Literary Wonder Beneath the Big Sky
Year two of the Montana Book Festival took place in Missoula, September 20–25, with over 150 authors from across the U.S. participating in literary events throughout the downtown area. Events included readings, author signings, panels, workshops, a youth festival, special events, exhibits and a bookfair.
The 2015 Montana Book Festival generated considerable enthusiasm in Missoula and beyond, including first-time offerings like Pie & Whiskey. The 2016 schedule featured new events like Literary Death Match, alongside local favorites such as the Poetry Slam and Author Luncheon. Authors included Maile Meloy, Greg Pardlo, Paula McLain, Sunil Yapa, James Lee Burke, Eileen Myles, Kate Bernheimer, Brian Blanchfield, Anne Hillerman and many more.
A strong foundation for this festival was established by the Humanities Montana Festival of the Book, a cultural event that delighted authors and attendees for fifteen years. The Montana Book Festival aims to celebrate this powerful legacy and has received continued assistance from Humanities Montana, including their support for Pulitzer Poetry-focused programming at this year’s event.
The 2016 festival also partnered with the Missoula Public Library, Tell Us Something, the Big Sky Film Institute, Free Verse, the University of Montana Creative Writing Program, Submittable and other organizations to feature standout events for five days and six nights at a variety of exciting venues.
Thank you to our Major Sponsors
2016 BUTTON PARTNERS
Betty's Divine, Bitterroot Flower Shop, Caffe Dolce, The Depot, The Dram Shop, Fact & Fiction, Imagine Nation Brewing, Le Petite Outre, Liquid Planet, Missoula Wine Merchants, Montgomery Distillery, Sweet Peaks, Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore, Thomas Meagher Bar and Zootown Brew.
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Our full schedule is in progress and will post to the website in early August, if not before.
Here's a peak at the (in-progress) author list -
James Lee Burke
Press About the Montana Book Festival
- Local organizers revive Montana Festival of the Book
- Destination Missoula
- The Montana Book Festival gets ready for panels, pies and other literary treats
- Montana Book Festival to continue with new events, past favorites
- Montana Book Festival: 150 Authors, Pie & Whiskey, Ira Glass...
- Expired: Montana Book Festival: Invigorating a good thing
- Montana Book Festival: A celebration of the written word in Missoula, MT
- Montana Book Festival 2015 Schedule