2015 Festival Preview!

~ Sept. 24-27 in Rapid City and Deadwood ~



William Kent Krueger                                   Megan McDonald


This fall, book lovers across the state will head for the hills—the Black Hills, that is! The 2015 South Dakota Festival of Books, Sept. 24-27 in Rapid City and Deadwood, will feature events for readers and writers of all ages and interests.

Headlining the 13th annual Festival of Books will be William Kent Krueger, author of the 2015 One Book South Dakota, Ordinary Grace. Other confirmed participants include best-selling novelists Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain, A Sudden Light) and Pam Houston (C Cowboys Are My Weakness, Contents May Have Shifted), Harper Lee biographer Charles Shields, Calamity Jane experts Richard Etulain and James McLaird, and poets Linda Hasselstrom and Twyla Hansen, who will give their first reading together from the book Dirt Songs.

Festival favorite John Dufresne (No Regrets, Coyote) will be back to lead a workshop on flash fiction, and the Book Doctors, David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut, will give an encore presentation of their popular Pitchapalooza event. South Dakota’s new Poet Laureate will also be announced at a special event bringing together outgoing Laureate David Allan Evans and all four Laureate finalists.

The young and young at heart will find both entertainment and education at the second annual Young Readers Festival of Books. Led by Megan McDonald, author of the 2015 Young Readers One Book Stink: Twice as Incredible, more than a dozen children’s and young adult authors and illustrators will visit schools and discuss their work.

Ashley Wolff (Baby Bear, Miss Bindergarten) will present a “boot camp” for budding illustrators, and science writer Rebecca L. Johnson will describe the fascinating and frightening creatures she’s observed in nature. Teenagers will enjoy learning how National Book Award winner Pete Hautman chooses his topics, from real-life adolescent issues to time-twisting science fiction scenarios.

Watch this space for further updates on presenters and events. We’ll see you in the Hills!

2014 Presenting Partners
2014 Tribute Sponsors
Produced By:



The Ament Group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Augustana College & The Center for Western Studies, Sheryl & Terry Baloun, BankWest, Brookings Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dick & Sue Brown, Children's Museum of South Dakota, Tom & Sherry DeBoer, Friends of the South Dakota Festival of Books, The de Groot Foundation, Farmers Insurance/Dave Schmidt Insurance Agency, Inc., Holiday Inn City Centre, Dan & Arlene Kirby, Larson Foundation, Judith Meierhenry, Carolyn and Mark Mollers, Orpheum Theater Center, Scott & Linda Rausch, Steven W. Sanford, Jerry & Gail Simmons, Dan & Becky Schenk, Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau, Siouxland Public Libraries, South Dakota State University Foundation & SDSU President David Chicoine,

Watertown Community Foundation, Ann & Robert Weisgarber

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