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           hdbookfest@gmail.com

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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 www.calhum.org.”

“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.”


CAL HUMANITIES QUICK GRANT: Exploring the Literature of the California Desert

We are honored to have been awarded a 2019 CAL HUMANITIES QUICK GRANT for our project Exploring the Literature of the California Desert. Workshops and lectures were held at our 2019 HIGH DESERT BOOK FESTIVAL. Other writing workshops, readings and public discussions of prose and poetry inspired by the California Desert will be held throughout 2020.  Continue reading

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Region-at-Large Partner

Our nonprofit is proud to once again be a Region-at-Large Partner for the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the longest-running national recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. Please contact us if you would like to participate as a juror. Past Alumni from the Award’s nearly 100-year history include Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Stephen King.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Our nonprofit is privileged to have had a couple of these wonderful fundraisers through Barnes & Noble, where a percentage of the sales for a given week are targeted to a specific nonprofit. We will let you know when another of these is coming up and provide you with the code to enter for purchases in store and online. Please give us a call at 760-900-6822 or email info@vicartsed.org if you might be able to help staff the table during one of the book fairs. AND…remember how important it is to support brick and mortar bookstores!