Watch the 2020 Festival of Books from your Living Room

More Than 50 Presentations Available for Free Viewing

The full gallery of videos from the Virtual 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books is live!

More than 50 video presentations from the October online event are available for viewing free at sdbookfestival.com/virtual. Click the button below to find educational and entertaining discussions by regional and local favorites and nationally recognized writers such as Max Brooks, Angelica Shirley Carpenter, Robert Dugoni, Karl Marlantes, Sally Roesch Wagner, and more.

Transition to Virtual

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books was all-virtual in its 18th year of bringing readers and writers together. The Festival, which in typical years includes more than 100 public presentations, united 60-plus authors in 2020 with readers around the nation over Zoom and Facebook Live. All of those recordings, but for a handful restricted by copyright or other factors, are now available for viewing.

We encourage you to check out this comprehensive video gallery, where you can watch authors celebrate their writing and share anecdotes, poems, feelings, inspiration. From the nationally famous – "World War Z" author Max Brooks discussing his book that became a blockbuster hit starring Brad Pitt – to regional talents like Sioux Falls poet Dana Yost, who shared heartfelt verses about his experiences with mental health challenges, authors opened their hearts and minds to audience members in South Dakota and far beyond.

We're happy to share these videos from what was a special event for all of us, with everything from writing workshops to poetry and literature readings garnering large Zoom crowds as participants reflected on literature and life. Many attendees have noted how much they have enjoyed the intimacy of the Virtual Festival during a time when they are feeling isolated.

Now, you can relive this event from the comfort of your home.

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