South Dakota Festival of Books

Join the South Dakota Historical Society Press, its authors, and many others in a celebration of books!

'Bringing Readers and Writers Together'


As South Dakota's premier annual literary event, held each fall, the South Dakota Festival of Books draws around 4,000 attendees and showcases more than 50 distinguished authors, scholars, and publishers. Attendees and speakers participate in panels, workshops and readings.

The South Dakota Festival of Books was virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the latest Festival news, subscribe to our e-newsletter.

One Book South Dakota and the One Book author are central to the Festival. We choose one book each year to promote reading and conversation across the state. Local groups and organizations can host a One Book South Dakota discussion.

Most Festival events are free, but each year there are a handful of ticketed events that can be purchased on our website.

Contact info@sdhumanities.org or call 605-688-6113 with any questions.