Cultivating & Celebrating

Literary Livingston

Upcoming event

NBF Presents: Novels that Connect Us 

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The Livingston Depot Center
200 West Park Street, Livingston, MT


7 p.m.

This event is free but registration is required

Please join us for a very special National Book Foundation event, hosted in partnership with Elk River Arts & Lectures. A reception in honor of ERAL’s 10th Anniversary will follow.

National Book Award–honored authors Tess Gunty (The Rabbit Hutch, 2022 Fiction Winner) and Tommy Orange (There There, 2018 Fiction Longlist) follow a large cast of characters in their novels—all affected in different ways by class, gender, and their environment. Join the authors for a discussion about interwoven storytelling that builds toward a more connected, collective future. Moderated by Dr. Shane Doyle, a Montana-based scholar, writer, performing artist, and community advocate.

Dr. Shane Doyle

Tess Gunty. (Photo credit: Lauren Alexandra)

Tommy Orange. (Photo credit: Elena Seiber)

Come for the conversation, stay for the celebration! 

Lecture Series

Each school year, our lecture series hosts writers, artists, and innovative thinkers who would not otherwise come to Park County. These presenters spend time working with students at Park High School, then give free public lectures.

Storytelling Night

Storytelling Night provides community members opportunities to pitch their true stories, develop their storytelling skills with the guidance and support of experienced storytellers, and perform their stories live in downtown Livingston.

Visiting Writers

We bring eminent authors to Park County for extended stays, during which they interact with the public, the local arts community, and regional school children in order to enhance and invigorate the landscape of ideas within our rural community.

Livingston Literaries

Livingston Literaries: A Group for Teens is a space for teen readers and writers to get together to discuss writing projects, books, and other readerly and writerly things.

Writers Workshop

We bring together some of the most celebrated nature writers in the United States and students who are serious about fostering a connection with the environment in their writing.

Songwriting Workshop

The Songwriting Workshop is an opportunity to turn the story in your head into the song on your lips in an immersive experience with two master songwriters.

Our Mission



Expose Park County to diverse ideas to strengthen our community.



Cultivate and celebrate Livingston’s literary heritage.



We advocate for affordable living conditions for the literary arts community.



Enrich the lives of Park County students and residents with educational, entertaining and edifying opportunities.



Enhance and invigorate the landscape of ideas within our rural community.



Provide vibrant programming for our community’s young people.

Livingston’s Literary Heritage

A river of stories runs through us

A brief history of literary Livingston, from Jo Sykes to the Montana Gang and beyond.