The Montana Book Festival is one of the greatest literary festivals I’ve been to lately—wonderful readers and panels, engaged audiences, and a great range of events: from whiskey and pie to queer women writing the West!
The revival of the Montana Book Festival brought home the comfort of community and the neighborly comradery of the West. The variety of events kept the audience laughing, sobbing, and captivated at the poems and stories presented in panels, at readings, and at author events. I was honored to be a participant and thrilled to be in the audience. No matter the way in which you participated, the Montana Book Festival was a gift to all.
If there were any hitches to overcome this year under new organization, they must have happened behind the scenes because the Montana Book Festival was every bit as excellent as it’s ever been. For me, a first time participant rather than just as a “fan” wandering from panel to panel between hemorrhages of cash at the bookstore, it was a fantastic experience. This festival keeps Missoula a big star of merit on the national– no, international!– literary map.
The Montana Book Festival is an impressive gathering of authors and book lovers—and one of the best I’ve attended as both author and participant. In a single day, I spoke on a panel of debut authors, enjoyed lunch in a brew pub listening to Smith Henderson, attended a lecture at the college from Charlie D’Ambrosio, and caught a one-man show from Ira Glass of This American Life. It doesn’t get much better than that.
My first experience at the Montana Book Festival was amazing. It was such a pleasure to meet other authors, offer and attend a variety of panels, and of course, buy new books! From the awesome volunteers to the wonderful gatherings and the Missoula experience, it’s definitely a “must” in my fall schedule.
The best year yet, of one of my favorite festivals around!
The Montana Book Fair is located in the quirky and engaging city of Missoula which was an added perk to a lively festival! Rachel Mindell and the other festival staff and volunteers went above and beyond to make participants feel as comfortable as possible.
The Montana Book Festival was a joy and an impressive feat. The Festival took full advantage of this literary town and I left feeling deeply connected to the west and to the writers who are drawn here. I didn’t want to leave.
The Montana Book Festival has new life! So glad it is rescued. The readings are superb—and fun! And it’s a chance for those who love literature in Montana, who are usually dispersed far and wide, to talk with and see each other in person and not just on the page.
The Montana Book Festival is a great event that brings together a diverse array of writers from around Big Sky country and the nation at-large. It has a fantastic energy that highlights the strength of the Missoula community. Montana has long had a unique literary tradition, and the book festival helps celebrate and continue that important legacy.
The Missoula Festival of the Book continues to stand out as one of the best showcases for authors from all over the western part of the United States. We have been very fortunate to be able to host such an outstanding event every year here in Montana.
The Montana Book Festival was such a treat. I loved Missoula, I loved the people I met, and nothing can beat those big Montana skies.
Missoula, you put on an incredible book festival packed with events! At the Montana Book Festival, readers, writers, and pie & whiskey lovers come together as a welcoming community. People kept mentioning bear spray, but I never needed it. What I should’ve brought? An extra suitcase for new books.
The Montana Book Festival was an outstanding opportunity to hear from many different authors from a variety of genres. The Children’s portion of the Festival was an energizing and fun part of the festival activities. I was thoroughly impressed with the young people who participated as readers and writers.