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Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.
Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

Groucho Marx

Outside of a Dog Books & Games is Vermillion’s community center for literary and gaming events, a place to find your next favorite book or board game, a home for your book club, and the headquarters for your next gaming campaign. Whether you need a unique gift for a loved one or a fun beach read, we’re your new best friend!

Upcoming Events

Jan 19th
Modern Fiction Book Club: Small BirdsOur first store-sponsored book club! We’ll be reading Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen. Get your copy in the store by 1/15 for a 20% discount!
7:30 pm
Jan 20th
Magic on Friday NightsJoin us for Magic: The Gathering every Friday night starting at 7pm. Format: Commander. Buy in: 1 pack or $5
7:00 pm
Jan 21st
Game Night: Catan/Catan JuniorSheep for wood! Two ore for a brick! Trade, build, and grow your roads and towns to win! Settlers of Catan kicked off the resurgence in board games when it was released in 1995, showing what board games could be. Catan Junior is a great kids version of this classic. Learn the games, play for free, and get 10% off if you choose to buy!
6:00 – 9:00pm
Jan 27-29th
VerminCon Game ConventionVermillion’s very own gaming convention, now in it’s 31st year! Hosted by the USD Games Club, there will be three days of open gaming with hundreds of games to play, buy, and discover! $5 entry, with multiple charity raffles.
All Day!MUC @ USD
Jan 31st
Author Event: April White – The Divorce ColonyWith the laxest divorce laws in the country, five railroad lines, and the finest hotel for hundreds of miles, Sioux Falls in the early 1900s became the unexpected headquarters for unhappy spouses—infamous around the world as The Divorce Colony. These society divorcees put South Dakota at the center of a heated national debate over the future of American marriage. Speaking and signing – books available at the event!
7:00 pmLaw School Courtroom USD
Feb 2nd
Author Event: Sophie LaBelleSophie Labelle is the French-Canadian author of Serious Trans Vibes / Assigned Male comics, which she has been drawing since 2014.
She is also the author of several children’s books and novels, as well as a public speaker. She will be speaking and signing – books available at the event. Time, place TBD
TBDTBD
Feb 4th
Magic on Friday NightsJoin us for Magic: The Gathering every Friday night starting at 7pm. Format: Commander. Buy in: 1 pack or $5
7:00 pm
Feb 11th
Game Night: B-MoviesLearn B Movies, a hilarious game of campy horror films! Players combine cards to create a pitch for the coolest or goofiest movie they can. Would you rather watch the “Gelatinous Tentacles from Beyond Time” or “Egyptian Ghosts at the Pyramid Disco”? Earn popcorn points for your campiest creations! Play for free, and get 10% off if you choose to buy.
6:00 – 9:00pm
Feb 15th
Science Fiction Book Club: WeJoin our store SF book club. In conjunction with USD’s Utopia/Dystopia Symposium, we’ll be reading We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, the book largely credited with inspiring Orwell’s 1984. Get your copy in the store by 2/12 for a 20% discount!
7:30 pm
Feb 16th
Modern Fiction Book Club: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle ZevinJoin our store-sponsored book club! We’ll be reading Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin. Get your copy in the store by 2/15 for a 20% discount!
7:30 pm