South Dakota Festival of Books goes virtual
Being added it to the list of events going virtual this year because of the pandemic — the statewide Festival of Books.
Typically thousands gather each year, for the past 17 years, for this event that connects readers and writers to discuss books, teach workshops and interact.
60 plus authors from near and far will be hosting book talks and panel discussions, the majority of the festival is free to attend.
Festival organizers are hoping the easy access to the event will bring in new participants.
Jennifer Widman, Dir. of the South Dakota Center for the Book, says, “Of course we are disappointed we can’t get together in person, because one of our big goals is bringing readers and writers together and it’s not going to be quite the same but on the other hand, you know zoom and other virtual platforms eliminate all of those geographical constraints that you might otherwise have.”
The 2020 South Dakota Festival of Books will kick off with a virtual welcome Thursday, Oct. 1 and continue with events throughout the weekend and into late-October.
Featured at the 2020 Festival are local and regional authors as well as nationally recognized writers such as Max Brooks, Angelica Shirley Carpenter, Robert Dugoni, Karl Marlantes, Sally Roesch Wagner, and more.
For information on how to join the Festival of Books virtual event this year, click here.
Widman says, “I think we are all drawn to stories and in a time like this, when we are not able to get together in person as much. Having those connections, whether its fiction or it’s reading about history, whether it’s poetry, whether it’s children’s books … I think that’s a really valuable part of life.”
This event is sponsored by South Dakota Humanities Council.