High Plains BookFest

Event occured on Thu, Oct 24 2013, All Day

Authors gather October 24-26, 2013, in Billings, Montana. Tickets are $10 at the door or online at billingsymca.org.

“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. The High Plains Book Award banquet will be at the Yellowstone Art Museum on Saturday, October 26th. For more information contact Corby Skinner at corbys@billingsymca.org.

Website: http://www.billingsymca.org/writer_voice.html

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