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SD Festival of Books

Mark your calendars for the 22nd annual South Dakota Festival of Books!
September 20-22, 2024 – Brookings, 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.

Thank you for being the driving force behind our vision of a brighter future.

Our 2023 Festival of Books exceeded our expectations, all thanks to your unwavering support. This year, we saw an incredible turnout, with over 8,000 enthusiastic session attendees enjoying events in Deadwood, SD. The smiles and energy in the air were a testament to the impact your donations and volunteer efforts made! But this is just another remarkable chapter in our journey.

Imagine the transformation we can bring to our community with your continued support for 2024. Together, we can ignite the imaginations of countless Young Readers and continue to celebrate the joy of literature for all ages through the Festival of Books. The possibilities are endless, but we need your help to make them a reality.

Your contributions matter more than ever to create brighter futures across South Dakota. We need funding to ensure that every third grader receives a book in 2024, along with supporting class materials and author visits! Help us ignite children’s love for reading and open doors to endless possibilities. Please click this link to donate or participate as a 2024 Festival of Books volunteer by contacting us.

Our mission depends on the generosity of people like you! 

2023 Festival of Books Brought to You by:

  • 2023 Festival Premier

    Larson Family Foundation

  • 2023 Festival Producer

  • 2023 Festival Presenter

          SD Arts Council 

  • 2023 Festival Partners


  • 2023 Tribute Sponsors

               First Bank & TrustNHFCUSD Public Broadcasting

  • 2023 Festival Donors
    • Linda & Dennis Daugaard

    • Craig & Della Tschetter


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 2023 Kick-off Events & Schedule Festival 2023 Kick-off Events & Schedule

Schedule Updates!

Festival 2023 Kick-off Events & Schedule Festival 2023 Kick-off Events & Schedule

Wednesday-Friday, Sept. 20-22

Day Two Festival Schedule 2023 Day Two Festival Schedule 2023

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 23-24


Never miss out!

 Livestream events available on our Facebook Page. View presentation outline below.

Event details are from the time of the Festival, but we’ve recorded them to always be available for your enjoyment on our Facebook page!

Livestream Schedule 2023 Livestream Schedule 2023

Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 21-24



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