Author Jane Smiley confirmed for 2017 MBF

The Montana Book Festival is excited to feature noted author Jane Smiley in our 2017 festival lineup.

Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992 for her novel A Thousand Acres. She is the author of over a dozen novels, and has also written numerous young adult novels, short stories, and non-fiction works.

In 2001, Smiley was elected a member of The American Academy of Arts and Letters. She won the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, and chaired the judges' panel for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize in 2009.

Book Tales: Every Reader Has A Story

Is there a book on your nightstand?  Are there books on your coffee table, kitchen counter, or in your bathroom?  Which books live in your desk, your backpack, your car?  Which books live in your memory?  

The Montana Book Festival is interested in your Book Tales, so we're asking readers around the state to share stories about what they're reading, why they read, and what books matter most to them.  Stay tuned as we post Book Tales of Montana readers from Hingham to Hamilton, Whitefish to Wibaux, and all points in-between.  

2017 Regional Emerging Writer's Contest Now Open

Calling all emerging writers in the Northwest Region! 

The popular Regional Emerging Writer’s Contest for unpublished writers returns in 2017 with three entry categories: Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction.

One winner in each of the three categories will receive $100. At least one of these three winners will also receive travel support and accommodations to give a reading in Missoula at the Montana Book Festival. 

The contest will be open from April 1, 2017, through May 31, 2017. 

Final contest judges are all notable authors who participated in the 2016 Montana Book Festival:

  • Richard Fifield: Fiction
  • Amanda Fortini: Nonfiction
  • Sherwin Bitsui: Poetry

Click HERE for more information and to submit your entry.