press release

Montana Book Festival
September 27-30, 2018

Missoula, MT— The Montana Book Festival will take place in Missoula September 27–30, with over 150 authors from across the U.S. participating in literary events throughout the downtown area. Planned events include readings, author signings, panels, workshops, a youth festival, special events, exhibits and a book fair.


This year’s schedule will also feature events like Music & Writing Performance, alongside local favorites such as Erotic Fan Fiction and Author Reception. Confirmed authors include Debra Earling, Susan O’Connor, Annick Smith, Mark Gibbons, Ellen Forney and many more.

The 2016 festival has also partnered with the Missoula Public Library, Montana Film Festival, The University of Montana Creative Writing Program, and other organizations to feature standout events for four days at a variety of exciting venues. Highlights are listed below.

Thursday, Sept. 27: Readings, discussions, panels and workshops; Erotic Fan Fiction: Changelings at the Union Club

Friday, Sept. 28: Readings, discussions, panels and workshops; Author Reception at the Dana Gallery; Cutbank MFA Graduate Reading with Andrew Martin and Alicia Mountain at the Public House; Cutbank Current MFA Reading at the Public House; Music & Writing Performance with Greg Keeler, Aaron Parrett and Russell Rowland in the Union Club Ballroom.

Saturday, Sept. 29: Bookfair and Zine Fest at the Florence Lobby; Readings, discussions, panels and workshops in venues around town; Montana Center for the Book Prize at the Downtown Dance Collective; a Pie & Whiskey Celebration Reading at Montgomery Distillery; Hearth Reading with Susan O’Connor, Annick Smith, Debra Earling, Gretel Ehrlich and Christopher Merrill at The Wilma Theater, 7:00PM.

Sunday, Sept. 30: Readings, discussions and panels with a focus on self-publishing; Get Lit! 20th Anniversary Anthology Reading at Montgomery Distillery; Great American Read Trivia Contest at the Public Library

In 2018, we ask for continued support as we shift focus, from surviving to thriving, from subsistence to sustainability. With eyes to the future, the festival will be introducing a new pricing structure, mixing free and fee events.

To attend daytime and evening events, a festival button will be required. Buttons will be available the 27th at all venues including both bookstores (Fact and Fiction as well as Shakespeare & Co.) Bookstores will carry them throughout the festival as well. Buttons are $15, and include discounts and promotions from area businesses. The fee to attend a single festival event will be $5. The book fair and zine fest on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Florence Hotel will remain free and open to the public, as will all events held at the Missoula Public Library.

We’re excited for another great event in our literary fantastic community. Thank you for your support.