Authors gather October 24-26, 2013, in Billings, Montana
“Women Writing the West” is the theme for the 11th annual High Plains BookFest presented by the YMCA Writer’s Voice.
Keynote speakers for Friday, October 25 are three women writers whose 2012 novels garnered national acclaim: Pam Houston (Colorado), Alyson Hagy (Wyoming), and Emily M. Danforth (Montana).
In conjunction with the BookFest, the Parmly Billings Library established the High Plains Book Awards in 2006 to recognize regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
The 2013 awards include two new categories, Best Culinary Book and Best Young Adult Book. The other categories are Best Fiction; Best Nonfiction; Best Poetry; Best First Book; Best Woman Writer; Best Art & Photography; and Best Short Stories. Nominees in the various categories will be reading from their books on Friday and Saturday.
The High Plains BookFest takes place October 24-26, 2013 at various venues in downtown Billings.
For a schedule of events to the High Plains BookFest go to: www.highplainsbookawards.org
The High Plains Book Award banquet will be at the Yellowstone Art Museum on Saturday, October 26th. For more information contact Corby Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Corby Skinner, Director of The Writer’s Voice
402 North 32nd, Billings, MT 59101
SERVICES: Arts education, literacy and advocacy for contemporary literature.
The Writer's Voice of the Billings Family YMCA assists emerging artists and writers in their artistic and professional development, and provides public programs enriching all sectors of the community with emphasis on arts education for rural youth.
POETS ON THE PRAIRIE
Poets on the Prairie brings writers/artists into rural schools for a day of teaching and hands-on workshops. It nurtures an appreciation for the arts while at the same time featuring the diverse work of contemporary Montana artists. The artists are selected for their creative talent and for their interest and eagerness to share their work with students and teachers.
The program is designed as a classroom-oriented, working experience for the students. It is not meant to be an assembly or lecture for large numbers of students. Consequently, larger schools may not be able to include every student in the program on one day; these schools may want to target specific grades or they may wish to schedule more than one day. We want this to be a quality experience for the teacher and each student. We hope for as much time as possible in each classroom to actively involve everyone in the creative process.
"TumbleWords: Writers Rolling Around the West" is a literature presenting program established by the Montana Arts Council and the Western States Arts Federation. The Writer’s Voice administers the program for the entire state of Montana.
"TumbleWords is designed to bring more exposure to Montana’s writers and their work in "underserved" communities, while building a long–lasting appreciation of literary arts with these new audiences. The communities are selected because of their limited access to the arts, relatively low populations, and/or an interest in literature and becoming familiar with Montana writers and poets.
EXERCISE your mind, STRETCH your imagination! The Billings YMCA Writer’s Voice seeks to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for contemporary literature of the region and to provide opportunities for open dialogue between writers and their audience. The Writer’s Voice presents 15-20 public readings a year in venues around Billings. Most events are FREE. Readings held at the Parmly Billings Library, Western Heritage Center, MSU-Billings, Yellowstone Art Museum and other venues in the community. All events are FREE to YMCA members. Readings are supported in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Montana Cultural Trust.
HIGH PLAINS BOOKFEST
The High Plains BookFest is a three-day celebration of the written word. It is held annually in downtown Billings and features 45 writers and 30 readings, workshops and panel discussions.
The Writer’s Voice is the only full-time literary organization in Montana serving all sectors of the state and all ages. Founded in 1991, the organization focuses the majority of its work in central and eastern Montana.
Writer’s Voice memberships are available to non-Y members, call 406-294–1620 for more information.