LitFest is an opportunity to gather and celebrate the joy of reading and writing through poetry and prose. One of the original conspirators behind Telluride’s spring shoulder-season event was also a longtime follower of book festivals. It was decided in 2014 that it was high time for Telluride to put on its own 3-day event for readers, writers and poets. The result? A casual and intimate weekend featuring poetry performances and awards, author talks, and the infamous Literary Burlesque.
This gathering of wordies is cobbled together by a coalition of regional writers and literature-loving organizations and businesses, supporting (and sustaining) the literary arts. Its organizing entities include the Ah Haa School for the Arts, Between the Covers Bookstore, Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Program, Telluride Arts, and the Wilkinson Public Library. Falling the weekend before Mountainfilm, the event is a collective nod to the West’s ongoing literary history. In Telluride, a prime example of that is Tomboy Bride: A Woman’s Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West by Harriet Fish Backus. For two decades, it’s been the top annual bestseller at Between the Covers, offering a wonderful and hardy glimpse into the region’s past through narrative storytelling.
With an award-winning library, a thriving poetry scene that includes several resident Poet Laureates, an arts school that hosts writing workshops and a nationally recognized bookbinding academy, plus an indie bookshop that’s been serving the literary needs of the area since 1974, Telluride is a town that sincerely embraces the literary arts.
For 2019, LitFest’s featured guest is PAM HOUSTON, who was also the inaugural year's feature in 2014. Thrilled to have Pam back in Telluride! Descriptions of her books as well as her bio are on the Authors page.
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