Tickets on Sale Now for Special Events at the South Dakota Festival of Books
PIERRE, S.D. – Tickets are now on sale for the South Dakota Festival of Books event held in Deadwood, Oct. 2-4, 2009.
“While the majority of events at the Festival of Books are free, the ones featuring food or music require tickets,” said Sherry DeBoer, Executive Director of the South Dakota Humanities Council. “Individuals can order tickets online for several of the events listed on our website or they can give us a call. Space is limited, so we suggest people call as soon as they can.”
Tickets range from $15.00-$40.00 and include the following workshops:
- Writer’s Support Workshop: “Writing about Deadwood and the West”
- Poetry Workshop: “Fun with Quincy and Marilyn!”
- Cookbook Discussion: “The Dakota Diet Luncheon”
- “Literary Feast: Rapture & Ruin”
- Comedy and Music: “Michael Perry and the Long Beds”
The South Dakota Festival of Books attracts more than 5,000 visitors each year, making it the premier literary event of the region. The annual event brings more than 50 state, regional and national writers as well as publishing professionals for a weekend of book signings, lectures, readings and panel discussions. The event’s mission is to celebrate the written word in South Dakota, tell about the heritage of the state and encourage authorship, literacy and reading. It is designed to appeal to all ages, from pre-readers to senior citizens.
The 2009 Great Events were selected based on visitor appeal, growth potential and length of the event. The selection process includes an application and proposal, submitted by event coordinators for consideration by the South Dakota Office of Tourism.
The South Dakota Festival of Books is part of the Office of Tourism’s 2009 Great Events Campaign, which is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota from 2003-2010. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.