Join #1 bestselling author John Green and special guest Hank Green on tour in support of John's new novel, Turtles All The Way Down. In this multimedia event, the brothers will talk about John's latest book, answer audience questions, perform live music, and more. All tickets include an autographed copy of Turtles All The Way Down.
The event is Friday, Oct. 27th, at 7pm at the Urey Underground Lecture Hall on the University of Montana campus.
Due to capacity limits, each person is allowed to purchase a maximum of two (2) tickets. You must present the ticket for entry. Tickets may be purchased here.
About the book: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett's son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Azas story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
John Green is the award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, Will Grayson (with David Levithan), and The Fault in Our Stars. His many accolades include the Printz Medal, a Printz Honor, and the Edgar Award. John has twice been a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and was selected by TIME magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. With his brother, Hank, John is one half of the Vlogbrothers (youtube.com/vlogbrothers) and co-created the online educational series CrashCourse (youtube.com/crashcourse). You can join the millions who follow him on Twitter @johngreen and Instagram @johngreenwritesbooks or visit him online at johngreenbooks.com. John lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Hank Green started making YouTube videos with his brother, John, in 2007. He and John still make videos all over YouTube, including educational channels Crash Course and SciShow. Somewhere along the way, Hank decided he needed to spend more time talking to his brother, so they began Dear Hank & John, a comedy podcast about death. While they regularly argue about time it will take to get humans on Mars, Hank is very proud of his brother and all hes accomplished. Hank very strongly believes that Peanut M&Ms are the best M&Ms and the best peanuts.
Saturday, November 4: University of Montana professor Ted Catton joins us for a reading from his new book, Rainy Lake House. 1pm.
Rainy Lake House weaves together the captivating stories of three men who cast their fortunes in different ways with the western fur trade. Drawing on their combined experiences, Theodore Catton creates a vivid depiction of the beautiful and dangerous northern frontier from a collision of vantage points: American, British, and Indian; imperial, capital, and labor; explorer, trader, and hunter.
Ted Catton is an associate research professor of history at the University of Montana. He is the author of Inhabited Wilderness: Indians, Eskimos, and Alaska’s National Parks and
American Indians and National Forests.
Wednesday, November 8: Aaron Parrett joins us from Helena to read from his new fiction collection, Maple & Lead, and to talk about his letterpress printing process. 7pm.
Aaron Parrett is a musician and writer from Helena. His books include Montana Then and Now, Literary Butte, and Montana Americana Music. In 2015 he founded, along with Peter Koch, The Territorial Press, devoted to fine letterpress editions and broadsides of Montana authors. His latest book is Maple & Lead, a collection of fiction printed letterpress and illustrated with woodcuts by Seth Taylor Roby. He teaches English at the University of Providence.
Saturday, November 18: Francis Davis joins us from Dillon, MT for a reading from his collection of short stories, West of Love. 1pm.
Francis Davis was born and raised in Philadelphia, but has lived most of his adult life in the West. A finalist for the 2016 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction for West of Love, his debut collection of stories, he’s won writing fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, The Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. His stories have appeared in Story, Natural Bridge, and Weber: The Contemporary West, among other publications. A graduate of the University of Montana’s MFA program in fiction, Davis lives with his wife and three children in Dillon, Montana, where he’s an Assistant Professor of English at University of Montana Western.
Tuesday, February 6th: Montana author Molly Caro May joins us for a reading from her new book Body Full of Stars. 7pm.
Body Full of Stars is one woman’s story—dark and tender, honest and corporeal— that reveals deeper truths about how disconnected many modern women are from their bodies. It is her “postpartum awakening.” It is also a joyful and tenderhearted celebration of the greatest story of all time: mothers and daughters, partners and co-parents, and the feminine power surging beneath it all.
Molly Caro May is a writer whose work explores body, place and the foreign/familiar dichotomy. She runs writing workshops with the aim of democratizing writing and taking it down from the distant pedestal we keep it on as a culture. Her first book, The Map of Enough earned a starred Kirkus review and was lauded as “an impressive debut memoir . . . May joins the ranks of Gretel Ehrlich and Annie Proulx”; Elle Magazine called it “addictive” and Booklist wrote, “it is a more homegrown version of Eat, Pray, Love.” She is the co-founder of the Thunderhead Writers’ Collective and received a writing fellowship at the Taft Nicholson Environmental Humanities Center, where she wrote the first draft of her second book. After living in six countries and eight states in the US, she’s now found a home base in Montana where she lives with her husband, two young daughters and Great Dane mutt.
Monday, October 16: Missoula author, adventurer, and historian Doug Ammons joins us for a presentation about his new book, A Darkness Lit by Heroes. 7pm.
The book recreates the Granite Mountain-Speculator mining disaster of 1917, in Butte, MT, the worst hard rock mining disaster in history. Two years ago, Doug gained access to 600 pages of eye-witness testimony taken two weeks after the disaster from 70 miners who survived, a document that had been lost in Butte for 90 years. Together with more than 100 old proprietary mining maps, personal documents, correspondence, and consultation with Butte mining engineers, he recreated the actual story. Intricately detailed from the research, the story is written as a novel from inside the miners’ experience.
Doug Ammons is a Missoula native, living in western Montana his entire life. For 35 years, he has been a world-class adventure athlete and recently has become a chronicler of Montana’s wild and tumultuous history. Doug is known for his extreme whitewater kayaking descents world-wide, and was listed by Outside Magazine in 2010 as “one of the top-ten game changers in adventure since 1900”, sharing that honor with such men as the polar explorer Roald Amundson and Himalayan climber Reinhold Messner. His story telling and philosophical orientation also led to one of his earlier books, Whitewater Philosophy, being listed by the Wall Street Journal as “one of the five best adventure books.” He has made Emmy award-winning films for National Geographic, ESPN, and Outdoor Life Network. He is married to Missoula Attorney Robin Ammons, and they have five children. A PhD in psychology and master story-teller, his multifaceted approach here focuses on intensely dramatic human stories from the rich history of Montana’s frontier.
Saturday, October 14: Missoula-based author Ken Egan joins us for a reading from his new book, Montana 1889: Indians, Cowboys, and Miners in the Year of Statehood. 1pm.
When Montana became the 41st state in 1889, an old pioneer lamented, "Now she's gone to hell," but most Montanans embraced statehood as the inevitable culmination of one of the most rapid and dramatic transformations in United States history.
Montana 1889 tells the many stories of this overwhelming transformation by entering into the lives, emotions, and decisions of diverse peoples cooperating and competing on this contested ground. Like Ken Egan's previous history, the acclaimed Montana 1864, these stories are told month by month, deftly showing the flow and friction of events and the unfolding destiny of individuals and nations.
After receiving his Ph.D. in American literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ken Egan taught college English for 25 years. His new book, Montana 1889: Indians, Cowboys, and Miners in the Year of Statehood, is a sequel to Montana 1864, which was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award for Nonfiction in 2015.
Wednesday, October 11: Montanan Amy Pearson joins us for a reading from her new book of poetry, 100 Days of Solitude, based on her time spent in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. 7pm.
Amy Pearson is a writer, teacher, photographer, and wilderness advocate. She grew up on the plains of MT and earned a Ph.D. in organizational communication from Arizona State University. After finishing her formal education, she hit the road to Asia for a few years, but found herself missing the Rocky Mountains where she’d spent five seasons working in Glacier National Park. She came home and spent a winter working at the Izaak Walton Inn and a summer working at Jumbo Lookout for the Spotted Bear Ranger District. She currently works as a Professor of Humanities at Flathead Valley Community College and as a fire lookout for the Forest Service.
Friday, October 6: Missoula-based photographer Antonia Wolf shares her work. 5pm.
"I explore creation in all its forms: human life, the natural world, the animal world. I am drawn to vivid, vital colors and textures; the essences of places are what move me. With my camera I strive to capture flashes of beauty wherever I happen to find myself, at home or abroad. I have been asked why I concentrate so much on beauty when there are so many despairing images to convey. My answer is simple. It is the mystery I am always tracking with my lens: beauty can be found even in the most agonizing, tragic places. Each of my photos tries to speak a particular story, held in time. Each of my photos—even the most otherworldly landscapes—tries to unearth a humanity that could easily have been overlooked. My work unfolds out of attention, precision, and love. All of my art is an expression of my love for the world." -- Antonia Wolf
Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers is proud to present an evening with Stephen King and Owen King, coauthors of Sleeping Beauties: A Novel, at the Dennison Theatre, in Missoula, on Monday, October 2nd, at 7:30pm.
Stephen and Owen King will discuss their new novel, followed by a Q&A with the audience!
Tickets are $40 each ($42.39 with fees) and will go on sale Friday, August 4th, at 8am MDT.
Each ticket guarantees entry to the event as well as one hardcover edition of Sleeping Beauties.
TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE VIA THE TICKET AGENT BROWN PAPER TICKETS. NO PHONE CALLS OR EMAIL TO THE BOOKSTORE, PLEASE.
Please see the Shakespeare & Co. Facebook page for further details.
Important Ticketing and Event Guidelines:
Due to capacity limits, each person is allowed to purchase a maximum of two (2) tickets.
You must present the ticket for entry. No ticket, no entry, no exceptions.
All tickets are non-transferable, no exceptions. Tickets purchased through third-party vendors will not be honored. You will be required to show a valid ID to enter. If you purchase more than one ticket, your plus-one must arrive and enter with you.
Please note that there will be no author signing at this event. Copies of Sleeping Beauties, including 400 copies of the novel pre-signed by Stephen King and Owen King, will be distributed AT RANDOM at the event’s conclusion.
Doors will open at 6 pm.
About Sleeping Beauties
In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place...
The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?
Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, SLEEPING BEAUTIES is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.
STEPHEN KING is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges TrilogyMr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Finders Keepers, and End of Watch; the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams; Revival; Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures. He is the recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Arts and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
OWEN KING is the author of the novel Double Feature and co-author of the graphic novel Intro to Alien Invasion. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and newspapers, including the Boston Globe, Lady Churchills Rosebud Wristlet, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, One Story, and Subtropics. He is married to the novelist Kelly Braffet.
Friday, September 29: The Montana Book Festival and Shakespeare & Co are thrilled to present Festival headlining authors Jane Smiley (winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for fiction) and Donald Ray Pollock (winner of a 2009 PEN fellowship).
7:30pm at the Holiday Inn Parkside. Festival button required for entry.
Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age, the three volumes of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books for young readers. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.
Donald Ray Pollock is the author of the novels The Devil All the Time and The Heavenly Table, and the story collection Knockemstiff, for which he was awarded the 2009 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fellowship. He worked as a laborer at the Mead Paper Mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, from 1973 to 2005. Pollock holds an MFA from Ohio State University.
Thursday, September 21: Our Written Voices: The Spoken Worlds of Central and Southwest Asia brings poetry and prose highlighting this region to Shakespeare & Co. 7pm.
Our Written Voices celebrates and reflects on the vibrant diversity of Central and Southwest Asia through poetry and prose, inviting those from Central and Southwest Asia, those who have visited, and those who have a connection to this region to share original poetry and prose as well as works by authors from this region who have inspired them.
Our Written Voices is a poetry and prose series in Missoula, Montana. Through our series, we highlight the diversity and literary and artistic talents of the Missoula community and surrounding areas. When we think about our heritage, many nations come to mind. To celebrate our vibrant heritage, each reading in our series will highlight a different region. Please message us if you would like to share anything on our page or if you're interested in sharing your writing at one of our readings.
Sunday, September 17: Lakebottom Sound joins us for a live concert in the store, featuring Missoula cellist Jessica Catron, LA-based Cornet player Dan Clucas, and Philipsburg lap steel slide guitar Scot Ray. Doors: 7pm; 8pm music.
Jessica Catron is thrilled to be sharing two works for cello, both in the contemporary experimental sound medium. The first is an homage to a poet for looped cello and voice and the second is a wild and brash antiphony for solo cello, written by Alba Fernanda Triana, while attending graduate school together.
While Scot Ray and Dan Clucas have played together in an eclectic array of groups over the years, the summer of 2017 saw their first forays as a duo with an inclination for collaboration with other improvising musicians. The initial spark was provided in Spring of 2016 when they met in Albuquerque New Mexico for live performance and recording of a quartet which consisted of the addition of Ray to The Mighty Bull Durhams, Clucas’ improvising trio with tubaist Mark Weaver and bassist Mike Balistreri.
Scot Ray is a lap steel slide guitarist presently experiencing an accidental second career of sorts, having retired in 2003 from his many years as a jazz trombonist working with Brian Setzer, Nels Cline, Vinny Golia, Tony Bennett, Jason Mraz - to name a few. Since that time he has applied his lifelong fascination with portamento and the non-fixed pitch to slide guitar. That obsession - plus reconnecting with past sonic collaborators such as Steuart Liebig, Bill Barrett, Mark Raynes, Dan Clucas, and Alex Cline - has propelled Ray into a couple dozen recording projects along with performances in Europe and the US. Current activities involve holding down the slide guitar chair in Steuart Liebig's newest project Mentot6, along with performing in duo with his pianist sister Vicki Ray - checkout their new release YAR on Orenda Records.
Dan Clucas began playing trumpet at age ten and started playing in school jazz groups a couple of years later, becoming a lifelong devotee of the music upon first hearing An Electrifying Evening With the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet at fifteen. Later forays into the music of Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and the Art Ensemble of Chicago led to an appreciation of a diverse array of artists in the African-American music continuum. Clucas has studied with cornetist Bobby Bradford and trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith, and has performed and recorded extensively with his own bands as well as in long-standing collaborative units such as Dead Air Trio, DO TELL and Brainchildren of Xenog. He has also performed and/or recorded with guitarists Nels Cline, Eugene Chadbourne and Joe Baiza, bassist Steuart Liebig, trombonist Michael Vlatkovich, hornist Tom Varner and saxophonist Vinny Golia.
Saturday, September 16: Vermont-based author Robert Madrygin reads from his new novel, The Solace of Trees. 1pm.
“Robert Madrygin’s devastating debut novel tells the story of a Bosnian Muslim war orphan given a second chance in America only to be caught up in the madness of the US-led global War on Terror. If this book doesn’t dispel the myth of American exceptionalism, nothing will.” — L. E. Randolph, editor-in-chief of Ploughshares
The Solace of Trees tells the story of Amir, a young boy of secular Muslim heritage who witnesses his family’s murder in the Bosnian War. Amir hides in a forest, mute and shocked, among refugees fleeing for their lives. Narrowly escaping death in rural Bosnia, he finds sanctuary in a UN camp. After a charity relocates him to the United States, the retired professor who fosters Amir learns that the boy holds a shameful secret concerning his parents’ and sister’s deaths. Amir’s years in the US bring him healing and a loving place in a new family. In college, as a film studies major, he falls in love⎯and he accepts the request of an Islamic Studies professor to work on a documentary film on the plight of Palestinians. 9/11 comes, and with it, the arrest of the professor. As Amir enters adulthood, his destiny brings him full circle back to the darkness he thought he’d forever escaped.
Robert Madrygin spent his early years in postwar Japan, where his father, a US military lawyer, defended the rights of Japanese POWs. Numerous moves followed across the US and Europe. As an adult Madrygin lived with his wife and three children in Ecuador and Barcelona. He built a successful business and yet worked also in India managing a worldwide holistic conference and in post-Tsunami Thailand. In spring 2017 he will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina. He and his wife live in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Saturday, August 26: Spokane-based author Leyna Krow will read from her debut story collection, I'm Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking. She will be joined by Tim Greenup, Ben Cartwright, and Ellen Welcker. 1pm.
In I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking, the strange collides with the mundane: close to home and far from it, in suburban neighborhoods and rural communities, with cycling apocalypses and backyard tigers. Each story stands alone, but they are connected through reoccurring imagery and a shared theme of protagonists in emotional peril. At its core, this collection is imbued with mystery, oddity, humor, and empathy, but what it really wants to show us is that we’re never really alone—most especially when we’re certain that we are.
Leyna Krow’s stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, and other publications. She lives in Spokane, Washington.
Tim Greenup's poems have appeared in LEVELER, BOAAT, Midwestern Gothic, Redivider, and elsewhere, and his collection Without Warning was released last year. He lives in Spokane, Washington and teaches English and Humanities at Spokane Falls Community College.
Ben Cartwright's debut collection of poems After Our Departure was chosen by Nance Van Winckel for the Powder Horn Prize. His recent poems appear in West Branch, Prick of the Spindle, and The Pinch. His collaborative manuscript Additional Lyrics, created with poet Emily Gwinn, was a finalist for the 2017 White Stag manuscript prize. His collaborations with print maker Lindsey Merrell appear online in Duende. Ben lives in Spokane, WA, and teaches for Gonzaga University and the Community Colleges of Spokane.
Ellen Welcker’s second collection of poems, Ram Hands, is just out. Her first book, The Botanical Garden, was selected by Eleni Sikelianos for the 2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize. She is a recipient of a 2016 GAP grant from WA State Artist Trust, for her manuscript-in-progress, The Pink Tablet, and chapbook of these poems are forthcoming. She lives in Spokane, WA.
Crazy Horse family members & author William Matson - Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy
Thursday, August 3: Crazy Horse family members Floyd Clown and Doug War Eagle along with author William Matson will discuss and sign their book Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy based on the family's oral history. 7pm.
The Crazy Horse family's oral history has not been told outside the family for over a century. Now it is ready to be told by Clown, War Eagle, and Red Thunder, who are the son and grandsons of Edward Clown, nephew to Crazy Horse and keeper of the sacred bundle and pipe for the family after his mother Iron Cedar passed away.
Their book includes what they know about one of Montana's biggest events, the battle of the Little Bighorn, including who killed Custer, how he was killed, and what happened to his missing index finger.
Clown, War Eagle, and Red Thunder currently live in Dupree, SD on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Matson, a documentary filmmaker, currently resides in Spearfish, SD but is originally from Tacoma, Washington. This is Matson's first book.
The above photo depicts Crazy Horse's Lakota first cousin Hump Two with two of his Cheyenne wives.
Wednesday, July 26: German-born and Montana-based fine art photographer Gabriele Golissa takes you on a journey through her new book, Skies/Himmel. 7pm.
Most conversions take place in churches or temples, but Gabriele Golissa found new purpose in the plush seat of an Airbus A380. Born in Dusseldorf, Germany, she earned degrees in both business administration and disease prevention and health management. In 2014, on a trip from Frankfurt to Beijing, Golissa was overcome by a sunset. As her fellow passengers focused on the in-flight movie, she took out her camera and began clicking away. It was the start of something new.
Photographing from both ground and air, Golissa insists on depicting the sky as she sees it, experimenting with aperture and shutter speed as well as image composition while declining to alter her work after the fact. “I never tire of skies,” Golissa says. “They are never the same. No rationality, only feeling.”
Tuesday, July 25: Montana-based author, film-maker, and historian Samuel Dolan reads from his new book, Cowboys and Gangsters: Stories of an Untamed Southwest. 7pm.
Samuel K. Dolan is a documentary writer, director and Emmy Award winning producer. Dolan, who grew up in Northern Arizona, got his start in the entertainment industry at the age of 13 when he spent the summer of 1993 riding horses on the set of the feature film Tombstone. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Dolan appeared as an actor or double in numerous films and television shows before embarking on a career in documentaries. Since 2004, he has produced dozens of programs for History Channel, Military Channel, National Geographic and MSNBC.
In 2008, Dolan was the recipient of an Emmy Award for his work as producer on History Channel’s A Distant Shore: African-Americans of D-day. Between 2010 and 2012, Dolan helped develop a series for National Geographic called “Navajo Cops”, which he also directed. Dolan has also appeared as an on camera expert on the History Channel and the American Heroes Channel. He currently lives in Montana with his wife and son.
Saturday, July 22: Montanan Fiona Jallings, author of A Fan's Guide to Neo-Sindarin, leads a workshop on how to write in Tengwar, the orthography Tolkien invented for his Light Elves. 1pm.
Enchanted with Elvish? Delve into the Elven tongue of Middle-earth, into Sindarin’s long and winding past in our world and theirs, and into the culture Tolkien dreamed up for its speakers.
This is Neo-Sindarin, the descendent of the language featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, the language as it has flourished on the Internet using Tolkien’s creation as a roadmap. This book functions as a friendly introduction to the Neo-Sindarin community for beginners and non-linguists. Included is the most current information available to fans.
Within explore Neo-Sindarin academics, learn simple linguistic concepts, practice useful phrases while studying grammar, and look at the world through Elven eyes: from how they count on their fingers to how they organize the cosmos. Govano ven! (Join us!)
Fiona Jallings has a BA in English-Linguistics and a minor in Japanese. She’s been studying Tolkien’s languages since she was 15, when the first Lord of the Rings movie came out. She uses her linguistic knowledge to teach free online classes about Neo-Sindarin and maintains the website Realelvish.net, which provides phrasebooks and name translations in a handful of Tolkien’s languages.
She lives a quiet nerdy life in Northwestern Montana with her wife of many years, spending her free time taking photos of wildlife, sewing her own cosplay costumes, and talking to her cat Muior.
Thursday, July 20: UM alumna Leslie Stoll joins us for a reading of her new novel, Everything She Wanted to Say. 7pm.
At the risk of sounding like a Steve Daines ad, Stoll is a sixth-generation Montanan. She is a graduate of UM in Journalism and Philosophy.
Writing is her first love, having met it when she was five.
While Everything is her first novel, Stoll has written 12 stage plays (the third is being produced this fall), a screenplay, and has had work published in 406 Woman, and Montana Woman Magazines, plus numerous business, copywriting, and academic credits.
Five other books are in the works.
Stoll grew up with “concrete under her feet, doing dressage, and playing in the symphony”, so her take on Montana fiction is unique and modern.
Unless they are real, cowboys aren’t involved in her work.
Thursday, July 20: Meg Moseman, writer and illustrator from Missoula, joins us for a reading from her new chapbook, Of Elsewhere: An Exoskeleton. 7pm.
Of Elsewhere: An Exoskeleton is a small chapbook of art, poetry, and short prose that loosely charts the course of the seasons and a character's abusive romance with God.
Meg Moseman lives in Missoula and puts her English degree to work in the children's section of a bookstore. She writes and illustrates fantasy and poetry in her spare time.
Wednesday, July 19: Roger W. Thompson joins us for a reading from his new travel memoir, We Stood Upon Stars. 7pm.
We Stood Upon Stars: Finding God in Lost Places is a collection of Thompson’s poetic and honest essays, spiritual reflections, and often hilarious stories, stemming from his many years of expeditions throughout the American West. For Thompson, there is as much beauty and wonder in the actual journey—the searching—as in the brilliance of the destination.
Roger W. Thompson is an entrepreneur, collaborator, adventurer, and writer. He has spent his career building innovative businesses and nonprofit organizations. In addition to creating the first mission tourism resort in Haiti with the Hands and Feet Project, he’s produced surf films, built skate parks, and outfitted adventure trips. Alongside his wife, he travels, surfs, snowboards, and fly-fishes—and is teaching his two young sons to do the same. When Thompson’s not on a road trip, you’ll find him in southern California.
Wednesday, June 28: Maile Meloy, award-winning author originally from Helena, MT, joins us for a reading from her new novel, Do Not Become Alarmed. 7pm.
"Do Not Become Alarmed is the book that every reader longs for: smart and thrilling and impossible to put down. Read it once at breakneck speed to find out what happens next, and then read it slowly to marvel at the perfect prose and the masterwork of a plot. It is an alarmingly good novel." - Ann Patchett
Do Not Become Alarmed is, on the surface, about what happens when two families go on vacation together and the children go missing. The disintegration of the world the families knew--told from the perspectives of the adults and the children--is both riveting and revealing. The parents, accustomed to security and control, turn on one another and blame themselves, while the children discover resources they never knew they possessed. Do Not Become Alarmed is a story about the protective force of innocence, the limits of parental power, and the privileged illusion of safety. It captivates readers with a fast-paced, gripping plot, while also providing a probing and provocative examination of inequality, empathy, and accidents of birth, and the challenge of living up to our own expectations.
Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, the short-story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It (named one of the 10 Best Books of 2009 by The New York Times Book Review), and a bestselling middle-grade trilogy. Her fiction has won the Paris Review's Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award, and the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Meloy was shortlisted for the UK's Orange Prize and chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.
Tuesday, June 27: Ted McDermott, based in Butte, joins us for a reading on the release day of The Minor Outsider, his new novel set here in Missoula. 7pm.
"The Minor Outsider is a major debut. McDermott's witty and stirring love story tracks so many of the wonderful ways we doom our happiness. It's thrillingly sad! And quite funny." – Sam Lipsyte
"A round of applause for Ted McDermott, please. He's earned it. The Minor Outsider is a spirited, audacious, and drolly funny debut novel." – Patrick deWitt
"Let me tell you what I love about this book: its unflinching honesty. How many books can you say this about? The Minor Outsider may be a first novel, but there's a lifetime of observation behind it. Ted McDermott knows us - all our flaws, all our vanities, and yes, all the little things that make our hearts leap. As humane a new book as I've read in a long, long time." – Peter Orner
“Wry, sharp-eyed, fresh as mountain air.” – Jonathan Trigell
Ed and Taylor, both aspiring young writers, fall in love during a summer of aimless drinking and partying in their university town of Missoula, Montana. Lonely and looking for love, they connect despite their profound differences: Ed is brooding, ambitious and self-destructive, living in denial of a mysterious tumor spreading from his limbs to his brain. Taylor is positive, full of hope and emotional generosity, but like everyone, she has her limits. Their difficult relationship is intense, exciting, yet doomed from the start, complicated further when Taylor becomes pregnant. As Ed resists the harmony she brings to his life, Taylor's need to protect herself and their child also grows, until a dramatic finale.
Ted Mc Dermott's stark book speaks truthfully and with a touch of dark humor for and to today's generation of young people trying to find hope in what feels to many like an existential void. The Minor Outsider will be read as the young literary voice of our dark times.
Ted McDermott's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in VICE, The Believer, The Portland Review, The Minus Times, and elsewhere. In 2009, he was nominated for the Essay Prize. He has been a baker, a mover, a cook, a college instructor, an encyclopedist, and a reporter. He lives in Butte, Montana. The Minor Outsider is his first novel.
Saturday, June 24: Montana author Caroline Patterson reads from her collection of stories, Ballet at the Moose Lodge. 1pm.
“Caroline Patterson writes with grace and grit, stories that light up both the real Montana landscape and the imagined. She is a savvy and gleeful interpreter of the lightning-strike epiphanies that comprise our daily lives.” -- Susanna Sonnenberg, author of She Matters: A Life in Friendships
Caroline Patterson makes her home in Missoula, Montana, with her husband, writer Fred Haefele, and her two college-aged children, Phoebe and Tobin. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is the executive director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative.
Friday, June 23: Lynsey G, Missoula-based author, reads from her new memoir, Watching Porn and Other Confessions of an Adult Entertainment Journalist. 7pm.
Tantalizing, eye-opening, and witty, Watching Porn is a provocative book about an average girl’s foray into the porn industry and the people who make it what it is, both in front of and behind the camera. Often laugh-out-loud funny and thought provoking, Watching Porn is a wildly entertaining and surprisingly relatable memoir that will spark conversation about the intersection of pornography, sex, relationships, consumerism, and what it means to be a feminist today.
“A young, vivacious, sexually-repressed feminist gets a job watching porn. Hijinks ensue . . . A valuable and insightful contribution to our ongoing dialogue about the role that porn holds in society today, and what role we believe it should hold, in a responsible and ethical formulation of modern sexuality.” — David Ley, PhD, Author of Ethical Porn for Dicks
Lynsey G. is a reviewer, interviewer, critic, documentary filmmaker, and blogger. Her work has appeared in Refinery29, BUST, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Bitch magazine, MEL Magazine, Luna Luna Magazine, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and others. After many years of doing battle with the New York City subway system, she now resides in Missoula, Montana.
Wednesday, June 21: Billings novelist Sean McDaniel will read from his new book, Criminal Zoo. He will be joined by Missoula's own Alec Cizak, reading from his new novella Down on the Street. 7pm.
"Criminal Zoo is a chilling narrative into the mind of a serial killer. This book is terrifying, not the creepy 'who's behind the door' scary, but disquieting, in the way the reader is immediately brought into the killer's world. Sean McDaniel does a great job of giving the reader an insight into the thoughts, actions, and justifications of the villian through a first person chronicle. McDaniel has created a standout novel. Good character development, a twisting plot complete with a couple of 'didn't see that coming' moments, and a crucial social issue all contribute to making this a must read." —Larry Kennedy, owner of The Book Cellar
Sean McDaniel, born in Durango, CO, grew up on the plains of southeastern New Mexico. At the age of twenty-five, he founded Plaza Fitness Health Club, and is also a contributing editor for MuscleMag International. He lives in Billings, MT
“Alec Cizak demonstrates in Down on the Street that he remains among the top fiction writers alive, regardless of genre. This is a crime story, but it’s so much more. Words like sharpened blades cut out the reader’s heart, emotionally and otherwise. I read this novella in a burst. A week later, I’m still absorbing it.” —Rob Pierce, author of Uncle Dust and With the Right Enemies.
Alec Cizak is a writer and filmmaker from Indianapolis. He is the author of Between Juarez and El Paso, Manifesto Destination, and a collection of short stories, Crooked Roads. He is also the editor of the fiction journal Pulp Modern.
Thursday, June 8: Christine Carbo, Whitefish-based author, reads from her latest novel, The Weight of Night. 7pm.
On most days, the wilderness gave me peace. But not tonight.
In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts a twilight glow over the imposing mountains and vistas of the Crown Jewel of the Continent. When firefighters are called in to dig fuel line breaks near the small town bordering the park, a crewmember is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.
The Weight of Night is Christine Carbo’s latest novel in an award-winning series which “paints a moving picture of complex, flawed people fighting to make their way in a wilderness where little is black or white” (Publishers Weekly). It is a gripping tribute to the power of redemption, set against one of America’s most majestic and unforgiving landscapes.
Christine grew up in Gainesville, Florida – the same town her main character in The Wild Inside grows up in – then moved to Kalispell, Montana when she was twelve. At first, she hated leaving her friends and the beaches of Florida, but after a few months of living in the Flathead Valley, which is surrounded by beautiful lakes, mountains, wildlife and a ski resort, she quickly came to love the area.
Christine received a Masters in English/Linguistics from the University of Montana. After, she began teaching English courses at Flathead Valley Community College in her hometown of Kalispell. The endeavor of writing has been an amazing journey for Christine, filled with all the necessary binary operations in life: self-doubt and self-belief, pain and joy, frustration and contentment, sadness and happiness, defeat and hope… the list goes on. Throughout this process, Christine has come to realize that writing is even more fulfilling when she stays involved with other writers. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, Authors of the Flathead, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, International Thriller Writers, Outdoor Writers Association of America, and Montana Women Writers.
Currently, Christine and her husband, Jamie, live in Whitefish with three kids, one dog and a cat. When Christine’s not teaching Pilates or writing suspense, she’s enjoying all that living in Northwest Montana has to offer.
Thursday, June 1: Missoula-based author, educator, and adventurer John Kratz joins us for a reading from his new guide, Hiking Waterfalls in Montana. 7pm.
Hiking Waterfalls in Montana includes detailed hike descriptions, maps, and color photos for some 100 of the state’s most scenic waterfall hikes. Encompassing state and national parks, forests, monuments and wilderness areas, this guide includes history, local trivia, and GPS coordinates, leading hikers to remote corners to view spectacular waterfalls.
John Kratz is originally from Pocatello, Idaho and currently lives in Missoula, MT. When he’s not out adventuring in the mountains, he spends his time playing music around town and working as a Spanish immersion teacher at Missoula International School. Hiking Waterfalls in Montana is John’s first published hiking guide.
Wednesday, May 31: Join us at the Missoula Art Museum for a book signing of THEODORE WADDELL: My Montana—Paintings and Sculpture, 1959–2016 with author Rick Newby. 4pm.
Heavily illustrated with the artist’s own work, as well as images from his personal archive, Theodore Waddell: My Montana traces Waddell’s influences, ranging from the Cezannesque works of Montana rancher and teacher Isabelle Johnson to the abstract expressionism of Robert Motherwell, the expressionist figuration of Robert DeNiro Sr., and the classic western paintings of Karl Bodmer, Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran, Joseph Henry Sharp, and Maynard Dixon.
With access to Waddell’s journals and letters and an extensive oral history recently completed, author Rick Newby offers unprecedented insight into Waddell’s first years as an avowed artist and his period of struggle and disciplined creativity. Newby portrays Waddell’s decades as a practicing rancher and the years of his success— when his sculptures and vast canvases have found homes in leading museums.
Rick Newby has contributed major essays to the exhibition catalogs A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence and The Most Difficult Journey: The Poindexter Collections of American Modernist Painting. He is the editor of In Poetic Silence: The Floral Paintings of Joseph Henry Sharp, by Thomas Minckler.
Thursday, May 25: UM alumna and outgoing Montana Book Festival director Rachel Mindell and Missoula Renaissance woman Jenny Montgomery join us for a poetry reading. 7pm.
Rachel Mindell is writer and teacher originally from Tucson, Arizona. Her chapbook, A Teardrop and a Bullet, was released last year by Dancing Girl Press. Individual poems have appeared in Pool, DIAGRAM, Bombay Gin, BOAAT, and elsewhere.
Jenny Montgomery will read new work as well as poems from the chapbook, Hatch, exploring a child's near-death experience and exuberant embrace of life and language. The poems free us to lighten up about death and disability, even as we confront their mysteries.
Jenny Montgomery has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Barrow Street, Tar River, CALYX, Unsplendid, the New York Times, Gathering of the Tribes, and the Cairo Times. Her poetry installations have been shown at galleries in Montana and Washington. She was educated at the Evergreen State College and Columbia University. She resides in Missoula, where she owns a distillery with her husband, Ryan.
Tuesday, May 23: J. Robert Lennon joins us from Ithaca, New York, for a reading of his new novel Broken River. 7pm.
“An intimate portrait of the violence we do to each other, about family and art and the scars of unspeakable acts. Broken River blisters and rips and ultimately soars. I loved it.” —Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls
“Broken River is a novel with multiple identities: it's a ghost story, a crime story, a coming-of-age story, a story about love and family and fiction itself. What is astonishing is how well all these elements work together, how they intertwine as seamlessly as the fBroken River ates of Lennon's characters. As good as fiction gets.”—Ben Winters
“Like a Coen Brothers film, Broken River is a strange world unto itself—it does not seek you out, but waits for you, beating on without and even despite you. It is the work of one of today's great unheralded masters of fiction writing at his most compelling and most innovative yet. Somehow, Lennon has achieved something ingenious and unimaginable: he has made the reader complicit in a tangled narrative of cause and effect, a witness to a double homicide, bystander to troubled lives, and co-conspirator in the worst revenge plot imaginable. All the while, you, guilty reader, are helplessly bound by your own reality, forever separated by the page from the world within this book that is as near perfect a literary thriller as could ever be written.” —Andrew Unger, Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park
J. Robert Lennon’s cinematic, darkly comic novel Broken River opens with a terrifying scene: in the middle of the night, a couple and their child flee their modest home in upstate New York. But it’s already too late for them. As this violent panorama unfolds, a spectral presence—the Observer—watches with cold and mysterious interest. Before long, the house lies abandoned and falls into disrepair, until years later a new family moves in.
Karl, Eleanor, and their daughter, Irina, arrive from New York City in the wake of Karl’s infidelity to start their lives anew. While Karl tries to stabilize his flailing art career, Eleanor, a successful commercial novelist, eagerly pivots in a new creative direction. Meanwhile, twelve-year-old Irina becomes obsessed with the brutal murders that occurred more than a decade earlier. As the ensemble cast grows to include Louis, a hapless carpet salesman who is haunted by his past, and Sam, a young woman newly reunited with her jailbird brother, secrets surrounding the unsolved murders come to light. All the while the Observer looms—a gradually awakening consciousness—as the narrative threads of this brilliant psychological thriller weave dangerously together.
J. Robert Lennon is the author of eight novels, including Familiar, Castle, and Mailman, as well as two story collections. His fiction has appeared in the Paris Review, Granta, Harper's, Playboy, and the New Yorker. He lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing at Cornell University.
Saturday, May 20: UM alumna Natalie Peeterse joins us for a reading of poetry from her new chapbook, Dreadful : Luminosity, Letters. 1pm.
“Natalie Peeterse’s Dreadful : Luminosity is painful, precise, physical, powerful, timeless, full of the kinds of detail that make this love this love, this life this life, and so sharp that it is a deep & nourishing breath to exist here in these poems, in the smallness of ‘arms outstretched and while we do this with our hours it is easy to forget what was before we dove / down into that smallness’. But lest you think these poems to Peeterse’s young daughter are sheltered by a kitchen fort of love: no. The whole world dwells here, roaming, seeking, reaching for one another. So full of feeling, it is the work of the world and all of us who live in it to be here together. ‘Don’t look away, I tell us both. Not yet.’” —Ellen Welcker
Dreadful : Luminosity is a sequence of poems about what it means to live in this world with all of its shine and dread. The poet addresses her daughter, drawing a lyric map to the highways, chapels and alleyways where she might find the answers to the questions she will have as she grows into a woman.
Natalie Peeterse has an MFA from the University of Montana. She is the editor of Verde Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia Lorca. Her poetry has appeared in Magnolia, Blackbird, and Sonora Review among other journals. She was included in I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights. Her chapbook Black Birds : Blue Horse, An Elegy won the Gold Line Press Poetry Prize in 2011. She has been a fellow with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a participant at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and an artist in residence at the Caldera Institute. She is a recipient of the 2013 Artist Innovation Award by the Montana Arts Council.
Friday, May 19: S. Brian Willson joins us from Portland, Oregon to read from his memoir, Blood on the Tracks. 7pm.
"Brian Willson's courage, integrity, and dedication to peace and justice and to a sustainable society have been an inspiration to all of those who seek to change the course on which we are lurching towards destruction. His memoir should be read and pondered, and its lessons should be taken to heart by those who hope to create a more decent world." —Noam Chomsky
"Brian Willson has lived one of the more interesting and inspiring lives of any peace activist in recent American history. His story deserves to be read and absorbed by people of all persuasions: militarists as well as anti-militarists." —Peter Dale Scott, author of The War Conspiracy
"No one has gone deeper into the heart of American militarism and moral despair than Brian Willson, paying an immeasurable cost, only to come out intact on the other side. His brilliant extendedreflection not only gives us light but also hope: this is what it means to be an upright human being in a world of violence and lies. He can't be stopped! Thank God Brian Willson has written his story: we Americans need it desperately." —Mark Rudd, author of Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen
After serving in the Vietnam War, S. Brian Willson became a radical, nonviolent peace protester and pacifist, and this memoir details the drastic governmental and social change he has spent his life fighting for. Chronicling his personal struggle with a government he believes to be unjust, Willson sheds light on the various incarnations of his protests of the U.S. government, including the refusal to pay taxes, public fasting, and, most famously, public obstruction. On September 1, 1987, Willson was run over by a U.S. government munitions train during a nonviolent blocking action in which he expected to be removed from the tracks. Providing a full look into the tragic event, Willson, who lost his legs in the incident, discusses how the subsequent publicity propelled his cause toward the national consciousness. Now, 23 years later, Willson tells his story of social injustice, nonviolent struggle, and the so-called American way of life.
Thursday, May 18: Eden Solas, originally from California, will read from her collection of short stories, Tender Tinder Tarot Teacher. University of Montana alumna Nora Justice will read from her new poetry and art collection, Second Puberty. 7pm. Join us ahead of time for tarot readings from Eden at 6pm.
Tender Tinder Tarot Teacher chronicles a year of Eden Solas' daily encounters with the new age, the desert dating scene, economic hardships, and small everyday trials and triumphs through her role of payday loan attendant. Solas’ short stories touch intimately on the breadth of lives in the High Desert region.
Eden is from Fontana, California, a former steel town where her parents worked as nurses at the first Kaiser Permanente hospital. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California and recently received the Truman Capote scholarship to
attend the University of Montana’s Creative Writing Graduate program.
Nora Justice has been writing and publishing poetry since her teens, but recently published her first collection Second Puberty, an intimate collage of art and poetry. She writes about relationships, her years working in animal rights activism, her lifelong struggle with her Catholic identity, mortality, sexuality, queer politics, coming out as a trans-woman, birds, hauntings, and the ghostly vibes of the Pacific Northwest. She has worked extensively in activism, politics and alternative media, toured the nation playing in various bands, has had several visual art gallery showings in Missoula and holds degrees in both Native American Studies and Irish Studies from the University of Montana. Currently she is working on a project to help publish the poetry of those confined to mental health facilities and is an active member of four local bands: Preachy, Wilhelmina, Holy Lands, and her solo project False Teeth.