South Dakota Festival of Books Guide Released

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books is switching from an in-person format to an all-virtual format. Visit sdbookfestival.com for more information.

Guide: Comprehensive Resource for Festival Attendees

The 2021 Festival of Books Guide for the Oct. 1-3 Virtual 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books has been released to the public.

Digital and print versions, produced by the South Dakota Humanities Council in partnership with South Dakota Magazine, are available for free. Click the button below to receive a copy of the publication in your email inbox; email info@sdhumanities.org to have a copy mailed to you.

Guide to Events, Presenters, Venues

The Festival Guide includes information about 2021 Festival presenters, events, exhibitors and more. It also includes literary content, with exclusive feature stories written by staff members at South Dakota Magazine.

Those who attend the Festival find the free publication an invaluable resource for scoping out events to attend, identifying authors to meet, and navigating venues to visit. Still growing after 19 years, the Festival brings together readers and writers for readings, lectures, panel discussions and more. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books is switching from an in-person format to an all-virtual format.

“The Guide is a ‘must-have’ resource for those who attend the Festival,” said Festival of Books Director Jennifer Widman. “We really appreciate our partnership with South Dakota Magazine, which allows us to create an attractive, readable, informative publication for our signature event.”

Each year, the Festival of Books features a common read for children and adults via the One Book South Dakota program. The 2021 One Book is The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin, while acclaimed poet/author Juan Felipe Herrera and illustrator Lauren Castillo teamed up to create the 2021 Young Readers One Book, Imagine/Imagina, featuring text in both English and Spanish.

The 2021 Festival includes a variety of well-known authors, such as non-fiction author/journalist Jessica Bruder, whose Nomadland was a big hit on the big screen. The film adaptation of the book won three Oscars: Best Director (Chloé Zhao), Best Actress (McDormand) and Best Picture at the 2021 Academy Awards. The Fiction Track includes New York Times Bestsellers Mary Kay Andrews, Marc Cameron, Joshilyn Jackson, Stephen Graham Jones, and many others. Additional Festival tracks include History/Tribal, Poetry, Children’s/YA, and Writers’ Support.

Receive a Free Copy of the Guide

To learn more about the 2021 Festival, get your free copy of the guide today! Click the link below for your free download.