Make a Difference
Our impact at the Festival of Books increases with volunteer support. Our small staff of six relies on Festival volunteers to support authors, build excitement for presenters, manage background logistics, handle office tasks and greet Festival guests. While volunteers are critical to the Festival's success, volunteering puts you side-by-side with Festival authors and introduces you to other book lovers from around the region.
What's It Like to Volunteer at the Festival?
The South Dakota Humanities Council depends on volunteers to make the event run smoothly. Above, volunteers at the information table direct attendees to various venues.
More About the South Dakota Festival of Books
The South Dakota Festival of Books has featured a number of famous authors over its 17-year history, including fiction authors Jane Smiley, Louise Erdrich, William Kent Krueger, and Tim O'Brien; children's authors Gene Luen Yang and Kate DiCamillo; and many more. The event is run by the South Dakota Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit whose sole purpose is to provide humanities programs for South Dakotans. As well as writing in various genres such as non-fiction, fiction, and poetry, Festival of Books authors explore various humanities disciplines including history, language, literature and much more.