There was a collective gasp when news came last year about Humanities Montana no longer organizing the Festival of the Book. After 15 years, the nonprofit, affiliated with the National Endowment for the Arts, decided to focus on other projects, which left many people wondering if that was the end of the book event.
But almost right away, leaders in and around Missoula began to organize. The creation of the Montana Book Festival Association means the festival will happen this year, but the group is asking for some community help to give it the funding it needs. The Montana Book Festival Kickstarter is asking for $5,000 in the next 19 days to help bring in authors like D.A. Powell, Allison Hedge Coke and Smith Henderson. They plan to do the expected panels on such things as the nature of the West, but also are bringing in some fresh ideas like a "pie and whiskey" reading, literary trivia, authors reading from early embarrassing work and new erotic fan fiction based on Nancy Drew that was written with humor by festival authors.
As with all Kickstarter campaigns there are prizes for supporters, including tote bags and literary magazines. Perhaps one of the coolest is a little old-fashioned: a personalized handwritten letter from essayist Charles D'Ambrosio, which will be sent to a lucky supporter by mail.
Check out the campaign page here
and the video, below.