Wednesday, July 20th: Kathleen Snow reads from her popular nonfiction book Taken By Bear in Yellowstone: More Than a Century of Harrowing Encounters Between Grizzlies and Humans, and introduces her new mystery novel, Searching for Bear Eyes: A Yellowstone Park Mystery. We are lucky to have Kathleen sharing with us some Yellowstone artifacts! 7pm.
TAKEN BY BEAR IN YELLOWSTONE: More than a century of harrowing encounters between grizzlies and humans. Humans and grizzly bears have been coming into contact in Yellowstone National Park ever since it was founded in 1872. Most of these encounters have ended peacefully, but many have not. In order to most accurately tell the stories of those involved in the more deadly incidents, Kathleen Snow went directly to the source: the National Park Service archives. With help from personnel at park headquarters, Snow has collected more than 100 years' worth of hair-raising stories that read like crime scene investigations and provide hard-learned lessons in outdoor safety. A must-read for fans of Death in Yellowstone and anyone fascinated by human-animal interactions.
SEARCHING FOR BEAR EYES: A Yellowstone Park Mystery. Did a grizzly bear kill eElody Applegate? Or was it something else stalking the remote edges of Yellowstone Park? This mystery is narrated by the enigmatic X. Wenn, Yellowstone's Chief Criminal Investigator. A gifted tracker of bear and man, it's up to him to piece together the story of what may be a mauling by Wild Eye, one of the park's most fabled grizzlies, or the perfect murder. As X. inches toward a reality that he cannot accept, slivers of his own past come to the surface-- lost love, shadows of an abusive childhood, estrangement from his son. He assembles the evidence with meticulous precision, but can we trust him to face the truth?
Kathleen Snow is a member of the Montana Writers Guild and Outdoor Writers Association of America. Her nonfiction has appeared in Harper's Magazine, Women in Natural Resources, and other periodicals. Her fiction includes the new mystery, Searching for Bear Eyes, out from the University of Montana Press.