South Dakota Festival of Books underway in Brookings

BROOKINGS, SD (KELO) – If you’re a book lover, Brookings is the place to be this weekend.

The South Dakota Book Festival is happening right now.

Oklahoma-based author Traci Sorell was at Brookings on Friday to share her work with local students.

Sorell is a registered citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Her work includes stories about the Cherokee people and Indigenous nations across the country.

“Until we have a program nationally that truly reflects today’s Indigenous peoples, our Indigenous nations and their realities, we will need published business literature that shares that,” said author Traci Sorell.

This year marks a very special Book Festival.

The Humanities Council of South Dakota celebrates the 20th anniversary of the event.

“I think people are just thrilled that it’s been around for so long, that we’ve established something that has lasting value and that people look forward to every year,” said Jennifer Widman, director of the Center for the Book.

From national authors to local authors, the festival is a chance for writers and readers to connect.

“It’s big enough to have really great names and really exciting authors, but also small enough to feel intimate that you can shake hands with any authors you want to hear from,” Widman said.

And it’s another opportunity for Sorrell to continue his mission.

“I want all kids, whether they’re Cherokee, from another Indigenous nation or non-Indigenous, to be knowledgeable members of the community, so that’s really what drives me,” Sorell said.

The festival continues until Saturday and ends on Sunday.

Click here for the calendar of events.

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