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The 2014 Humanities Montana Festival of the Book took place October 9-11 in Missoula

This year's Humanities Montana Festival of the Book celebrated the literature of the West with over 80 authors in downtown Missoula. Two days and three nights of readings, panels, exhibits, demonstrations, signings, workshops, entertainments, receptions, and other special events were free and open to the public. Venues included the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park, the Missoula Public Library, the Wilma Theatre, Dana Gallery, Radius Gallery, the Top Hat Lounge, the Roxy Theater, Stage 112 and other terrific Missoula locations.

The Festival of the Book is one of the biggest cultural events in the Northwest. Last year scheduled events included a special edition of the popular storytelling event Tell Us Something; the fifth annual Festival Poetry Slam with a special appearance by international poetry slam winner Buddy Wakefield; the annual Readers & Writers Reception; and our annual Saturday night Gala Reading. Authors included Jamie Ford, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Wrigley, J. Robert Lennon, Claire Vaye Watkins, James Lee Burke, and many more.

Major 2014 festival sponsors included the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, The Missoulian, MCAT, Montana Public Radio, Lively Times and Community Medical Center.

Humanities Montana is the state’s independent nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, values, and public issues. Among its many programs are its grants, Montana Conversations: Speakers Bureau and Speakers in the Schools, the Humanities Montana Festival of the Book, Letters About Literature, and the Governor’s Humanities Awards.

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