2017 Festival Dates: September 27 - October 1

Author applications are now open here.

We're excited to begin planning for next year's fest.
Save the date and stay tuned here for information on how you can get involved!

Year two of the Montana Book Festival took place in Missoula, September 20–25, 2016, 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


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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