Virtual 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books Videos Available Online

More Than 50 Presentations Available for Free Viewing

Ready to relive the Virtual 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books, or catch a presentation you missed? Our gallery of nearly 50 video presentations from the October online event is now live at!

Find educational and entertaining discussions by nationally recognized writers such as Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday, internationally bestselling mystery writer J.A. Jance, and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet Layli Long Soldier. You can also check out local and regional favorites, including New York Times bestseller Kent Meyers, memoirist Mary Alice Haug, South Dakota Poet Laureate Christine Stewart-Nunez and many more!

About the Virtual 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 South Dakota Festival of Books switched from an in-person format to an all-virtual format.

The Festival, in its 19th year of bringing readers and writers together, typically includes more than 100 public presentations and was scheduled for Oct. 1-3 in Deadwood. In lieu of in-person events, the 50-plus authors on the 2021 roster discussed books, taught workshops, and interacted with fans via Zoom and Facebook live. Those recordings, except for a handful restricted by copyright or other factors, are now available for viewing.

"The advantage of a virtual event is that people in any location can to use an internet connection to enjoy conversations with fellow readers and highly-respected authors," said South Dakota Humanities Council Executive Director Ann Volin. "We're pleased to offer Festival fans this opportunity to continue to enjoy and relive the distinctive moments from the event via these recordings."

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