SDHC Announcing 2022 One Book South Dakota at Day of Giving Party

One Book Reveal is at 10:10 am CT on Nov. 30

The South Dakota Humanities Council will reveal the 2022 One Book South Dakota during its fourth annual South Dakota Day of Giving Virtual Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

The 2022 One Book South Dakota will be announced at 10:10 am (CT), featuring a live appearance from the author. Meanwhile, members of the public are invited to join the open house virtually (click here to join) or in person anytime from 8 am to 5 pm (CT) to participate in a day full of celebratory activities: literature and poetry discussions, refreshments, office tours and a Battle of the Genres donation competition.

“We’re looking forward to announcing our 2022 One Book title and author during this special day of philanthropy,” said South Dakota Festival of Books Director Jennifer Widman. “The One Book announcement always invigorates the many readers across the state who participate in the program.”  

Since 2003, the One Book South Dakota program has encouraged people across South Dakota to read and discuss the same book throughout the year. Groups receive the current One Book on loan from the SDHC lending library and host a SDHC scholar for their event. The One Book author tours the state during the summer before giving the keynote lecture at the fall South Dakota Festival of Books, which will be held in Brookings Sept. 23-25, 2022. Young Readers events will be held in Sioux Falls Sept. 22.

All-day Virtual Party: Author Events and Friendly Competition

The all-day virtual party, held Nov. 30 to celebrate the 2021 Day of Giving, will celebrate philanthropy, humanities, and the stories that keep us connected. The SDHC office will be open and offering refreshments from 8 am until 5 pm on the Day of Giving.

To add a little excitement to this year's open house, SDHC encourages everyone to participate in the Battle of the Genres donation competition. Vote for your favorite genre - Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction, or Drama. The genre with the largest donation amount received by 11:59 pm on Nov. 30 will be honored as South Dakota's Genre of Choice!

Virtual Open House Schedule

  • 10 am: Welcome!
  • 10:10 am: One Book Reveal, Featuring a Non-fiction Presentation from the 2022 One Book Author
  • 11 am: Bruce Roseland — Poetry Presentation
  • 12 pm: Staff Genre Choices
  • 1 pm: Ann Charles — Fiction Presentation
  • 2 pm: Phyllis Schrag — Drama Presentation
  • 2:30 pm: Donation Update
  • 4:55 pm: Sign-Off!

2021 SDHC Day of Giving: How to Donate, Participate

Participants can donate online at, use the drive-up donation box outside our office, or come into the office to donate and visit with SDHC staff. We will host live presentations throughout the day via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Go online to see our donation options at or mail a check to our address:

South Dakota Humanities Council
1215 Trail Ridge Road Ste. A
Brookings, SD 57006

However you give, please indicate your chosen genre, whether through the notes section of your online donation (via PayPal) or the memo section of your check.

To keep track of contests and activities leading up to the main event, follow SDHC on Facebook (@sdhumanities) and subscribe to our e-newsletter (

If you have questions about the event or how to donate, please email or call 605-688-6113.

More About Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, is recognized nationally as Giving Tuesday, a philanthropy-oriented holiday created in 2012 in response to consumerism in November and December since the advent of Black Friday.

South Dakota Day of Giving is a movement to support nonprofits in the state who “are making life just a little bit better for all who call South Dakota home,” according to event organizer South Dakota Gives, which is coordinating the statewide #ForSouthDakota campaign.

South Dakota Day of Giving provides nonprofits a chance to highlight their work as donors across the state support their favorite organizations. Hundreds of South Dakota nonprofits are participating, and a group of local nonprofits has joined together as #BrookingsGives to encourage donations for Brookings County nonprofits, including SDHC.

South Dakota’s fourth statewide giving day kicks off at midnight on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, and continues until 11:59 p.m. that night.

SDHC’s Mission: Deliver Humanities Programming to South Dakota

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota.

Our vision is to lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement.

Any donation you make will enable us to reach more readers, young and old. We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, Nov. 30, to help us celebrate this special day for South Dakota. Subscribe to our E-updates below for additional information about the South Dakota Humanities Council.