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Saturday, September 24 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
The Allure of Traveling: With and Without Books

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The 2015 Montana Book Festival marked the maiden voyage for Rita Collins’ traveling bookstore – as of this year's festival, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore will have traveled all over Montana as well as to the Brooklyn Book Festival and along the west coast. This event will discuss travel from three perspectives: that of a bookstore owner (Rita Collins), a walking pilgrimage veteran (Dawn Peterson) and a therapist (Melissa Anderson) who examines the psychological meaning of travel in our lives.

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Jenessa Albertson

Jenessa Albertson is a senior at the University of Montana studying English Literature. After graduation she plans on perusing a Masters of Arts in Teaching so she can spread her passion of literature with others. When not reading, Jenessa can be found hiking, road tripping somewhere new, eating sushi, or crocheting hats for her loved ones.

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Melissa Anderson

Melissa C. Anderson, MFT, Ph.D. Neurobiology is a poet, pie maker, neurobiologist and psychotherapist in practice in Berkeley and San Francisco. For many years she traveled the US in her truck baking pies and trying out different careers. She ultimately received a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Her training included work in community mental health and underserved neighborhoods in San Francisco. During her tenure in the truck, she... Read More →
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Rita Collins

owner, St. Rita's Amazing Traveling Bookstore
Rita Collins is a believer in community and calls the Tobacco Valley in northwest | Montana home. Over six decades, she has lived in nine states and three countries, and | remains a consummate traveler. Her career centered on teaching from primary grades to | graduate school in the US and abroad.  She also works in the nonprofit sector. In | 2015, Dr. Collins opened a traveling bookstore, which carries approximately six hundred | volumes... Read More →
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Dawn Peterson

My adventures in travel began before the age of four. I’d | pack up my Mickey Mouse suitcase, riding in my grandmother’s | white convertible with red leather seats to sleep-over as often | as my parents would let me. | At night she’d read to me from a magical book illustrated | with pictures of Wynkin, Blynkin, and Nod sailing their ship | through the night sky and casting silver nets to harvest stars. | Grandma taught me to... Read More →

Saturday September 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Holiday Inn - Boardroom 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

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