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2020 South Dakota Festival of Books Going Virtual

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing and the health of readers and writers in mind, the 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books will be an all-virtual experience in 2020.

The Festival, in its 18th year of bringing readers and writers together, typically includes more than 100 public presentations. In lieu of in-person events, the 60-plus authors on the 2020 roster will discuss books, teach workshops, and interact with fans via Zoom, Crowdcast and Facebook Live in October. The lineup includes local favorites and perennial bestsellers.

"Safety is the first priority," said Ann Volin, director of the South Dakota Humanities Council, which hosts the annual event. "We will dearly miss our personal interactions with fans, volunteers, sponsors, authors, and everyone else who has made this event so special during the past 17 years, but we will host a robust virtual event and hope to be back in person in 2021."

SDHC Provides South Dakota Organizations with COVID-19 Emergency Support

The South Dakota Humanities Council offered grant funding to assist South Dakota cultural organizations struggling to maintain operations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The CARES grant provided unrestricted operating support, humanities program support, or both to qualifying organizations impacted by COVID-19. A total of $211,947 has been awarded to 24 organizations in 17 counties. Other applications are pending committee approval.



  1. The Virtual 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books includes some heavy hitters in the publishing world, including a homegrown Pulitzer Prize winner and a novelist whose book “World War Z” became a blockbuster movie starring Brad Pitt. Continue Reading

  2. Festival of Books fans have become accustomed to meeting their favorite authors in person every fall over the event’s 17 year history. This year, they’ll find joy from their living rooms through a carefully curated slate of events held via Zoom and Facebook Live. Continue Reading

  3. The South Dakota Center for the Book has selected David Heska Wanbli Weiden's "Spotted Tail" to represent South Dakota at the 2020 National Book Festival. Continue Reading

  4. The Journey continues. Continue Reading

Event Calendar

10:30 am | VIRTUAL PROGRAM!!
1:30 pm | Westminster Presbyterian Church
7:00 pm | Centerville Community Library

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

Want to read more about what the humanities are? Check out our definition of the humanities and examples of various humanities disciplines explored by our programs. 

The sole meaning in life is to serve humanity.
- Leo Tolstoy