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We are pleased to announce initial details about the 2020 HIGH DESERT BOOK FESTIVAL Cosponsored by Hesperia Recreation & Park District and the City of Hesperia, SATURDAY, September 26, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   LOCATION: Hesperia Civic Plaza Park, 15833 Smoke Tree Drive, Hesperia CA 92345

Exhibitor Registration and festival information at:  High Desert Book Festival site 

Cosponsored by:

Exploring the Literature of the California Desert Lecture, March 14, 2020

Please join us. College of the Desert Professor Ruth Nolan gives a FREE 90-minute lecture at the Hesperia Library Community Room. Made possible with support from California Humanities.

Wordsmith Productions is proud to invite the public to attend a free 90-minute presentation by esteemed Mojave Desert-based author Ruth Nolan, who grew up in Apple Valley and worked in on several season wildland fire crews based in the Victor Valley. Nolan is a Professor of English and Creative Writing at College of the Desert in Palm Desert, where she has taught for the past 20 years. Her lecture will include slides and a Q&A that will touch upon many of the 80 authors in her anthology No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts (Heyday Books) and explore other writings about the California desert, including selections focusing on the Victor Valley. The literary discussion is supported by the California Humanities Quick Grant awarded to Wordsmith Productions in 2019 for its project “Exploring the Literature of the California Desert” that was initially produced at the October 2019 High Desert Book Festival in Hesperia. Nolan is also coeditor of Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California (Scarlet Tanager Press); author of the poetry book Ruby Mountain (Finishing Line Books) and has just published a collection of essays, California Drive (Cholla Needles Press). Professor Nolan is a much sought-after speaker and considered an expert on California desert literature.

“This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit”

“Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of California Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.”