Pulitzer Prize Centennial

A year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize allowed SDHC to truly welcome the best books -- and authors -- to South Dakota. SDHC exposed large audiences to the brilliant work of an unprecedented 13 Pulitzer Prize-winning authors who visited the state in 2016.

SDHC's 2016 Festival of Books, which drew upwards of 10,000 attendees of all ages, was highlighted by the presence of six Pulitzer Prize winners:


  1. September 18, 2017

    Robert Olen Butler’s military service in Vietnam informs much of his most recognized writing. Continue Reading

  2. Three people and one bank were recognized with the 2016 Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities award for their contributions to humanities in the state. Continue Reading

  3. South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Lori Walsh talks with Jane Smiley in front of a live audience at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings. Continue Reading

  4. A collection of essays from scholars, educators, authors and journalists on the value of works by the Pulitzer Prize winners who have presented in SD in 2016. Continue Reading

  5. In fall 1995, Michael Chabon was sitting pretty. He had three books to his credit, each more warmly received than the last. Continue Reading

  6. The Pulitzer Prize is so widely recognized and respected that it’s almost a guarantee to appear in the first paragraph of your biography. Continue Reading

Upcoming Pulitzer Events

Stay tuned for additional announcements. 

Programs & Events

9:00 am | Alcester-Hudson Elementary School
9:00 am | Sturgis Williams Middle School
7:00 pm | K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library