Sadly, due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 Pandemic, we were compelled to CANCEL our 2020 HIGH DESERT BOOK FESTIVAL that was Cosponsored by Hesperia Recreation & Park District and the City of Hesperia and was to be held on SATURDAY, September 26, 2020.

Please stay safe and check back with us as we make plans for a VIRTUAL book festival. Check for more festival information at:  High Desert Book Festival site

Cosponsored by:

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

2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Our nonprofit is proud of our continued relationship as a Region-at-Large Partner with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of New York City, 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 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!