Bookmarked: A Fremont County Writers Festival exists to connect local writers with local readers, create community for writers, and celebrate the art of writing.
A few winters ago, a Fremont County author came into the Lander Library asking for help with a book signing for a newly published book. This was not the first time the library had been asked for help with a signing, however a process had not been developed for this kind of request. This did not sit well with any library staff.
Meanwhile librarians, Ami and Julie, sat at the main circ desk day after day listening to stories of works being written and writers wondering if there were any other writers in town. They also started noticing just how many avenues visual artists have in the county. Festivals, pop-up shops, galleries on our Main Streets. We even hang our kids artwork on Main Street!
And writers are artists. They just use words instead of paintbrushes.
Ami and Julie decided an event was needed that would introduce Fremont County to the artistry taking place on the page here in our backyard, every day. An event that would give writers the opportunity to show off their work to the community and give the community a chance to support their work, just as the earring makers, journal creators, pottery throwers, and painters are supported each time their work is bought.
And then, through a lot of “What if we did this?” conversations, Bookmarked was born. An event that connects local writers to local readers through readings and book fairs. New favorite writers and authors being discovered by neighbors! An event that introduces the county’s numerous writers to each other. And a festival that celebrates the art of writing by hosting workshops for our youngest community members, writing contests, workshops for those wanting to hone the craft, great food and an inspiring keynote speaker.
Last year saw, during a pandemic saw 12 writers show up and twice as many come to hear what they had to say. This year, 2021, 26 Fremont County writers have registered to bring their work to the forefront by reading and selling their work. Can we pack the house to support them?