Virtual 2020


Welcome to the home page of the Virtual 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books! From here you can get all the information you need to access every event — all you need is an Internet connection! Register now, and you'll receive event links when the Festival draws nearer. Check this page often for updates.


Vital Links and Info: Virtual 2020

Register free for the Virtual 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books from our tickets page. All but three events are free; tickets to paid events can be purchased when you register. Registrants will receive specific Zoom event links via email as the event draws nearer. A Festival Preview Party will be held Sept. 22, followed by a special kickoff event Oct. 1. 

Note: While we are running registration through Eventbrite, links to Zoom events will be provided via email. After registering, you do not need to visit the Eventbrite page again or create an Eventbrite account.

Many events will also be broadcast on the South Dakota Humanities Council Facebook page.  

Thank you for being patient and willing to participate in this new format. We're hopeful we will see you in person again at the 2021 Festival in Deadwood! 

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing and the health of readers and writers in mind, the 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books will be an all-virtual experience in 2020.

The Festival, in its 18th year of bringing readers and writers together, typically includes more than 100 public presentations. In lieu of in-person events, the 60-plus authors on the 2020 roster will discuss books, teach workshops, and interact with fans via Zoom, Crowdcast and Facebook Live. The lineup includes local favorites and perennial bestsellers.

"Safety is the first priority," said Ann Volin, director of the South Dakota Humanities Council, which hosts the annual event. "We will dearly miss our personal interactions with fans, volunteers, sponsors, authors, and everyone else who has made this event so special during the past 17 years, but we will host a robust virtual event and hope to be back in person in 2021."