The 2013 Festival in Photos


We encourage you to take a look at the above slideshow, which features photographic highlights of our 2013 South Dakota Festival of Books held in Deadwood in September.

The 2013 Festival featured large crowds, and we are expecting similar crowds at our 2014 Festival! We are so excited to have begun planning for the 12th annual South Dakota Festival of Books, to be held Sept. 26-28, 2014 in Sioux Falls. The Festival will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the state’s entry into the union. In honor of this important anniversary, several of the 50 presenters will reflect on South Dakota’s history and look toward its future.

Headlining the 2014 Festival will be acclaimed poet and essayist Kathleen Norris, author of "Dakota: A Spiritual Geography," the 2014 One Book North and South Dakota. Her keynote address will culminate a six-city tour on which she will sign books and discuss her work with readers around the state.

Several other exciting Festival presenters are already confirmed, including Newbery Award-winning children’s author Avi and internationally best-selling crime writer Karin Slaughter. As in previous years, presentations will cover a wide range of topics and genres, including six main tracks: fiction, non-fiction, history/tribal, poetry, children’s/young adult and writers’ support.

Watch this page for updates as this great event comes together!

Also, download our free Save the Date card below!

2014 Save the Date



2013 Presenting Partners
2013 Tribute Sponsors
Produced By:



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
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