History of the Montana Book Festival


Missoula’s annual book festival has become a treasure, paying tribute to the tradition of writing in the West by bringing together authors from across the region. In 2015 a dedicated group of book-lovers came together to make sure the festival continues. Thanks to the generosity of our new fiscal sponsor, Arts Missoula, what was the Humanities Montana Festival of the Book became the Montana Book Festival. Since then, the Montana Book Festival has worked to build upon the event's legacy, and also to reinvigorate the festival with new ideas and fresh perspective.

Every year, local sponsors have come together to bring literary personalities such as James Lee Burke, Jane Smiley, Bill Kittredge, Charles D'Ambrosio and more to our mountain town. Along with a plethora of readings, panels and exhibits, we annually host Pie & Whiskey, Erotic Fan Fiction, music events and dance performances. As summer comes to a close, The Montana Book Festival comes to life. Come celebrate with us!