in event description) as well as a clear map for structuring their story, whether it is memoir or fiction.
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Children's Museum of SD, Party on One
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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Children's Museum of SD, Community Room
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Children's Museum of SD, Party on One
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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SDSU Student Union, Walder Room
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn will be joined by Tasivagnunpa Barondeaux and Patty Bordeaux Nelson.
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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SDSU Student Union, Walder Room
Alice Sebold in conversation with Rebecca Bott-Knutson and Kate Stock.
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
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Children's Museum of SD, Community Room
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
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Children's Museum of SD, Party on One
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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First United Methodist Church, Ed Wing Library
Did your great-uncle collect matchbooks? Was your cousin's brother a lumberjack-turned-Vaudeville star? Participants rate this workshop off-the-charts and call it “the best workshop of the day.” Learn to create better characters in your writing by using elements of the most engaging people you know.
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
First United Methodist Church's Community Life Center
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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SDSU Briggs Library, Archives & Special Collections Reading Room
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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First United Methodist Church, Ed Wing 204
A good story is always compelling, but if you want your book to leave an indelible mark, prose matters. In this workshop you’ll learn some techniques to make your narrative as complex and mesmerizing as the tale you tell.
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
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SD Art Museum, Galleries
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
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Children's Museum of SD, Community Room
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Children's Museum of SD, Party on One
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
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Brookings Public Library, Cooper Rooms A&B
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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SDSU Student Union, Dakota Rooms
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
First United Methodist Church's Community Life Center
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Shadé Vineyard & Winery
Join the authors of "South Dakota Wine: A Fruitful History" to learn more about our state's growing wine making industry and to sample some of the products!
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Performing Arts Center, Larson Memorial Concert Hall
Alice Sebold in conversation with Lori Walsh, host of Dakota Midday, SDPB Radio's live news and issues program.
8:15 pm - 9:30 pm
Performing Arts Center, Fishback Studio Theater

Saturday, Sep 22

9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
First United Methodist Church's Community Life Center
9:00 am - 9:45 am
First United Methodist Church, Basement
9:00 am - 9:45 am
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First United Methodist Church, Sanctuary
9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
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Brookings Arts Council, Main Gallery
9:00 am - 9:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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First United Methodist Church, Sanctuary
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Brookings Arts Council, Main Gallery
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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First United Methodist Church, Basement
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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Children's Museum of SD, Community Room
10:00 am - 10:45 am
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City County Building, Council Chambers
Patrick Hicks is joined by Jodi Andrews, Mary Haug, Adam Luebke, Erika Saunders, Rick Skorupski and Steven Wingate.
10:00 am - 10:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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First United Methodist Church, Ed Wing 206
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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City County Building, Council Chambers
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
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First United Methodist Church, Sanctuary
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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First United Methodist Church, Basement
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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Brookings Activity Center, Senior Center
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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First United Methodist Church, Sanctuary
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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Children's Museum of SD, Party on Two
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
First United Methodist Church's Community Life Center
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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City County Building, Community Room
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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First United Methodist Church, Ed Wing 206
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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First United Methodist Church, Sanctuary
Additional readers who will be joining the presenter are Darla Biel, Barbara Duffey, Jeanne Emmons, Lindy Obach, Christine Stewart and Norma C. Wilson.
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
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Children's Museum of SD, Party on Two
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Children's Museum of SD, Community Room
SDHC Executive Director Sherry DeBoer in Conversation with SDHC Board Member Eric Abrahamson and SD Author and SDHC Humanities Scholar Patrick Hicks
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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First United Methodist Church, Sanctuary
Additional readers who will be joining the presenters are Joyce Sutphen and Marianne Zarzana.
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Children's Museum of SD, Party on One
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Brookings Arts Council, Main Gallery
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Brookings Public Library, Cooper Rooms A&B
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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Brookings Activity Center, Senior Center
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
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City County Building, Council Chambers
Jon Lauck and John Miller are joined by Robert V. (Bob) Burns.
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Old Market Eatery
Win autographed books, original illustrations, Skype sessions with authors and more!
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunday, Sep 23

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Enjoy a brunch catered by Aramark while learning more about fiction of all kinds - literary, historical, mystery, romance, and more - from best-selling authors in all these genres!