SD Festival of Books

Join us for the 21st annual South Dakota Festival of Books!
September 22-24, 2023 – Deadwood, SD

The state’s premier literary event, the Festival celebrates literature in South Dakota and beyond by connecting the very best regional and national writers with our state’s readers for conversations, presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and special events.

Through workshops and craft talks offered by established authors and publishing professionals, it provides unique support for aspiring writers to craft and share their stories.

2022 Festival of Books Brought to You by:

  • 2022 Festival Premiers

    National Endowment for the Humanities   Larson Family Foundation

  • 2022 Festival Producer

    First Bank & Trust

  • 2022 Festival Presenters

          SD Arts Council   Visit Brookings

  • 2022 Festival Partners

    City of Brookings   Brass Family Foundation Washington Pavilion  Robert and Patricia Fishback Foundation  SDSU

  • 2022 Tribute Sponsors

    Brookings Library & Friends of the Library    NHFCU    SD Public Broadcasting  Children's Museum  Brookings Register

  • 2022 Festival Donors

    McCrory Gardens | South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum | South Dakota Art Museum | Craig & Della Tschetter

A special thanks to all of the donors and volunteers who support our programs!


Click a schedule image below to view the full-size, downloadable schedule.

Event details are subject to change. Refer to this website regularly for schedule updates, or stop by the SDHC Information Booth during Festival hours to view the Festival Updates Bulletin.

Festival Schedule 2022 Friday Festival Schedule 2022 Friday

Friday, Sept. 23

Saturday Schedule 2022 Saturday Schedule 2022

Saturday, Sept. 24

Young Readers Schedule Updated Young Readers Schedule Updated

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For 2023 Exhibitors

Information and applications for the 2023 Exhibitors’ Hall will be released in late April. To receive this packet, please email

Carol Blackford

Canby, MN

Becky Blue

Sioux Falls, SD

Brenda Donelan

Pierre, SD

Shirley Swier Jones

Sioux Falls, SD

Tammy Knudtson

Brookings, SD

Mary Mayer

Sioux Falls, SD

Dan McKittrick

Sioux Falls, SD

John Nemec

Midland, SD

Debra Pitton

Bloomington, MN

Greg Redlin

Vermillion, SD

Charles Rogers

Sioux Falls, SD

Angela Schmeling

Sioux Falls, SD

Ruby R. Wilson

Bruce, SD


Center for Western Studies

Sioux Falls, SD

Children’s Museum of South Dakota

Brookings, SD

Cosworth Publishing

Los Angeles, CA

Pathfinder ES, LLC

Rapid City, SD

Ellis Press, Plains Press & Spoon River Poetry Press

Marshall, MN

Saint Rita’s Amazing Traveling Bookstore

Eureka, MT

South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum Press

Brookings, SD

South Dakota Art Museum

Brookings, SD

South Dakota Historical Society Press

Pierre, SD

University of Nebraska Press

Lincoln, NE


Antiques & Art

Piedmont, SD

Booth Society

Spearfish, SD

Haiti Alive!

Tea, SD

Oak Lake Writers Society

Brookings, SD

OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)

Sioux Falls, SD

SDSU School of English and Interdisciplinary Studies

Brookings, SD

Siouxland Heritage Museums

Sioux Falls, SD

South Dakota Public Broadcasting

Sioux Falls, SD

South Dakota State Poetry Society

Seneca, SD

Western Writers of America

Encampment, WY
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