Virtual 2020 Festival Enters Final Week

Ann Bausum does a Zoom presentation for young readers during the Virtual 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books. The event concludes Oct. 23. 

Final Events Held Oct. 19-23

There's a week left for readers and writers to connect online over books, converse about ideas and celebrate words. We encourage you to visit (if you haven't already) and join us in celebrating the written word with presentations on memoir, poetry, fiction, cooking and more from Oct. 19 through the Festival's conclusion on Friday, Oct. 23.

The Virtual 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books has been a success thus far, with events from writing workshops to poetry and literature readings garnering large Zoom crowds. Many attendees have noted how much they have enjoyed the camaraderie and intimacy of the Virtual Festival during a time when many are feeling isolated.

"It lifts my spirits that you were able to put together a virtual program rather than canceling," said one anonymous evaluator. "These are exactly the kinds of programs we need at this time!"

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books has been an all-virtual experience. 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 have discussed books, taught workshops, and interacted with fans via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Creating an entirely new format has had its advantages, as the virtual Festival has reached a wide audience of people who could not have attended an in-person event.

"It's been exciting for us to see people logging on from all over the nation and even the world," said Jennifer Widman, Festival of Books Director. "And we've been heartened by the engagement level of our audiences. Their questions and comments for presenters now arrive through the Zoom chat, but they are just as thoughtful and insightful as ever. All of this makes us realize that, whatever the format, people will always be hungry to talk about books and ideas."

Audiences have enjoyed the virtual company of regional and local favorites and nationally recognized writers such as Max Brooks, Angelica Shirley Carpenter, Robert Dugoni, Karl Marlantes, Sally Roesch Wagner, and more.

Check out the remaining events below!

Festival of Books Schedule Oct. 19-Oct. 23 


Monday, Oct 19

Tuesday, Oct 20

Wednesday, Oct 21

Thursday, Oct 22

Friday, Oct 23

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