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The South Dakota Festival of Books is organized by the South Dakota Center for the Book and the South Dakota Humanities Council. Please contact us with any questions or comments during our normal hours of operation, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.

  605-688-6113 (Emergency numbers for during Festival found here)
  South Dakota Humanities Council
1215 Trail Ridge Rd., Suite A
Brookings, SD 57006
Press Kit
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Each year thousands of people converge on the annual South Dakota Festival of Books, a weekend-long event that features more than 40 well-known authors participating in book signings, presentations, panel discussions and readings. Author presentations are separated into six tracks: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s/youth, history/tribal,
and writer’s support.

Over the course of 11 festivals, many distinguished authors and cultural figures have attended, such as Sherman Alexie, Marilynne Robinson, Ted Kooser, Sonia Monzano, Annie Proulx, Quincy Troupe, Susan Power, Louise Erdrich, Pete Dexter, and Ivan Doig; NPR hosts Carl Kassel, Neal Conan, and Juan Williams; and publishing industry representatives including Judy Hottensen, John Glusman, and Paul Cirone.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I need to register in advance to attend the Festival of Books?
A: We are no longer requiring general registration, but we are requiring you to reserve seats for keynote events or to pay for events featuring workshops or meals. Please PRINT and bring your ticket(s) to the event entrance. For example, FREE tickets for reserved seats for keynote events should be brought to the venue. Tickets for events featuring meals or workshops should also be brought to the appropriate venue.

Q: Is the Festival outside?
A: Not really. You may spend time walking outside in between events but the majority of time will be spent in comfortable, air-conditioned buildings.

Q: Is the Festival of Books really FREE!?
A: Yes! Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors the majority of events at the Festival of Books are free.Workshops and events that feature food or music require tickets.

Q: How can I support the Festival of Books?
A: You can support the Festival of Books in two important ways: By volunteering or by donating.

Q: Will books be sold at the Festival?
A: Yes. All book sales are located in Festival Central.

Q: Is the Festival an all-ages event? Is it kid-friendly?
A: Yes. We have a number of events geared specifically for children and teenagers.

Q: What if I have a question that's not listed here?
A: You can e-mail us at

Q: Should I be worried about gunslinging?
A: Only when the event is in Deadwood (The Festival alternates locations each year).



The Ament Group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Sheryl Baloun, Black Hills Power, Sandra Brannan, Dakota West Books, Deadwood History Inc., Deadwood Mountain Grand, Deadwood Public Library, Tom and Sherry DeBoer, The de Groot Foundation, First Bank and Trust, Franklin Hotel, Friends of the South Dakota Festival of Books, Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead, Fee and Jerry Jacobsen, Sandy Jerstad, Robert and Gerry Berger Law, Lead-Deadwood Elementary School, Martin & Mason Hotel, Masonic Temple, Hon. Judith Meierhenry, Midcontinent Communications, Matt Moen, Jean Nicholson, Scott and Linda Rausch, Dan and Becky Schenk, Jerry and Gail Simmons, South Dakota Magazine, South Dakota State University Office of the President, Jack and Linda Stengel, TDG Communications, Ann McKay Thompson, Ann and Robert Weisgarber, William Walsh, Watertown Community Foundation
South Dakota Center for the Book | 1215 Trail Ridge Rd., Suite A, Brookings, SD 57006 | 605-688-6113