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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, July 5: Jack Clinton joins us from Red Lodge, Montana for a reading from his new novel, Clovis. 7pm.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 20: Deedie Runkel joins us from Oregon for a reading from her new memoir, Scone by Scone: Tales from an Innkeeper's Life. 7pm.
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.
Tuesday, June 12: Laura Tempest Zakroff joins us from Seattle for a reading from her new book, Sigil Witchery. 7pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 9: University of Montana professor and author Erin Saldin joins us for a reading from her new novel, The Dead Enders. 7pm.
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 Fivechapters, Open City, The New York Times, The Best New American Voices, The 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.
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 Daughter. 1pm.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, April 11: Missoula poet and University of Montana professor Henrietta Goodman joins us for a reading from her new book of poetry, All That Held Us. 7pm.
Henrietta Goodman’s most recent book of poetry is All That Held Us, published in 2018 by BkMk Press as winner of the John Ciardi Prize. Against the backdrop of a repressive and eccentric all-female Southern household, this memoir-based collection of linked sonnets explores the myths and truths of family, sexuality, and love that shape adult identity. Goodman’s previous books are Hungry Moon and Take What You Want. Her poems and essays have appeared in New England Review, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, Mid-American Review, and other journals. She grew up in North Carolina, then moved to Missoula, where she has lived for the past 25 years. She teaches at the University of Montana and at Texas Tech University.
Saturday, April 7: University of Montana Professor of Philosophy Christopher Preston joins us for a reading from his new book, The Synthetic Age. 1pm.
The Synthetic Age: Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World provides an overview of some of the most significant of the transformations on offer. It shows how our species is on the way to constructing a synthetic version of nature, all the way from the atom to the atmosphere. While exploring some of the benefits that will be gained by these developments, the book also posts a sober warning about how dangerous it would be to assume all these changes will be good.
Should engineers, entrepreneurs, and the marketplace be allowed to replace the products of natural history with an entirely synthetic age? This book explains what is going on beneath our gaze. It explores the promises….but also reveals the perils.
Born and raised in England, Christopher moved to the United States in the nineteen-nineties. Apart from a 5 year soujourn in South Carolina and a few months in Washington D.C., he has lived mostly in the western states where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and other activities made possible by the roomy landscapes. His interest in the Anthropocene and rewilding reflects both his European and his American sensibilities. Even in an epoch in which human influence is clearly everywhere, he finds significance in both the new, and the traditional, wild.
Thursday April 5: Join us for an evening of crime fiction featuring readings from local authors Gwen Florio, Alec Cizak, and Russell Thayer. 6pm.
Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio turned to fiction in 2013 with the publication of her first novel, Montana, which won the Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Fiction and a High Plains Book Award. Under the Shadows, the fifth novel in her Lola Wicks crime series, is termed "gutsy" by the New York Times. A standalone novel set in Afghanistan, Silent Hearts, is scheduled for release in July.
Alec Cizak is a writer from Indiana. His work will appear in upcoming issues of Switchblade, EconoClash Review, and Horror Bites. Breaking Glass, his first novel, will be published this summer by ABC Group Documentation. He is also the editor of the fiction journal Pulp Modern.
Russell Thayer has been crafting noir in his spare time since earning a B.A. in English at the University of Washington in 1985. He's recently become interested in sharing his stories. A former printer and shiftless househusband, Russell currently works as an in-home care attendant while enjoying a busy life in Missoula with his spouse and dog.
Thursday, March 15: Missoula's own award-winning journalist and author Gwen Florio joins us for a debut reading of Under the Shadows, the latest book in her Lola Wicks mystery series. 7pm.
About Under the Shadows: Lola Wicks is in bad shape. A family tragedy has nearly flattened her in a way that her years reporting from war zones never did. Her friends, alarmed by signs that Lola is in the grip of a destructive addiction, hope that a freelance assignment will get her back on her feet. The threat of having her child removed persuades Lola to head for Salt Lake City on a puff piece about overseas adoptions. But the story takes a dark turn when the teenager at the center of her story lands in jail facing a murder charge. Setting out to prove the youth's innocence takes Lola to her own dark place, and she's not sure if she'll ever be able to find her way back.
About Gwen Florio: Veteran journalist Gwen Florio has covered stories ranging from the shootings at Columbine High School and the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, to the glitz of the Miss America pageant and the more practical Miss Navajo contest whose participants slaughter a sheep. She’s reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming (population three). Her journalism has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize and her short fiction for the Pushcart Prize.
Wednesday, March 14th: Willy Vlautin joins us from Portland, OR for a reading from his new novel, Don't Skip Out On Me. 7pm.
A beautiful, wrenching portrait of a downtrodden man, DON’T SKIP OUT ON ME narrates the struggle to find one’s place in a vast and lonely world with profound tenderness.
Willy Vlautin is the author of The Free, Lean on Pete, Northline, and The Motel Life. He is the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine and a member of the band The Delines. He lives outside Portland, Oregon. For more on Willy Vlautin, visit:
Wednesday, March 7: Larry Aumiller, the subject of Jeff Fair's new book In Wild Trust, joins us to share stories and photographs from his time at the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary in Alaska. Matt Hart, of Vital Ground, will introduce Larry and place his work in the context of grizzly bear conservation in the lower 48 states. 7pm.
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.
Saturday, December 9: James Greene joins us from Florida for a reading from his new book, Brave Punk World. 1pm.
James Greene, Jr. is a freelance writer who has contributed to such succulent publications as Crawdaddy!, New York Press, Orlando Weekly, and Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader. He is also author of This Music Leaves Stains: The Complete Story of the Misfits, which was written before those 2016 reunion shows with Glenn Danzig (so now the story is no longer complete—buyer beware). Greene is currently trapped in the sizzling parking-lot carnival that is Florida, but he is originally from the part of Connecticut where Who’s the Boss? took place (he also can’t believe that show ran for eight seasons).
ABOUT BRAVE PUNK WORLD: THE INTERNATIONAL ROCK UNDERGROUND FROM ALERTA ROJA TO Z-OFF
Punk rock may have started in the United Kingdom and United States, but it certainly didn’t stay in either country. The genre flew around the globe like a contagion, touching off simultaneous movements in nearly every market imaginable. Performing punk rock in many of these places wasn’t just rebellious, it was legitimately dangerous, thanks to regimes both oppressive and brutal. Brave Punk World immerses readers in these foreign scenes, describing the lifestyles and art of passionate, hard-charging groups who remain relative secret to the punk majority but who are just as crucial as the Ramones or the Sex Pistols. Punk diehards and travel enthusiasts with a taste for chaos will enjoy the country-by-country cultural explorations and wild stories offered within these pages.
Saturday, December 2: Beth Judy reads from Bold Women in Montana History, a series of compelling portraits of historic heroines, as part of Missoula's Parade of Lights. 2pm.
From the Blackfeet warrior Running Eagle to the stereotype-smashing librarian Alma Jacobs, the eleven women portrayed in this engaging book were indeed bold– breaking down barriers of sexism, racism, and political opposition to emerge as heroines of their time. Among them we meet Annie Morgan, a Philipsburg homesteader whose mysterious life is only now coming to light; the bronc-riding Greenough sisters, Alice and Marge, who became rodeo stars during the sport's heyday; and Elouise Cobell, champion of Native American rights.
This collection of short but informative biographies is both a valuable resource and entertaining read, proving what women can accomplish when they dare to be bold.
Beth Judy grew up near Chicago and currently lives in Missoula. After receiving a BA from Harvard University, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked in public health, the arts, and later, writing and publication services. In 1992, she moved to Missoula and earned an MFA in creative writing at the University of Montana. From 1994 to 2014, she was a producer at Montana Public Radio, where she was known for her medicinal-plants program, "The Plant Detective." As a freelance writer, Beth has written for "Prairie Home Companion" and Montana Magazine, among other publications. She loves history, travelling, nature, and her home in Montana.
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.