Pulitzer Prize Centennial

A year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize allowed SDHC to truly welcome the best books -- and authors -- to South Dakota. SDHC exposed large audiences to the brilliant work of an unprecedented 13 Pulitzer Prize-winning authors who visited the state in 2016.

SDHC's 2016 Festival of Books, which drew upwards of 10,000 attendees of all ages, was highlighted by the presence of six Pulitzer Prize winners:


  1. In 2018, the South Dakota Humanities Council hosted distinguished humanities experts and helped South Dakotans discuss contemporary issues of vital importance to America’s democracy. Continue Reading

  2. Not many writers have written both Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism pieces and National Book Award-winning books. Timothy Egan has. Continue Reading

  3. SDHC's Book Club to Go Lending Library is full of good books to read, including books that won or were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes. Continue Reading

  4. September 18, 2017

    Robert Olen Butler’s military service in Vietnam informs much of his most recognized writing. Continue Reading

  5. Three people and one bank were recognized with the 2016 Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities award for their contributions to humanities in the state. Continue Reading

  6. South Dakota Public Broadcasting's Lori Walsh talks with Jane Smiley in front of a live audience at the South Dakota Festival of Books in Brookings. Continue Reading