Event Schedule

 
 

The 2020 Festival of Books is in Brookings Oct. 2-4

The South Dakota Festival of Books brings readers and writers together for book discussions, autograph signings and more! The 2020 schedule will be announced as the event draws nearer. For an idea of what kinds of events to expect, see our 2019 schedule below. 

 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, Oct 2

5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mount Rushmore Society
Fun evening featuring Heather Graham, Chris Enss & Melissa Lenhardt!

Thursday, Oct 3

10:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
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Rapid City Public Library
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
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Rapid City Public Library
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center
Meet and mingle with Festival presenters, enjoy delicious food.

Friday, Oct 4

10:00 am - 11:45 am
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Deadwood Public Library- Downstairs
A writing workshop where you’ll learn how to make your narrative as complex and mesmerizing as the tale you tell!
10:00 am - 11:45 am
10:00 am - 11:45 am
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Deadwood Mountain Grand - Backstage Area (formerly Prospector Room)
Writers — learn from Patrick Hicks how to capture speech in an authentic way and write compelling narrative that shapes your story.
10:00 am - 11:45 am
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Franklin Hotel- Emerald Room
A writing workshop with poetry techniques taught by South Dakota Poet Laureate Christine Stewart!
10:00 am - 11:45 am
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Deadwood Public Library- Main Floor
Writers — learn from NYT Bestselling author Tosca Lee how to create complex and sympathetic characters.
10:00 am - 11:15 am
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Tatanka: Story of the Bison
10:00 am - 11:00 am
10:30 am - 11:15 am
:
Historic Homestake Opera House
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
:
Tatanka: Story of the Bison
12:00 pm - 12:15 pm
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
:
Historic Homestake Opera House
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Backstage Area (formerly Prospector Room)
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Event Center
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm
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Deadwood VFW
Brian Turner teaches veterans and current service members lessons on writing about service-connected and combat experiences.
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Backstage Area (formerly Prospector Room)
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Conference Room
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
:
Deadwood Public Library- Downstairs
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
61 Presenters
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Event Center
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Conference Room
Learn the benefits of creative writing with SDHC scholar Molly Barari.
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
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His & Hers Ale House & Wine Bar
2017 One Book author J. Ryan Stradal returns to discuss his new book, "The Lager Queen of Minnesota" in this event featuring local draft beer and delicious flatbreads.
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
5:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Event Center
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Bill's Backstage Bar

Saturday, Oct 5

9:00 am - 9:45 am
:
Deadwood Public Library- Main Floor
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Event Center
9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
:
Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
9:00 am - 9:45 am
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Backstage Area (formerly Prospector Room)
9:00 am - 9:45 am
:
Martin & Mason Hotel- 1898 Ballroom
9:00 am - 9:45 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
:
Deadwood Public Library- Main Floor
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Backstage Area (formerly Prospector Room)
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
10:00 am - 10:45 am
:
Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
:
Franklin Hotel- Emerald Room
11:00 am - 11:45 am
:
Martin & Mason Hotel- 1898 Ballroom
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
62 Presenters
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Event Center
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Backstage Area (formerly Prospector Room)
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
:
Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
:
Deadwood Public Library- Main Floor
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
:
Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Event Center
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Backstage Area (formerly Prospector Room)
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Conference Room
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
:
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Backstage Area (formerly Prospector Room)
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
:
Deadwood Public Library- Downstairs
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
:
Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
:
Martin & Mason Hotel- 1898 Ballroom
5:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Event Center
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Bill's Backstage Bar
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Event Center
7:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Sunday, Oct 6

9:00 am - 10:15 am
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Deadwood Mountain Grand- Event Center
Enjoy breakfast with fellow bibliophiles on the final day of the Festival.
10:15 am - 11:00 am
Deadwood Mountain Grand - Backstage Area (formerly Prospector Room)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Springhill Suites at Cadillac Jack's Resort
Sean Sherman of the Sioux Chef and his team will serve a delicious meal featuring locally-sourced indigenous traditional foods!