Tahoe Literary Festival announced

Tahoe Literary Festival

Tahoe Guide and The Seasoned Sage will present the inaugural Tahoe Literary Festival on Oct. 11 and 12 at venues throughout Tahoe City. The Festival, created by Tahoe Guide Publisher Katherine E. Hill and Food Editor and writer Priya Hutner, was born out of their mutual love of the arts.

Tahoe is home to dozens of literary artists from New York Times-bestselling authors to popular, regional authors to freelance writers and poets. The creative energy in Tahoe has been inspiration to writers in many genres – fiction, nonfiction, memoir, essay, historical, environmental, outdoors, children’s literature, poetry and songwriting. Yet, there is no celebration for and about our local literary artists.

The inaugural Tahoe Literary Festival celebrates the region’s rich and diverse literary community through events for writers, aspiring writers and anyone who is passionate about the written word.

The Festival will host a short story and poetry contest open to youth, teens, and adults. Details on the contest will be announced in May, and the submission deadline will be in August. The finalists will be featured in the September edition of Tahoe Guide.

The Literary Festival opens on Friday, Oct. 11, with a free Literary Open Mic Night hosted by Scott Green, California State Park program manager for Poetry in Parks. On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Festival will showcase morning and afternoon workshops, authors’ readings and panels, a keynote speaker, and a Songwriters Showcase hosted by Will Richardson, executive director ofTahoe Institute of Natural Science. A free kids’ event is being planned at the Tahoe City Library.

Tickets to the inaugural event will go on sale later this spring. Follow the Facebook event page for updates at bit.ly/tahoelitfest.

The Tahoe Literary Festival offers scholarships to local high school and college students, as well as to local Hispanic and Native writers, who can attend for free. Details on applying for scholarships will be available later this spring.

Festival sponsors are Tahoe City Downtown Association, Wildbound PR, Tangled Roots Writing, Yoga Room Tahoe, Gatekeeper’s Museum, SNOW Museum, Tahoe Wine Collective, Tahoe Poetry Collective and Sierra College, Truckee-Tahoe Campus. Festival events will be held at Yoga Room Tahoe, Gatekeeper’s Museum, SNOW Museum and Tahoe Wine Collective, with more venues to be announced.

A lodging discount to Base Camp and Pepper Tree Inn in Tahoe City will be offered to festival attendees (additional details will be available when tickets go on sale).

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the inaugural Tahoe Literary Festival, becoming a lodging partner, participating as a moderator or presenter, or want to volunteer, email priya@tahoelitfest.com or kat@tahoelitfest.com. | TahoeLitFest.com