Shakespeare & Co.

An Independent Bookstore

Shakespeare & Co. is an independent full-service bookstore in Missoula, MT.  We sell new books, kids books, gifts, journals, cards, t-shirts, gift certificates and more. Stop by for recommendations and check out our readings and events!

Hours: Mon - Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun 12 - 5

Hank Green - An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

Hank Green - An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

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Saturday, November 24: Missoula’s own Hank Green joins us for a reading from his new novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. 4pm.

Hank Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. He’s also the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow, prompting The Washington Post to name him “one of America’s most popular science teachers.” Complexly’s videos have been viewed more than two billion times on YouTube. Green cofounded a number of other small businesses, including DFTBA.com, which helps online creators make money by selling cool stuff to their communities; and VidCon, the world’s largest conference for the online video community. In 2017, VidCon drew more than forty thousand attendees across three events in Anaheim, Amsterdam, and Australia. Hank and his brother, John, also started the Project for Awesome, which last year raised more than two million dollars for charities, including Save the Children and Partners in Health. Hank lives in Montana with his wife, son, and cat.

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Ednor Therriault - Myths and Legends of Yellowstone: The True Stories Behind History's Mysteries
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Ednor Therriault - Myths and Legends of Yellowstone: The True Stories Behind History's Mysteries

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Wednesday, December 5: Missoula author Ednor Therriault joins us for a reading from his new book, Myths and Legends of Yellowstone: The True Stories Behind History’s Mysteries. 7pm.

The world's first designated national park, Yellowstone is famous for its steaming geysers, bubbling mud pots, and wildlife-caused traffic jams. But few people may know about the many Native American tribes that visited the area long before John Colter "discovered" it, how one man nearly decimated the park's bison population, or the strange music that emanates from Yellowstone Lake. Each episode included in this book explores unusual phenomena, strange events, and mysteries in Yellowstone National Park’s history. From rumors of ghosts in the iconic Old Faithful Inn to Bigfoot sightings throughout the park, Myths and Legends of Yellowstone makes history fun and pulls back the curtain on some of this national treasure's most fascinating and compelling stories.

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Ednor Therriault is the author of Montana Off the Beaten Path and Montana Curiosities, the best-selling title in Globe Pequot’s “Curiosities” series. His next book, Seven Montanas: the Search for the Soul of the Treasure State, is scheduled for release in fall of 2019. He writes a biannual humor column for Mountain Outlaw magazine, and has written for Distinctly Montana, Montana Magazine, and the Missoula Independent.

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Stephanie Land - MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Stephanie Land - MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive

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Tuesday, February 5: Missoula’s own Stephanie Land joins us for a reading from her new memoir, MAID: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. 7pm.

In 2015, Stephanie wrote an impassioned viral essay in Vox, which detailed her life as a domestic worker, a field largely dominated by women working as housecleaners, nannies, and in elder care, jobs that often deny basic labor rights like minimum wage, overtime, sick and vacation pay. Emotionally raw yet heartwarming, MAID gives voice to the working poor, and is fueled by Stephanie’s courage to expose the reality of pursuing the American dream from below the poverty line.

Stephanie Land’s work has been featured in The New York TimesThe New York Review of Books, The Washington PostThe GuardianVoxSalon, and many other outlets. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

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Nancy Pfeiffer - Riding Into the Heart of Patagonia
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Nancy Pfeiffer - Riding Into the Heart of Patagonia

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Thursday, October 11: Nancy Pfeiffer joins us from Palmer, Alaska for a reading for her new memoir, Riding Into the Heart of Patagonia, along with a slideshow of photos from her travels in the Aysen region. 7pm.

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“This book begins as one kind of epic--a novice horseback rider in her 30s, making her solitary way across one of the world's great wildernesses. That would be reason enough to read this absorbing account--but at the end it morphs into something even deeper, the story of her participation in the glorious nonviolent struggle (conducted largely from the saddle) to stop the damming of Patagonia's great rivers. An adventure in the truest sense of the word.” — Bill McKibben

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As a lifelong adventurer and outdoor educator, Nancy Pfeiffer has traveled from Antarctica to the Arctic Ocean. Life as a mountaineering guide has given her the opportunity to experience the world’s highest summits, yet it is the landscapes and cultures encountered along the way that intrigue her most.Her published works range from poetry to scientific research, and explore subjects from the joys and frustrations of building a house as a single woman to mountaineering for paraplegics. As a novice horsewoman, Nancy took off across Patagonia alone on horseback. Over the next two decades and three thousand kilometers of rugged horse trail, the hospitable people who live there took her in, and Patagonia slipped silently into her soul. Nancy now lives with her husband Fredrik in a cabin outside Palmer, Alaska.

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Sneed Collard - Warblers and Woodpeckers
Sep
20
7:00 PM19:00

Sneed Collard - Warblers and Woodpeckers

Thursday, September 20: Missoula author Sneed Collard joins us for a reading from his new memoir, Warblers and Woodpeckers. 7pm.

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Sneed B. Collard III is the author of more than 75 books, along with countless magazine articles for both children and adults. He is the recipient of the Washington Post Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award for his body of work, while one of his newest titles for kids, Hopping Ahead of Climate Change: Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival, was a finalist for 2016's AAS/Subaru Science Books & Films Prize for Excellence in Science Books. The Collards live in Missoula, Montana, and you can learn more about Sneed at sneedbcollardiii.com and his father-son birding at FatherSonBirding.com.

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Alec Cizak - Breaking Glass
Sep
19
7:00 PM19:00

Alec Cizak - Breaking Glass

Wednesday, September 19: Missoula's Alec Cizak joins us for a reading from his new novel, Breaking Glass. 7pm.

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Alec Cizak is a writer from Indiana. He is the author of Between Juarez and El Paso, Manifesto Destination, and a collection of short stories titled Crooked Roads. His most recent novella, Down on the Street, was published by ABC Group Documentation. He is also the chief editor of the fiction journal Pulp Modern.

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Roger Dunsmore - On the Chinese Wall: New & Selected Poems 1966-2018
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Dunsmore - On the Chinese Wall: New & Selected Poems 1966-2018

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Tuesday, September 18: University of Montana Professor Emeritus Roger Dunsmore joins us from Coeur D'Alene for a reading from his latest collection of poetry, On the Chinese Wall: New & Selected Poems 1966-2018. 7pm.

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Roger Dunsmore’s latest volume, On the Chinese Wall: New & Selected Poems 1966-2018 gathers some fifty years of writing by one of the finest poets of the Great Subculture.

The voices of this Subculture emerge from shadow and silence in song, art, story-telling and myth-making, and in particular in the common speech of everyday life. Such is the speech of Dunsmore’s poetry, informed by the lyric past of ancient Greece and the visionary traditions of ancient America as expressed by the Sioux visionary Black Elk. Here, among echoes of Archilochos and Meister Eckhart, can be found a poem for a loose ram, a poem for a woman kissing all the icons in the Byzantine Museum in Athens, a poem for a trapper in Montana whose pet wolverine loved Oreo cookies. Dunsmore’s poetry derives from an old world of people, creatures, and things held in the compromising embrace of the New: Che Guevera in the mountains; the voices of students in China; and a man named Mike Blue Horse, “best night-hawker on the Hi-line,” dancing solo in a bar in Montana.

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Roger Dunsmore taught Humanities, Wilderness Studies, Environmental Studies, and American Indian Literature at the University of Montana in Missoula and Dillon from 1963-2013. He is one of the founders of the Wilderness and Civilization Program at UM. He was short-listed twice to the governor for the position of Montana Poet Laureate (2005 & 2007), and honored as a Humanities Hero by Humanities Montana in 2012. He currently lives with his wife, the painter and long-time yoga practitioner, Jenni Fallein, in Coeur d'Alene, ID.

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Gwendolyn Nix - The Falling Dawn: Celestial Scripts
Sep
15
1:00 PM13:00

Gwendolyn Nix - The Falling Dawn: Celestial Scripts

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Saturday, September 15: Missoula author Gwendolyn Nix joins us for a reading from her new novel, The Falling Dawn: Celestial Scripts1pm.

Raised in the wilds of countless library stacks, Gwendolyn N. Nix forged her skills in writing and science in the shark-infested waters of Belize, by researching neural proteins, inducing evolutionary pressures in green algae, and through the limitless horizons of her own imagination. A born seeker of adventure, she saw her first beached humpback whale on a windy day in New York, met a ghost angel in a Paris train station, and had Odin answer her prayers on a mountain in Scotland. Her short fiction appears in The Sisterhood of the Blade anthology. The Falling Dawn is her first novel. She lives in Missoula, MT.

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Spencre McGowan - Blotto Botany
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Spencre McGowan - Blotto Botany

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Friday, September 7th: Montana herbalist Spencre McGowan joins us for a reading from her new book, Blotto Botany. 7pm.

Blotto Botany, originally a zine, is now a gorgeous full-length book of medicinal cordials created by herbalist and healing expert Spencre McGowan. Inside, readers and herbalism practitioners will find 40 cordial recipes organized by season, each with their own healing properties. Each page is a four-color collage created by the author, and all the recipes are written in her own handwriting.

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Spencre L.R. McGowan is an herbalist and writer primarily from Maine and Nantucket. She is the creator of Gingertooth & Twine, a blog and shop dedicated to enhancing herbal wisdom through plant-based brews, meals, and publications. Spencre received her certification as an herbalist from the California School of Herbal Studies in 2013. She currently lives alongside the icy caps of Montana with some plants.

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Jesse Bier - Phenomenal Farewell
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

Jesse Bier - Phenomenal Farewell

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Saturday August 18: Missoula-based author Jesse Bier joins us for a reading from his final collection of poetry, Phenomenal Farewell. 1pm.

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, and eventually transplanted to Montana, WWII veteran writer and retired professor of English Jesse Bier penned several novels, short stories, plays, and scholarly essays and nonfiction during his tenure at the University of Montana. In 1997, he published his first volume of poetry, Don't Tell Me Trees Don't Talk, an immensely varied and accessible collection, and continued writing well into his retirement, published The Cannibal, Ocho Rios, Transatlantic Lives, After Dying, The Silly People's Orchestra, and this, his final, rousing collection of poetry, Phenomenal Farewell, published in his 93rd year. A celebration of life, beauty, and comradeship, this masterful, multi-faceted portrait of human and Mother Nature also offers up some haunting, powerfully affecting, starkly honest poems, as well as Bier's take on creativity and the discipline of poetry itself.

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Peter Stark - Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Peter Stark - Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father

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Saturday, July 21: Montana-based historian Peter Stark joins us for a reading from his new book, Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father. 1pm.

Stark, a historian and seasoned adventure writer, paddled, hiked, and climbed the region where young Washington’s story played out. Stark recounts Washington’s early exploits into the wilderness with singular empathy, bringing to bear his own insights into the psychological stresses of the unknown. In this vivid telling, Stark breathes new life into a Washington who exists largely outside the lore of American history.

Peter Stark is the author of the New York Times bestseller Astoria, along with The Last Empty Places, Last Breath, and At the Mercy of the River. He is a frequent contributor to Outside Magazine, has written for Smithsonian and the New Yorker and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. He lives in Montana with his wife and children.

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Tami Haaland - What Does Not Return
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Tami Haaland - What Does Not Return

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Thursday, July 19: Tami Haaland joins us from Billings for a reading from her new book of poetry, What Does Not Return. 7pm.

Tami Haaland is the author of three poetry collections: What Does Not Return; When We Wake in the Night; and Breath in Every Room, winner of the Nicholas Roerich First Book Award. She earned a BA and MA in English Literature from the University of Montana and a MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College. Haaland has offered creative writing workshops in prisons, schools, and community settings and was Montana’s Poet Laureate from 2013 to 2015. She is a professor at Montana State University Billings. 

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Moving On: The Last Poems of Ed Lahey
Jul
17
2:00 PM14:00

Moving On: The Last Poems of Ed Lahey

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Tuesday July 17: Local authors Mark Gibbons, Aaron Parrett, Roger Dunsmore, Sheryl Noethe, Robert Lee, and Marylor Wilson join us for readings from Moving On: The Last Poems of Ed Lahey. 2pm.

Ed Lahey (1936-2011) achieved renown as one of Montana's finest poets. His poetry reflects a deep commitment to Butte, to Montana, to the working class, and to an intellectual tradition that reaches back to the ancient Greeks. His books The Blind Horses and Birds of a Feather received much critical acclaim, leading to his Montana Governor's Arts Award in 2008.

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Casey Charles - The Monkey Cages
Jul
14
1:00 PM13:00

Casey Charles - The Monkey Cages

Saturday, July 14: University of Montana professor Casey Charles joins us for a reading from his new work of historical fiction, The Monkey Cages. 1pm.

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Casey Charles lives in Missoula, Montana, where he teaches queer studies, law in literature, and Shakespeare at the university. Charles’s writing draws on his experience as an activist, a trial lawyer, and a researcher. His first book, The Sharon Kowalski Case: Lesbian and Gay Rights on Trial, was nominated for a Publishing Triangle Award in nonfiction, and a collection of essays, Critical Queer Studies: Law, Film, and Fiction in Contemporary America, followed in 2012. Trials of Christopher Mann, a novel, came out in 2013. Charles has also published two poetry chapbooks, including Blood Work. 2018 has seen the publication of a full-length poetry collection entitled Zicatela from Foothills Press, along with the release of his second novel, The Monkey Cages, from Lethe. 

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Michael Downs - The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Downs - The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist

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Thursday, July 12: Michael Downs joins us from Baltimore for a reading from his new novel, The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist. 7pm.

The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist marks Downs’s third book set in his hometown of Hartford. Others include The Greatest Show: Stories, and House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance. A former newspaper reporter, Downs is an associate professor of English at Towson University. He lives and writes in Baltimore.

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Jack Clinton - Clovis
Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Jack Clinton - Clovis

Thursday, July 5: Jack Clinton joins us from Red Lodge, Montana for a reading from his new novel, Clovis. 7pm.

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Jack spent most of his adult life living in Wyoming, working as kitchen help, laborer, carpenter, and mountain guide. However, much of the focus of his life was the mountains, whether hiking, climbing, skiing or kayaking. Jack earned his undergraduate and graduate degree in Spanish at the University of Wyoming, and lived and traveled throughout the Spanish-speaking world. During his University years, Jack started writing freelance, covering environmental news. His work regularly appeared in the Caspar Star Tribune, and in diverse periodicals such as High Country News, Western Horseman, E-magazine, Rock and Ice, and Climbing. During his years at the University, he also won the Neltje Blanchan award for fiction. After a long hiatus from writing to engage in raising his daughter, Emma, he has returned to writing and produced a new novel. Clovis, a stand-alone environmental novel, is a fictional composite of many of the stories and people who filled those Wyoming decades.

 

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The Fourth Way - John Walz & David Fletch
Jul
1
2:00 PM14:00

The Fourth Way - John Walz & David Fletch

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Sunday July 1: John Walz and David Fletch present on their program, The Fourth Way. 2pm.

The Fourth Way is an esoteric system of self realization which was brought to Europe by George I. Gurdjieff in the early 1900’s. In our presentation, we will discuss its origins, history, practices, and aims. We will also discuss the influence that the Fourth Way has had on our modern society through literature, theater, movies, and science. The presentation will culminate with an introduction to some Fourth Way techniques of “mindfulness” and will be followed by time for questions and answers. Please join us for two powerful hours of Being Present in the Now.

John Walz is a Licensed Acupuncturist with a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine. He lives in Northern California with his wife of 14 years, Delphine, who is also a practitioner of the Fourth Way. John was introduced to the Fourth Way in 1987 . His background includes Tai Chi, Taoism and Yoga. During his 30 years of practicing the Fourth Way, he learned the joy of being present to every moment in his life.

David Fletch is a brand new student of the Fourth Way as of this morning, and has been every morning for the last thirty four years. Except for that, he is a simple, ordinary human who is not even on a special diet. One of his greatest aims is learning to love from pure, childlike essence-presence.

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Shobha Rao - Girls Burn Brighter
Jun
22
6:00 PM18:00

Shobha Rao - Girls Burn Brighter

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Friday, June 22: Shobha Rao joins us from San Francisco for a reading from her new novel, Girls Burn Brighter. 6pm.

Shobha Rao burst onto the literary scene in 2016 with her short story collection, An Unrestored Woman. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story "Kavitha and Mustafa" was chosen by T. C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015. She moved to the United States from India at the age of seven and currently lives in San Francisco.

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Deedie Runkel - Scone by Scone
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

Deedie Runkel - Scone by Scone

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Wednesday, June 20: Deedie Runkel joins us from Oregon for a reading from her new memoir, Scone by Scone: Tales from an Innkeeper's Life7pm.

After a lifetime on the East Coast of building communities, Donnan Beeson (Deedie) Runkel moved West with her husband David in 2002 to take over a struggling bed and breakfast that caters to theaterlovers attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Deedie majored in English at Penn State, where she met her husband when they both wrote for The Daily Collegian. Just recently, she earned her Master’s degree in Fine Arts in writing from UC/Riverside. Her first book, an autobiography titled Boxes: Lifting the Lid on an American Life was published in 2010. Her opinion pieces and articles have appeared in The Philadelphia Bulletin, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Friends Journal, and other publications. She’s the mother of three and grandmother of two grandgirls.

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Laura Tempest Zakroff - Sigil Witchery
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Laura Tempest Zakroff - Sigil Witchery

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Tuesday, June 12: Laura Tempest Zakroff joins us from Seattle for a reading from her new book, Sigil Witchery7pm.

Laura Tempest Zakroff is a professional artist, author, dancer, and designer. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her artwork has received awards and honors worldwide. Her work embodies myth and the esoteric through her drawings and paintings, jewelry, talismans, and other designs. Laura has been a practicing Modern Traditional Witch for over two decades and revels in the intersection of her various paths with witchcraft. She blogs for Patheos as A Modern Traditional Witch, Witches & Pagans as Fine Art Witchery, and contributes to The Witches' Almanac, Ltd. 

She has published two books: The Witch's Cauldron: The Craft, Lore & Magick of Ritual Vessels and Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols, with two more on the way - The Witch's Altar (co-authored with Jason Mankey) and Weave The Liminal: Living Modern Traditional Witchcraft. Laura resides in Seattle, Washington, with her partner Nathaniel Johnstone and at least three cats. 

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Zan Bockes - Alibi for Stolen Light
Jun
9
1:00 PM13:00

Zan Bockes - Alibi for Stolen Light

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Saturday, June 9: Missoula's own Zan Bockes joins us for a reading from her new book of poetry, Alibi for Stolen Light. 1pm.

Zan Bockes, a direct descendant of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and revelry, earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. Her work appears in numerous publications and she has had four Pushcart Prize nominations. Her first poetry collection, Caught in Passing, was released in 2013.

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Rick Bass - The Traveling Feast
Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Rick Bass - The Traveling Feast

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Wednesday, June 6: Missoula-based author Rick Bass joins us for a reading from his new book, The Traveling Feast. 7pm.

Bass was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of a geologist, and he studied petroleum geology at Utah State University. He grew up in Houston, and started writing short stories on his lunch breaks while working as a petroleum geologist in Jackson, Mississippi. In 1987, he moved with his wife, the artist Elizabeth Hughes Bass, to the remote Yaak Valley, where he works to protect his adopted home from roads and logging. Rick serves on the board of both the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies. In 2011 Rick moved from the Yaak area of Montana to Missoula, Montana. He continues to give readings, write, and teach around the country and world. He lives in Montana with his family.

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Joyce Hocker - The Trail to Tincup
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Joyce Hocker - The Trail to Tincup

Thursday, May 31st: Missoula-based Joyce Hocker joins us for a reading from her new memoir, The Trail to Tincup: Love Stories at Life's End. 7pm.

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About Joyce:  Joyce Lynnette Hocker grew up in Texas, returning to her parents’ home state after being born in Atlanta, Georgia, and living in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She is a descendent of four generations of Texans on both sides.  Her academic career as a communication studies professor brought her to Missoula, Montana in 1976, where she lives with her husband, Gary Hawk and their tuxedo cat, Lonestar.  Joyce obtained a Ph. D. in Communication from the University of Texas—Austin, and later received a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana.  Joyce began her private practice in 1985, located in a historic building in downtown Missoula.  She reads passionately, late into the night.  She spends time whenever she can in the family cabin close to Tincup, Colorado.  Joyce is the author of Interpersonal Conflict,  a best-selling text used in more than 250 colleges and universities,  now in its 10th edition.  In semi-retirement, Joyce teaches in the Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Montana, and at Red Willow Learning Center, a nonprofit in Missoula, which supports resilience in people who suffer difficult life experiences.  She teaches life writing, writing for healing, and dream work.  Joyce has been in Jungian analysis off and on since 1976, and has woven Jungian concepts and practices into her current book.

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Lisa Kundrat - Speak, Cairn
May
19
1:00 PM13:00

Lisa Kundrat - Speak, Cairn

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Saturday, May 19: Missoula-based poet Lisa Kundrat joins us for a reading from her new chapbook, Speak, Cairn. 1pm.

Speak, Cairn, a poetry chapbook, takes the reader on a trip through a variety of natural landscapes (boreal forest by canoe, fruit-tree planting in an equatorial eco-city, soaking in mineral baths in Montana). The reader connects with people along the way who are rooted in the place the reader travels through. The reader continues to move, feeling moments of connection, but mostly alien and lost. The collection is book-ended by two poems concerning cairns, markers on a trail that show people where to go. As alone as we may feel as we travel through the world looking for home, when we add a stone to a cairn, we are connected to our fellow travelers. “We speak to each other through stones.” 

Lisa Kundrat‘s sense of adventure has led her many places, including Montana, Ecuador and Hudson Bay. Her poems and writing have won awards, been published in periodicals, and been made into songs and performed in an opera. She grew up in Saint Cloud, Minnesota and has a BA from the University of Montana-Missoula and a MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Missoula with her husband, Andy.

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Michel Valentin - Trumpism: A Cultural Psycho Genesis
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

Michel Valentin - Trumpism: A Cultural Psycho Genesis

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Wednesday, May 16: Missoula-based author and University of Montana professor Michel Valentin joins us for a reading from his new book, Trumpism: A Cultural Psycho Genesis – The Lost Souls of Mid-America and the Braggodocio of Manhattan. 7pm.

Michel Valentin studied French, Baroque and Post-Modernist Criticism at the University of Minnesota. He teaches French language and literature, French and West African cinema and literary criticism at the University of Montana. 

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Erin Saldin - The Dead Enders
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Erin Saldin - The Dead Enders

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Wednesday, May 9: University of Montana professor and author Erin Saldin joins us for a reading from her new novel, The Dead Enders. 7pm.

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Erin Saldin grew up in Idaho. She has been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa and a bartender in New York City, and holds an MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow in fiction. She has been awarded the Rrofihe Trophy in Fiction, and her work has been selected for The Best New American Voices 2009. In 2010, she was awarded PEN/Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Residency, and spent six months living off the grid in the Klamath mountains of Oregon. Her short stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in FivechaptersOpen CityThe New York Times, The Best New American VoicesThe Northwest Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. Her debut novel for young adults, The Girls of No Return, was published in February, 2012. Erin lives in Missoula, Montana, where she teaches at the University of Montana.

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Cassandra Wind - Ancient Teachings, New Traditions
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Cassandra Wind - Ancient Teachings, New Traditions

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Saturday, May 5: Missoula-based author and acupuncturist Cassandra Wind joins us for a reading from her new book, Ancient Teachings, New Traditions: A Mother's Quest to Raise an Empowered Daughter1pm.

Cassandra Wind was born in Wisconsin and was second of seven children. She always found nature to be her sanctuary when life seemed too volatile. These experiences strengthened her to study with non-traditional healers around the globe. Through two marriages and divorces, she shared raising her three children while pursuing a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. At age 42, she interned in acupuncture at the Traditional School of Chinese Medicine in Guangzhou. In her current practice, she inspires, awakens, and motivates her clients to discover the unique gift they were blessed with to make this world better.

 

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Michael Moreci - Black Star Renegades
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Moreci - Black Star Renegades

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Friday, May 4: Michael Moreci joins us for a reading from his new novel, Black Star Renegades. 7pm.

Michael Moreci is the creator of numerous original comics series. His most recent original work, Roche Limit, was called the “sci-fi comic you need to read” by Nerdist and io9, and Paste Magazine named it one of the “50 best sci-fi comics” of all time. Moreci lives in Chicago with his wife, two children, and his dog (who looks like Chewbacca on four legs).

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Derek Hann - The Blessings of Life
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Derek Hann - The Blessings of Life

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Saturday, April 28: Montana-based poet and author Derek Hann joins us for a reading from his new poetry chapbook, The Blessings of Life. 1pm.

Derek Hann is an American writer, born in the city of Fairfax, Virginia, just on the outskirts of the nation's capital. He has always had a passion for writing short stories and poems even from a young age. When Derek was seventeen his grandfather died, starting the chapter in his life on living on the road. Packing up most of his belongings, Derek made his way up and down the east coast, working odd jobs and camping out most of the time. Eventually he moved to Havre and enrolled in the welding program at MSU-Northern, where he met his wife. They now live there and have a beautiful daughter. Derek is currently working on a second poetry collection in addition to a short story collection.

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Lana Zellner - Eight Coins' Tattoo Tarot
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Lana Zellner - Eight Coins' Tattoo Tarot

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Friday, April 27: Missoula-based artist Lana Zellner joins us for a discussion and reading based on her new book, Eight Coins' Tattoo Tarot. 7pm.

Lana Zellner is a tattoo artist, painter and designer based in Missoula, Montana.  Pulling from her former work as an architect, Lana’s tattoo art is focused on line-work, bold design elements and detailed ornamentation. She enjoys incorporating her spiritual interests into her artwork. Lana has been reading tarot cards since she was 12 years old.

 

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Blair Hopkins - All in a Day's [Sex] Work
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Blair Hopkins - All in a Day's [Sex] Work

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Thursday, April 26: Washington-based photojournalist Blair Hopkins joins us for a reading from her new book, All in a Day's [Sex] Work. 7pm.

For three years, professional photographer Blair Hopkins traveled the United States photographing and interviewing escorts, exotic dancers, adult film performers, dominatrixes, professional submissives, phone sex operators, and webcam performers.
Her aim: to fill in the holes in our cultural narrative about sex work. Her findings: A menagerie of society’s outliers and cast of characters as uniquely fascinating, ambitious, tragic and cheeky as can be imagined, representing a full spectrum of humanity.

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Hopkins sought to surpass voyeurism to challenge the reader’s accepted paradigm about the cis-and trans men and women of this underground community. Her dogged pursuit of the truth has yielded a truly prolific, comprehensive and riveting collection of conversations about humanity’s oldest shadow industry as it exists in our modern age. All In A Day's [Sex] Work is a photojournalistic investigation into the daily lives of the
intriguing, oft-maligned, and dedicated professionals who occupy our fantasies and indulge our deepest erotic urges.

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Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

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Friday, April 20: Ten Missoula-based writers and students read selections from Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence, as well as original work on the subject of gun violence. 7pm.

Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence is the first poetry anthology in the United States focused on the effects of widespread gun violence. The book pairs contemporary poems with responses by gun violence survivors, family members of victims, law enforcement officers, clergy members, politicians, and a range of other voices.

Featured guests include: Henrietta Goodman, Caroline Patterson, Corrie Williamson, Chelsia Rice, Barry Maxwell, Nathan Yrizarry, Becca Carson, students from Big Sky High School, and the local Moms Demand Action group.

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Alan Weltzien - Poet and Essayist
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

Alan Weltzien - Poet and Essayist

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Saturday, April 14: Longtime University of Montana Western English professor and writer Alan Weltzien joins us for readings from his new personal essay, The Comfort Pathway: Walking and Writing Through Death and Grief, and co-edited collection, Thinking Continental: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time. 1pm.

About Alan: O. Alan Weltzien, longtime English professor at UMW (Dillon), was educated at Whitman College (WA) and the University of Virginia. He has published dozens of essays, two chapbooks, and nine books. He has been a bookworm since age ten and prefers reading several hours a day, if possible.  Weltzien has received two Fulbright Fellowships (Poland, Bulgaria) and one UM International Faculty Exchange Award (Australia). Weltzien grew up hiking and, though a lousy climber, he still scrambles peaks in Montana’s endless local ranges. A native Washingtonian, he returns to Puget Sound (Camano Island) every summer for a month with his wife, Lynn.

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