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Tuesday, September 20
 

7:00pm

Tell Us Something - Fork in the Road
Storytelling binds us together. It is the oldest form of human connection. Tell Us Something is storytelling by regular people. Flawed. Honest. Vulnerable. True.

8­- 10 storytellers will share their true personal story based on the theme "Fork in the Road." Each storyteller has 10 minutes to share their story from memory. Everyone has a story and everyone’s story matters.

Tickets are $8 before the show, $10 day of the show. Attendees can purchase tickets in person at the Top- Hat Lounge, Rockin' Rudys or online at http://ticketf.ly/2b5IcT9.

Doors open at 6PM, storytelling begins at 7PM

Speakers
avatar for Marc Moss

Marc Moss

Executive Director, Tell Us Something
Tell Us Something Executive director Marc Moss was professionally trained as an English educator, certified in 1995 to teach English 7-12 in the state of Ohio. He went on to teach in the world’s best classroom, Yellowstone National Park, as a seasonal ranger-naturalist from 1999-2001, telling the stories of the geothermals there, the ecology of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the historical Fort Missoula.  He fell in love with... Read More →



Tuesday September 20, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Wilma Theatre 131 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
 
Wednesday, September 21
 

1:00pm

Is self-publishing for you? Tips and techniques to help you decide

*Free Event

Self-publishing is becoming a popular way for authors to get their books online and in print. Whether you are writing a memoir, a children’s book, poems, self-help, or fiction, you might find self-publishing is a good fit. The owners of Self-Publishing Services LLC, a local startup that helps writers of all kinds achieve their publishing goals, will explain the pros and cons of doing it yourself and answer any questions you might have.

In this interactive session, you will learn:

· Why self-published books can be as good as traditionally published books for your career.

· The true cost of self-publishing, and how to avoid high-priced scams.

· What you have to know about yourself to self-publish.

· The steps that are needed to create a high-impact book.

Speakers
avatar for Casey Dawes

Casey Dawes

Casey Dawes has lived a varied life--some by choice, some by circumstance. Her master’s degree in theater didn’t prepare her for anything practical, so she’s been a teacher, stage hand, secretary, database guru, manager in Corporate America, business coach, and writer. She and her husband live in Montana, where she quilts, writes, edits, and formats on the banks of the Clark Fork River.
avatar for Danica Winters

Danica Winters

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to hone her skills at various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her areas of expertise).  She always believes the cup is neither... Read More →
avatar for Clare Wood

Clare Wood

Clare Wood is a longtime journalist who landed in Missoula when her husband decided to get his Ph.D. at the University of Montana. She had no idea until she got here how lucky a choice that was. She spends her time writing, editing, gardening, working out, and exploring Montana.


Wednesday September 21, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:30pm

Fiction with a Heart

Join bestselling author Danica Winters as she discusses the reality of writing, publishing, and marketing mainstream fiction with her agent Lane Heymont.


Speakers
avatar for Lane Heymont

Lane Heymont

As Literary Assistant at the Seymour Agency, Lane led the marketing efforts for their authors and enjoyed connecting clients with readers. As a lover of literature since childhood, and at the prodding of his mentor Nicole Resciniti, he decided to pursue his passion as a literary agent. He went on to found The Tobias Literary Agency. He strives to bring incredible and thought-provoking books to the masses, culminating in reaching the Top... Read More →
avatar for Danica Winters

Danica Winters

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to hone her skills at various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her areas of expertise).  She always believes the cup is neither... Read More →


Wednesday September 21, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

4:00pm

Literary Agent Pitch Session
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT

Come pitch literary agent Lane Heymont of The Tobias Literary Agency who will meet with participants for 5-minute, one-on-one for appointments. He represents a wide range of commercial and literary fiction including romance, fantasy and science fiction. He also represents serious nonfiction and true crime. Lane has sold to all the Big Five NYC publishers, having just inked a deal with James Patterson's Bookshots.

Speakers
avatar for Lane Heymont

Lane Heymont

As Literary Assistant at the Seymour Agency, Lane led the marketing efforts for their authors and enjoyed connecting clients with readers. As a lover of literature since childhood, and at the prodding of his mentor Nicole Resciniti, he decided to pursue his passion as a literary agent. He went on to found The Tobias Literary Agency. He strives to bring incredible and thought-provoking books to the masses, culminating in reaching the Top... Read More →


Wednesday September 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

4:00pm

Ceremony Honoring Debra Magpie Earling
Bitterroot Salish tribal member, author and professor Debra Magpie Earling will be honored at a ceremony recognizing her as the first Native American Director of Creative Writing since the program at the University of Montana began in 1920. Earling has already earned distinction as a writer with a Guggenheim Fellowship; her first novel, PERMA RED, won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. She will be honored with a gift-giving ceremony and drumming. Both Bill Kittredge, a previous director, and Sherwin Bitsui, a visiting professor in poetry, will make presentations. Stay afterwards to celebrate Debra Magpie Earling.

Speakers
avatar for Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui

Sherwin Bitsui is the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press). He Diné is of the Bįį’bítóó’nii’ Tódi’chii’nii clan and is born for the Tlizilłani’ clan. He is from White Cone, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for... Read More →
avatar for Debra Magpie Earling

Debra Magpie Earling

Debra Magpie Earling is the Director of the University of Montana Creative Writing Program. Her novel Perma Red (Putnam, 2002) won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. The Lost Journals of Sacajewea (Koch editions, 2010),  a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch, re-invents the life of... Read More →
avatar for William Kittredge

William Kittredge

William Kittredge taught creative writing at the University of Montana for 30 years and is a Regents Professor Emeritus. He is the author of We Are Not In This Together, Hole in the Sky and most recently, The Next Rodeo: New and Selected Essays. He has received a Stegner Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, the Los Angeles Times Award for Lifetime Achievement and numerous other awards. He was co-editor with Annick Smith of "The Last Best Place... Read More →
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Karin Schalm

Program Coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program
Karin Schalm is the Creative Writing Program Coordinator at the University of Montana where she earned both her M.F.A. in Poetry and M.A. in Literature. Her work has been published in Camas, CutBank, The Sun, Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Frederico García Lorca, and other journals. She has poems forthcoming in Epiphany and Poems Across the Big Sky II.


Wednesday September 21, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Payne Family Native American Center University of Montana, 32 Campus Dr, Missoula, MT 59812

6:00pm

Big Sky Film Institute Screening: OBIT
OBIT.
Vanessa Gould, 2016, USA, 93 minutes 

Join us for a Montana Premiere of OBIT, followed by Q&A with filmmaker Vanessa Gould.

Every morning, a small staff of obituary writers at The New York Times deposits the details of three or four extraordinary lives into the cultural memory – each life’s story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics, and football scores. It’s amazing what goes on in the obits. 

There are only a handful of editorial obituary writers in the world, and none are better than at The Times, where obits have become some of the best writing in journalism. Documentary storytelling in print. First drafts of contemporary history. Mirrors of life’s great variety, humor and pathos. Neatly framed vignettes of worlds that will vanish along with their notable stars.

OBIT is the first documentary to look into the world of editorial obituaries, via the legendary obit desk at The Times. Going beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death on the freshly inked front lines of history, the film invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies?

http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/film-series/films/obit



Wednesday September 21, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Crystal Theatre Silk Road Restaurant, 515 South Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801

6:30pm

Book Release Party: Body of Water, Mind of Music, Bar of Cocktails
Join Missoula author Chris Dombrowski and musician Jeffrey Foucault to celebrate the release of Body of Water, Dombrowski's nonfiction debut. Hosted by Fact & Fiction at the Montgomery Distillery, this event will be filled with great drinks, great music, incredible readings, and probably a few great fishing stories. Join us and be the first in the country to receive the first edition of a work Jim Harrison called "A brilliant book. Destined to be a classic."

About the Book:

Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions—poetry and fly-fishing; two children, one of them in utero; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: can’t go, it’s all paid for, just book a flight to Miami

Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. Bonefish are prized for their elusiveness and their tenacity. And no one was better at hunting them than Pinder, a Bahamian whose accuracy and patience were virtuosic. He knows what the fish think, said one fisherman, before they think it.

By the time Dombrowski meets Pinder, however, he has been abandoned by the industry he helped build. With cataracts from a lifetime of staring at the water and a tiny severance package after forty years of service, he watches as the world of his beloved bonefish is degraded by tourists he himself did so much to attract. But as Pinder’s stories unfold, Dombrowski discovers a profound integrity and wisdom in the guide’s life.

"A lyrical, genre-defying tribute. Drawing on Caribbean history and the evolution of fly-fishing, Dombrowski’s foray into nonfiction proves thematically complex, finely wrought, and profoundly life-affirming."—Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“A brilliant book. Destined to be a classic.” —Jim Harrison

"This is some of the best writing that you'll ever read about fishing. But Body of Water achieves even more—it's a passionate, luminous, completely delightful book."—Ian Frazier

“This gorgeous work wastes not a word on fly-fishing basics. It dives Moby-Dick-deep into a famed sport and livelihood's very essence, and never leaves. In the hands of veteran trout guide and poet Chris Dombrowski, the ‘Abraham’ of Caribbean guides, David Pinder Sr., becomes the perfect embodiment of the near mystery religion that is saltwater-flats fishing. Via the hearts of two men utterly in love with the wounded world in which their calling takes place, Body of Water then pours forth beauties, subtleties, dark history, and insight with an unforced lyrical power I associate with no lesser word than ‘masterpiece.’ Dombrowski's Michigan-to-Montana trajectory updates Jim Harrison, his comedic fishing scenes bear comparison to Thomas McGuane, and his powers of ebullient reflection bring to mind Mary Oliver—yet I’ve read no book anything like Body of Water, and enjoyed no book in memory more.—David James Duncan

About the Author:
Born in Michigan, Chris Dombrowski earned his MFA from the University of Montana. His publications include two collections of poems, most recently Earth Again. His poetry and nonfiction have been widely published in leading journals and magazines. Also a well-established fly-fishing guide, Dombrowski lives in Missoula, Montana.
About the Musician:

Jeffrey Foucault is an American songwriter and record producer whose work marries the influence of American country, blues, rock 'n' roll, and folk music. He has released four full-length solo albums under his own name and two full-band lyrical collaborations with poet Lisa Olstein, under the moniker Cold Satellite.

About the Event
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Doors at 6:30Reading/Singing at 7:30Signing at 8:15

Speakers
avatar for Chris Dombrowski

Chris Dombrowski

Chris Dombrowski's debut book of nonfiction, Body of Water, is forthcoming this fall from Milkweed Editions. His essays have appeared in a diverse range of publications, including Orion, Outside, and The Sun. He is also the author two books of poems, most recently the award-winning Earth Again; poems in Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Poetry, and many others.  Born and raised in Michigan, he lives in Missoula where he works as a fishing... Read More →



Wednesday September 21, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

8:30pm

HALA: A Reading of Her Own Pulitzer Series Event

This event is sponsored by Humanities Montana.

A Reading of Her Own showcases 800 word (or 8-minute long) prose by those who identify as female. For the Montana Book Fest, readers will read prose inspired in some way by Pulitzer-winning poets.

There are no limits on topic, no preference given to those with better stories or better writing, just women and their stories. Readers are planned in advance, but pieces and topics are not screened. Limited space is available. Requests to read will closed when the 12 slots are filled. Confirmation of your inclusion in the event will be sent by email. Sign up will occur promptly at 8:15 pm at the event site.

Want to read? Send us an email and we’ll get you on the list. helenaarealiterareaarts@gmail.com In your message, please express your interest and include your first and last name (and preferred name for introduction if it differs) as well as phone number for contact. Please also tell us which poet you'll be drawing from - associations can be loose, free-form, a line that sparks an idea etc.

Here are the Pulitzer Poetry Winners: http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-category/224

 



Wednesday September 21, 2016 8:30pm - 10:00pm
The Crystal Theatre Silk Road Restaurant, 515 South Higgins Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801
 
Thursday, September 22
 

10:00am

Make it New! The Art of Book and Page Alteration: A Workshop with Nance Van Winckel

PRE-REGSITRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE WORKSHOP. 

Old encyclopedias needn't be put out to pasture, dumpsterized, or shredded. No! They can be repurposed. In this free workshop we'll first look at a few examples of altered books and book pages. Then we'll work on some pages of our own: altering what's there by removing, changing, and replacing text and illustrations. We'll also discuss ways you can develop projects of integrating your own text with such "public domain" materials as old advertisements, photographs, books, and historical documents. All materials will be provided.



Speakers
avatar for Nance Van Winckel

Nance Van Winckel

Nance Van Winckel's newest books are Ever Yrs., a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014), and Pacific Walkers (U. of WashingtonPress, 2013). BOOK OF NO LEDGE, an altered encyclopedia, appears with Pleiades Pressin September 2016. The recipient of two NEA Poetry Fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner, she has new poems in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poetry... Read More →



Thursday September 22, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

10:00am

TextCraft Exhibit

******RESCHEDULED******

TextCraft's exhibit has been rescheduled for late fall - be sure to check our website for the latest on this project.

TextCraft meets on a late-month Sunday for a book, text and word related art building social hour. Come see what we’ve been up to at this exhibit and then join us for the next round in October.


Speakers
avatar for Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell

Festival Director
Rachel Mindell is a poet and teacher from Tucson, Arizona. She received an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Montana. She works for Submittable and the Missoula Writing Collaborative when she isn't planning the book fest. Her chapbook, A Teardrop and a Bullet, was recently releasted by Dancing Girl Press. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Pool, BOAAT, Horse Less... Read More →
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Mara Panich-Crouch

Mara is now a full time Fact and Fiction Bookseller. She received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Purdue University and found her home Missoula in 2002 while pursuing post-graduate studies at The University of Montana. She loves giving (and receiving) book recommendations of all genres. She is an avid painter, thrift-shopper, and adventurer.

Volunteers
avatar for Jordan Chesnut

Jordan Chesnut

Outreach Coordinator


Thursday September 22, 2016 10:00am - Sunday September 25, 2016 5:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

10:30am

Tiny Tales

Join our regular preliteracy "storytime" filled with songs, fingerplays, lapsits, and a story.  Lots of energy, lots of fun! For children birth - 3 years old.


Thursday September 22, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Missoula Public Library - Large Meeting Room 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:00pm

Printing Demonstration
Observe as Aaron Parrett from Territorial Press demonstrates letterpress printing on an 1890 Gordon jobbing press in the MAM classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Parrett

Aaron Parrett

Dr. Aaron Parrett has published fiction in The Massachusetts Review, The Wisconsin Review, Open Spaces, The New Montana Story and other journals. His essays have appeared in Montana: The Magazine of Western History, The Complete Montana Gothic, The Old-Time Herald, and other places. He has recorded four CDs of original songs, and his music has appeared in several films, including the... Read More →



Thursday September 22, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Contemporary Ekphrasis: A Poetry Workshop with Jeff Alessandrelli and Michael Earl Craig
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT

$25 Students, $40 General

In ancient Greek the word ekphrasis literally meant “description” and ekphrastic poetry has commonly been defined as a poetry intent on vividly describing works of art. Pieter Brueghel’s famous painting “Landscape with the Fall of Icarus” has been ekphrastically described by poets as varied as William Carlos Williams, W.H. Auden, Michael Hamburger, Edward Field, Dannie Abse and Joseph Langland, among others. Turning the term on its head, visual artists such as Glenn Ligon and Jenny Holzer largely use language in their art in the same way that poets use images. Their work is more linguistic than visual and both Ligon and Holzer utilize public platforms to display the end product. Focusing on contemporary examples of ekphrastic poetry and ekphrastic art, this workshop will discuss what ekphrasis can mean to our current Internet-based, multi-media society. During the class we will read poems and study works of art, and also write some of our own ekphrastically-based poetry. 



Speakers
avatar for Jeff Alessandrelli

Jeff Alessandrelli

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the full-length collection This Last Time Will Be The First (Burnside Review) and the little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna). Other work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review and four chapbooks. The name of Jeff’s chapbook press is Dikembe Press and the name of his vinyl-record only poetry press is Fonograf... Read More →
avatar for Michael Earl Craig

Michael Earl Craig

Michael Earl Craig is the author of Talkativeness (Wave Books, 2014), Thin Kimono (Wave Books, 2010), Yes, Master (Fence Books, 2006), Can You Relax in My House, (Fence Books, 2002), and the chapbook Jombang Jet (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). He lives in the Shields Valley, near Livingston, Montana, and is the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Montana.


Thursday September 22, 2016 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Missoula Public Library - Large Meeting Room 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Noteworthy Open House
Stop by Noteworthy Paper & Press anytime between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. for a tour of the Noteworthy workshop, a printing demo and a bookfest keepsake. 


Thursday September 22, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Noteworthy Paper & Press 101 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Tracking the Wild Coomba

How did MSU graduate Doug Coombs overcome a severe childhood accident to become one of the greatest outdoor athletes the world has ever known? Join Robert Cocuzzo for a multimedia presentation of Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs, the result of five years of research over the steepest slopes of Montana, Alaska, France, and beyond.


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Robert Cocuzzo

Robert Cocuzzo

Author, Tracking the Wild Coomba
Robert Cocuzzo is the author of "Tracking the Wild Coomba: The Life of Legendary Skier Doug Coombs." He's also the editor of N Magazine and a contributor to Outside, Esquire, Town & Country, Boston Common and Departures. Cocuzzo splits his time between Nantucket, Boston, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He has no pets.



Thursday September 22, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

2:00pm

Leslie Van Stavern Millar: Montana Peepshow Stories
Join Missoula artist Leslie Van Stavern Millar as she presents The First Queen Elizabeth Time Travels to Montana.  This new multi faceted art book was created to complement her exhibition,Montana Peepshow Stories, currently on display at the Missoula Museum of the Arts.  Leslie will present a brief slide show on the process by which she came up with the unique aspects of the book. These include a theatrical peepshow prototype, paper doll of Queen Elizabeth the First, two inventive illustrated essays about the art process and reproductions of the 10 peepshow paintings. Leslie will demonstrate a few of the techniques required to make the book and talk about what inspired the art book and the series upon which it is based, Montana Peepshow Stories. The program will include a personal hands-on introduction to the Peepshow exhibit.  Program participants will receive their own paper doll of Queen Elizabeth 1.  

 


Speakers
avatar for Leslie Van Stavern Millar

Leslie Van Stavern Millar

Leslie Van Stavern Millar has created visual art in western Montana for over 4 decades.  As a child Leslie lived in the Middle East and was inspired by first hand exposure to Persian Miniature Painting.  She subsequently taught herself gouache painting in order to create a contemporary version of this narrative style.  Recently Leslie received grants from the PROP Foundation and the Montana Arts Council to create an art book... Read More →



Thursday September 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Layered Story Selling - Creating Content That Transcends Age and Medium
An in-depth discussion on how to create/acquire content that is layered in its storytelling (e.g. parents AND children can enjoy) as well as in its ability to translate into other mediums such as television, film and consumer products.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Conrad

Jeffrey Conrad

Storyteller, Peeko Press
I write and draw.
avatar for Brandon Henderson

Brandon Henderson

Publisher, Peeko Press



Thursday September 22, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

3:00pm

From Arrest to Arete: Risk Your Life or Risk Losing It
"Is it more foolish to risk your life or risk wasting your life?" Before Brendan Leonard became a celebrated writer, he had only a tenuous grip on sobriety and his list of bad decisions included multiple arrests, wrecked cars, broken bones, fistfights, and ruined relationships. In Montana, he took his first steps into the Rocky Mountains, unwittingly beginning a decade-long journey that would take him all over the West and Europe. Hear from a barstool storyteller who left the bar and found adventure, redemption, and a life that almost never happened.

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Leonard

Brendan Leonard

Brendan Leonard is a writer, author, photographer, speaker, and award-winning filmmaker. Hisexplorations of more than a dozen mountain ranges have earned him bylines in National GeographicAdventure, Outside, Alpinist, and Men's Journal. The stories on his website, Semi-Rad.com, draw more400,000 readers each year. His writing has appeared in more than two dozen magazines and literaryjournals in five countries, and his work... Read More →



Thursday September 22, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

3:30pm

Sunken Book Treasure
Most treasures come with mystery and intrigue, and treasures in the book world are no different. With your guide, Audra Loyal, owner of The Vespiary Book Restoration & Bindery, come learn about one of the most extravagant books ever made, The Great Omar - an ornate copy of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. Encrusted with nearly 1200 jewels and gold inlays, this sumptuous tome and the binders who created it seemed almost cursed! Find out why and where it is now while enjoying libations at the Montgomery Distillery. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Audra Loyal

Audra Loyal

Audra Loyal is the owner of The Vespiary Book Restoration & Bindery. Located in Missoula, Montana and operating since 2007, she offers a wide range of book and paper conservation services. With over 15 years in the field, she holds a MLS from University of Washington, and is a member of the American Institute of Conservation and The Guild of Bookworkers. Audra serves individuals, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and has... Read More →



Thursday September 22, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Building a Literary Organization Without All the Bull$&#*
Chelsia Rice (essayist), Corrie Williamson (poet) and Sarah Kahn (story writer) discuss how to create the kind of literary organization you desire, and what it takes to build one without all of the bull$&#*.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Kahn

Sarah Kahn

Sarah Kahn has an MFA in fiction and an MA in literature from the University of Montana. She is the Program Officer at Humanities Montana and she teaches for the Missoula Writing Collaborative and tutors for Hughes Tutoring and Consulting. She founded Free Verse Writing Project, an organization that teaches literature and creative writing in juvenile detention centers across Montana. 
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Corrie Williamson

Corrie Williamson is the author of Sweet Husk, winner of the 2014 Perugia Press Prize and a finalist for the Library of Virginia Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Daily, and many other journals. Her manuscript-in-progress, The Pleasuring Ground (or maybe The River Where You Forgot My Name.... she can't decide), has something to do with the Corps of Discovery, appropriate use of technology... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

4:00pm

Blood on the Marias: The Baker Massacre

On the morning of January 23, 1870, troops of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry attacked a Piegan Indian village on the Marias River in Montana Territory, killing many women, children, and old men. The village was afflicted with smallpox. Worse, it was the wrong encampment. Paul R. Wylie’s book, Blood on the Marias, explores the complexity of this event – join him for this presentation.


Speakers
avatar for Paul Wylie

Paul Wylie

Paul R. Wylie lives and works in Bozeman, Montana.  He is a retired attorney and now an independent researcher and writer.  He spent six years researching his newbook, Blood on the Marias: The Baker Massacre, in archives and libraries in the United States and Canada, followed by another two years analyzing the facts and writing the book.  He is also the author of The Irish General: Thomas Francis Meagher... Read More →



Thursday September 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Poetic Hybridity

Three poets (whose work amplifies cross genre-possibility) will read and present: Elizabeth Colen, a hybrid-master, having penned, among other things, a poetry/lyric essay hybrid and novel in prose poems; Jeff Alessandrelli, a writer who also runs Fonograf Editions, a vinyl-record only poetry press; and Nance Van Winckel, whose visual poems refuse definition, reimagining, for example, the scrapbook, the encyclopedia and the vintage advertisement.


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jeff Alessandrelli

Jeff Alessandrelli

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the full-length collection This Last Time Will Be The First (Burnside Review) and the little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna). Other work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review and four chapbooks. The name of Jeff’s chapbook press is Dikembe Press and the name of his vinyl-record only poetry press is Fonograf... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth J. Colen

Elizabeth J. Colen

Elizabeth J. Colen has lived in three dozen houses and apartments in seven different states. She earned a BA from Georgia State University, a MA in Fiction from Western Washington University, and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Washington, where she was the recipient of the Nelson Bentley and Frederick Ingham Fellowships. She is the author of poetry collections Money for Sunsets and Waiting Up for the End of the World... Read More →
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Nance Van Winckel

Nance Van Winckel's newest books are Ever Yrs., a novel in the form of a scrapbook (Twisted Road Publications, 2014), and Pacific Walkers (U. of WashingtonPress, 2013). BOOK OF NO LEDGE, an altered encyclopedia, appears with Pleiades Pressin September 2016. The recipient of two NEA Poetry Fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry, and Prairie Schooner, she has new poems in The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Poetry... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Radius Gallery 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

5:00pm

Exhibiting Artist Lecture with Courtney Blazon
Join Courtney Blazon on opening day of her exhibition and hear her talk about the literary and historical points of departure that have informed the imagery for her vivid exhibition, The Year Without a Summer.

Speakers
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Courtney Blazon

Courtney Blazon is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, where she received a BFA in illustration. She is working as an artist and illustrator in Missoula, MT. Her work has been featured at local and regional art galleries and venues, at the Missoula Art Museum, on Juxtapoz.com, as well as the Western edition of New American Paintings and Studio Visit Magazine. She has been in numerous regional group shows and has had solo shows at Pony Club... Read More →



Thursday September 22, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

5:30pm

Words With Wings Reading
Missoula Writing Collaborative's summer writing camp, Words with Wings, and our high school writing workshops present a youth reading. Words with Wings 2016 campers, ages 8-14, will share their honesty, talent, and humor through poems they wrote during camp. Following the poetry reading, high school writers will share the songs and writing they crafted in our summer workshops. We had especially talented writers this year and this reading promises to be impressive and entertaining!

Moderators
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Sarah Kahn

Sarah Kahn has an MFA in fiction and an MA in literature from the University of Montana. She is the Program Officer at Humanities Montana and she teaches for the Missoula Writing Collaborative and tutors for Hughes Tutoring and Consulting. She founded Free Verse Writing Project, an organization that teaches literature and creative writing in juvenile detention centers across Montana. 
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Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson has published Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart, as well as two children's book on the natural world. Her literary fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Epoch, and Seventeen. Her nonfiction has been published in Newsday,Outside, Southwest Review, Sunset, and Via. She was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University and has... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

5:30pm

Helena Showcase: Fiction, Nonfiction & Poetry
A Helena Showcase: A gathering of writers from Helena during which we wish to exhibit the vibrant writing scene that exists here. In Helena, and at Carroll College, there exists an energetic writing community rife with individuals publishing regionally, nationally, and internationally. Many literary events are held throughout the year in local museums, campuses, libraries, parks, breweries and bars--all well attended by fans and readers of literature. Join us for this 90-minute panel, with each member reading 10-12 minutes preceded by a briefer overview of the Helena scene by the moderator, followed by a 10-15 minute Q&A.

Moderators
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Aaron Parrett

Dr. Aaron Parrett has published fiction in The Massachusetts Review, The Wisconsin Review, Open Spaces, The New Montana Story and other journals. His essays have appeared in Montana: The Magazine of Western History, The Complete Montana Gothic, The Old-Time Herald, and other places. He has recorded four CDs of original songs, and his music has appeared in several films, including the... Read More →

Speakers
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Kate Cholewa

K.M. (Kate) Cholewa is a writer of fiction, essays, and political analysis. Her novel, Shaking Out the Dead, was published in June 2014. Cholewa is a graduate of the MFA and MA program in Creative Writing at the University of Montana in Missoula where she taught Composition and Introduction to Fiction. She has also taught Composition at Carroll College. Cholewa has written for Salon.com, AuthorsFirst.com, and The Progressive. She provided... Read More →
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Loren Graham

Loren Graham was raised in and around Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He took the M.A. in English from Baylor University and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. He has taught creative writing at Hollins University and at James Madison University, and he is now Professor of English at Carroll College in Helena. Graham has been a Henry Hoyns Fellow, a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellow, a John Ciardi Fellow in Poetry, a... Read More →
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Ben Nickol

Ben Nickol's stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Redivider, Boulevard, Fugue, CutBank and elsewhere, and he's the author of two books: Where the Wind Can Find It (Queen's Ferry Press, 2015) and Adherence (Outpost19, 2016).  His work has been honored by the Arkansas Arts Council and Best American Sports Writing, among other organizations. He currently teaches at Helena College of the University... Read More →
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Virginia Reeves

Virginia Reeves is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, Work Like Any Other, has been published internationally and translated into several languages. Her short fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore Review and has been short-listed for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award. She has... Read More →
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Kevin Stewart

A native West Virginian, Kevin C. Stewart now lives in Helena and is Associate Professor of English at Carroll College. His book The Way Things Always Happen Here was published in 2007 by WVU Press’s literary imprint, Vandalia, and was a finalist that year for ForeWord Magazine’s book of the year (short-story collections) and the Weatherford Award for the best Southern Appalachian book of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry... Read More →
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Corrie Williamson

Corrie Williamson is the author of Sweet Husk, winner of the 2014 Perugia Press Prize and a finalist for the Library of Virginia Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Daily, and many other journals. Her manuscript-in-progress, The Pleasuring Ground (or maybe The River Where You Forgot My Name.... she can't decide), has something to do with the Corps of Discovery, appropriate use of technology... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

7:00pm

Victory and Courage En Pointe

Two award-winning authors, both well-loved teachers and leaders in Missoula’s writing community, will share work from new story collections: Dana Fitz Gale (Spells for Victory and Courage) and Caroline Patterson (Ballet at the Moose Lodge).


Speakers
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Dana Fitz Gale

Dana Fitz Gale won the Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction for her story collection, Spells for Victory and Courage (Brighthorse Books, 2016) which was also a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award and the Ohio State book prize. She has received numerous other awards for her fiction, which has recently appeared in The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Quarterly West, New Letters, Mid-American Review, Arts &... Read More →
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Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson has published Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart, as well as two children's book on the natural world. Her literary fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Southwest Review, Epoch, and Seventeen. Her nonfiction has been published in Newsday,Outside, Southwest Review, Sunset, and Via. She was a Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford University and has... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

7:00pm

Sexy Beasts Part 2: Erotic Fan-Fiction

The event you’ve been waiting for. Steamy, racy, saucy, raunchy, sassy and crass original erotic fan-fic from the sexiest monsters around. Part 2 of a partnership with Get Lit!, this evening’s focus will be robots, vampires and Frankenstein. Our beasts and bots: Sheri Boggs, Laramie Dean, Kris Dinnison, Acton Douglas, Melissa Huggins, Colin Johnson, Mara Panich-Crouch, Aileen Keown Vaux, and Emily Thomas. Emceed by Rachel Mindell with special surprise guest.

 


Moderators
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Rachel Mindell

Festival Director
Rachel Mindell is a poet and teacher from Tucson, Arizona. She received an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Montana. She works for Submittable and the Missoula Writing Collaborative when she isn't planning the book fest. Her chapbook, A Teardrop and a Bullet, was recently releasted by Dancing Girl Press. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Pool, BOAAT, Horse Less... Read More →

Speakers
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Sheri Boggs

Sheri Boggs is the Youth Collection Development Librarian for the Spokane County Library District. She's worked as a bookseller, librarian, editor and writer. Currently she lives in Spokane with her librarian husband and two rescue dogs.
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Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian while dreaming of becoming a writer. Her work has appeared in One Teen Story, HelloGiggles, YARN, and Germ Magazine among others. Kris’ first novel, You and Me and Him, came out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July, 2015. When she’s not working Kris loves to hike, read, and binge watch TV shows. She lives and writes in Spokane, Washington.
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Acton Douglas

Gender Expansion Project
Acton Seibel is a community activist, past board member of the Western Montana Community Center, and served as content editor of Out Words, western Montana’s LGBTQQI  newspaper. Acton also has thousands of hours under his belt as a dedicated volunteer and out spoken supporter of LGBTQQI rights in his home state of Montana and the world at large.
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Melissa Huggins

Melissa Huggins is the director of Get Lit! Programs, which includes the Get Lit! Festival, Spokane Youth Book Festival, and creative writing programs for K-12 students. She has an MFA from Eastern Washington University and spends her spare moments writing fiction, essays, book reviews, and more. Her essay "Stranger Danger" was recently included in the Railtown Almanac anthology, and her interviews with Joyce Carol Oates, William T. Vollmann... Read More →
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Colin Johnson

Editorial Assistant, Ahsahta Press
Current MFA candidate in poetry at Boise State University, editorial & design assistant for Ahsahta Press, student-editor for Free Poetry, former poetry editor for the Idaho Review. 
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Mara Panich-Crouch

Mara is now a full time Fact and Fiction Bookseller. She received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Purdue University and found her home Missoula in 2002 while pursuing post-graduate studies at The University of Montana. She loves giving (and receiving) book recommendations of all genres. She is an avid painter, thrift-shopper, and adventurer.
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Emily Louise Thomas

Emily Thomas writes, teaches, and does scholarly things. She lives in Tucson.
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Aileen Keown Vaux

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. Currently, she lives in Spokane, WA where she writes and teaches English Composition and Literature at Spokane Falls Community College.


Thursday September 22, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Radius Gallery 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00pm

Pie & Whiskey
A Shakespeare & Co. Presentation with support from Montgomery Distillery.

There will be pie! There will be whiskey! There will be readings about pie and whiskey!

The world famous Pie & Whiskey Reading features homemade pie, a glass of whiskey, and a baker's dozen of short readings about pie and/or whiskey.  Round two for Missoula will include local Sudden Wisdom Rye, thanks to Montgomery Distillery.

Presented at the Union Club by Shakespeare & Co. Booksellers, and hosted by Kate Lebo and Sam Ligon. 

Doors at 8:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are now availbale for pre-sale. Get yours in person at Shakespeare & Co. A limited quantity are available online for out-of-town think-aheads. 

Speakers
avatar for Margot Kahn Case

Margot Kahn Case

Margot Kahn is the author of Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith, winner of the High Plains Book Award and a New West Best Book of 2008. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Hertog Fellow, and has been awarded grants and residencies from the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, the Ohioana Library Association, Bread Loaf and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Margot’s essays... Read More →
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Elizabeth J. Colen

Elizabeth J. Colen has lived in three dozen houses and apartments in seven different states. She earned a BA from Georgia State University, a MA in Fiction from Western Washington University, and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Washington, where she was the recipient of the Nelson Bentley and Frederick Ingham Fellowships. She is the author of poetry collections Money for Sunsets and Waiting Up for the End of the World... Read More →
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Sherrie Flick

Sherrie Flick is author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness (Bison Books), the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume Press), and the short story collection Whiskey, Etc. (Queen's Ferry Press, 2016). Her fiction appears in many anthologies and journals, including Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, Ploughshares, and SmokeLong Quarterly. She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches in Chatham... Read More →
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Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of four books: Unfinished, The Evolutionary Revolution, Changing (recipient of a PEN Beyond Margins Award), and Parabola (winner of the 2006 Chiasmus Press “Un-Doing the Novel” Contest). With Blake Butler, she edited the anthology 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Young Writers. Hoang serves as co-director of Puerto del Sol, Editor at Tarpaulin Sky... Read More →
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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in Best American Essays, Best New Poets, New England Review, Willow Springs, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, and Gastronomica, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. In 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey, an anthology co-edited with Sam... Read More →
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Samuel Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe inHeaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by StephenKnezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He edits the journal Willow Springs, teaches at EasternWashington University in Spokane, and is the artistic director of the Port TownsendWriters’ Conference.  | |
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Robert Michael Pyle

Robert Michael Pyle writes essay, poetry, and fiction from an old Swedish farmstead along a tributary of the Lower Columbia River in southwestern Washington. His twenty books include Wintergreen and The Tangled Bank. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has received the John Burroughs Medal and several other writing awards. Pyle’s poems have appeared in magazines including the North American Review, and in a chapbook, Letting... Read More →
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Virginia Reeves

Virginia Reeves is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, Work Like Any Other, has been published internationally and translated into several languages. Her short fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore Review and has been short-listed for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award. She has... Read More →
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Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. Liesl Schillinger called the novel "breathtaking and brash," and wrote: "Vestal sends his characters soaring across the gulf that separates the identity that confines them and the identity they would choose, letting them land roughly but firmly on the other side, broken but free." His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New... Read More →
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Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the author of eight books. He's been a #1 New York Times bestseller, finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and the PEN/​USA Literary prize in both fiction and nonfiction, and won the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His work has been published in 30 languages and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Harpers, McSweeney's, Esquire and more.
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Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro—and two previous books of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His most recent full-length collection, When We Were Birds, was... Read More →


Thursday September 22, 2016 9:00pm - 10:30pm
The Union Club 208 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802
 
Friday, September 23
 

9:00am

Outside In: Fresh Eyes on the American West
Sometimes the best way to get an insider's perspective is to ask an outsider. In this panel, non-native Westerners will discuss the ins and outs of capturing the cowboy life--from historical rodeo days to contemporary working ranch life. How do differing politics play a part in our work? What challenges do we face with authenticity? And how does the work benefit from a certain level of not understanding?

Speakers
avatar for Margot Kahn Case

Margot Kahn Case

Margot Kahn is the author of Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith, winner of the High Plains Book Award and a New West Best Book of 2008. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Hertog Fellow, and has been awarded grants and residencies from the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, the Ohioana Library Association, Bread Loaf and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Margot’s essays... Read More →
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John Clayton

Author
John Clayton’s books include The Cowboy Girl and Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier. A Red Lodge-based freelancer for more than 20 years, his new book Wonderlandscape: A Cultural History of Yellowstone National Park, will be published by Pegasus in summer 2017.
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Lowell Jaeger

Lowell Jaeger serves as Humanities Division Chair at Flathead Valley Community College | (Kalispell, Montana) where he has taught writing courses for over 30 years. As founding editor of Many Voices Press, Jaeger compiled Poems Across the Big Sky, an anthology of Montana poets, and New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 Western states. He is the author of seven collections of poems, recipient of fellowships... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

9:00am

Trails and Mountain Goats: A Stoneydale Press Presentation

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Two adventurer authors, Michael Hoyt (Bitterroot Mountain Trails – Vol. 2) and Mario Locatelli (Friends In High Places) share their insight on exploring, understanding and writing the great outdoors.


Moderators
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Claire Voris

Claire Voris and her dog, Phoebe, originally hail from Illinois, but have migrated West in order to pursue an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Montana.  Claire served as lead writer and editor for a documentary on U.S. pork production that, unless you are an RFD-tv diehard, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, is unlikely to appear on your Netflix que.  Neither Claire nor Phoebe are Mandarin speakers, but what they lack in... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Hoyt

A new all-color hiking guidebook, the second in a series, to trails on the middle portion of the Bitterroot Mountains written and photographed by life-long outdoorsman Michael Hoyt of Corvallis was announced this week. | | Titled Bitterroot Mountain Trails – Vol. 2, the long sought-after guide includes some of the most popular trails in the Bitterroot Mountains on the valley’s western mid-section that leads into the Selway-Bitterroot... Read More →
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Mario Locatelli

Mario Locatelli of Hamilton, Montana, has achieved international recognition for his mountaineering and endurance feats in the high country of Montana and elsewhere – having climbed 50 of the world’s highest mountains – and over the years has been acclaimed endearingly by his friends and associates as the “Montana Mountain Goat.” He is the author of three books, an autobiography titled “The Mountain Goat... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00am

Writers in Residence: Teaching Artists
Final event description forthcoming.

Speakers
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Emily Freeman

Emily H. Freeman earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and has taught writing at various schools and nonprofits in MN, NY, and MT. She has received grants and fellowships from the MN State Arts Board, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, and the MN Jewish Arts Council. Emily's fiction and nonfiction writing has appeared in the Best New American Voices... Read More →
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Dana Fitz Gale

Dana Fitz Gale won the Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction for her story collection, Spells for Victory and Courage (Brighthorse Books, 2016) which was also a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award and the Ohio State book prize. She has received numerous other awards for her fiction, which has recently appeared in The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Quarterly West, New Letters, Mid-American Review, Arts &... Read More →
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Derek Heckman

Derek Heckman was born in Peoria, Illinois, and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Iowa. He also completed Iowa’s Undergraduate Certificate in Writing program and participated in its Irish Writing Program at University College Dublin. He was twice awarded the Scott A. Anderson Memorial Award for creative writing, as well as the Miriam Gilbert Award for Shakespeare scholarship. In 2013, he became a... Read More →
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Sarah Kahn

Sarah Kahn has an MFA in fiction and an MA in literature from the University of Montana. She is the Program Officer at Humanities Montana and she teaches for the Missoula Writing Collaborative and tutors for Hughes Tutoring and Consulting. She founded Free Verse Writing Project, an organization that teaches literature and creative writing in juvenile detention centers across Montana. 



Friday September 23, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Zootown Brew 121 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00am

Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems after Federico Garcia Lorca
In 2016, Missoula's Open Country Press published Verde Que Te Quiero Verde, an anthology of poems inspired by the work of poet Federico Garcia Lorca. This event will feature brief readings from five poets included in the anthology: Henrietta Goodman, Adrian Kien, Rachel Mindell, Karin Schalm, and Ellen Welcker. In a discussion following the readings, the poets will explore how and why Lorca’s poems influenced them and how the poem featured in the anthology is similar to or different from their other work in theme, subject, and style.

Moderators
Speakers
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Henrietta Goodman

Henrietta Goodman is the author of two books of poetry: Hungry Moon (Mountain West Poetry Series, 2013) and Take What You Want (Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books, 2007). Her poems have been published in Southern Humanities Review, 32 Poems, New England Review, Field, Gulf Coast, and other journals. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Montana Arts Council, and the Marjorie Davis Boyden... Read More →
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Adrian Kien

Adrian Kien grew up in Elko, NV and Missoula, MT. He received his MFA from Boise State University. He is the author of The Caress is a Letter of Instruction and several chapbooks and collaborations with his wife, the painter, Kelly Packer. Most recently his poems have appeared in Hick Poetics, An Anthology of Contemporary American Rural Poetry. He has taught in the Writers in the Schools Program and at Boise State University. He currently... Read More →
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Rachel Mindell

Festival Director
Rachel Mindell is a poet and teacher from Tucson, Arizona. She received an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Poetry at the University of Montana. She works for Submittable and the Missoula Writing Collaborative when she isn't planning the book fest. Her chapbook, A Teardrop and a Bullet, was recently releasted by Dancing Girl Press. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Pool, BOAAT, Horse Less... Read More →
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Karin Schalm

Program Coordinator, UM Creative Writing Program
Karin Schalm is the Creative Writing Program Coordinator at the University of Montana where she earned both her M.F.A. in Poetry and M.A. in Literature. Her work has been published in Camas, CutBank, The Sun, Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Frederico García Lorca, and other journals. She has poems forthcoming in Epiphany and Poems Across the Big Sky II.
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Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker is a poet and co-facilitator of Scablands Lit, an organization that supports writers in the Inland Northwest. Recent poems are in Dusie, Willow Springs, Pinwheel, and Fact-Simile. Her book, The Botanical Garden (Astrophil Press) won the 2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Ram Hands, is forthcoming from Scablands Books in 2017.



Friday September 23, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Radius Gallery 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00am

The Book’s Journey: Editing from Both Sides of the Desk

Part 1 - Organizing the Storm: We will explore how to put together a book-length collection, develop lyric and narrative poetic sequences, conceptualize book-length poems, and how to go about getting a poetry collection published. Researching appropriate presses, following submission guidelines, dealing with rejection, and what to do (at last!) after the acceptance of your manuscript. This session will be illustrated with anecdotes and examples: trials and triumphs!

Part 2 - The Two-Way: We are a writer who submits her work to editors, and also consults as a Senior Editor to Lost Horse Press about book queries and submissions; and the Founding Editor who decides about book manuscripts submitted to Lost Horse, and also designs, produces and publishes those books. We will discuss practicalities and etiquette of working with acquisitions and managing editors (especially at independent presses); preparing your manuscript for copyediting, proofreading, and promotion--blurbs and reviews, interviews, and readings.

Part 3 - Transformations on the Publisher’s Desk: What happens to a manuscript—whether it’s an anthology or another genre—when it arrives on the publisher’s desk? The book production process officially starts when the acquisitions editor submits a final, edited manuscript to a copyeditor. At that point, the manuscript is considered to be “in production” and the page layout and design process begins. In this hour, we will discuss the various revisions and transformations a manuscript undergoes—including the special challenges that anthologies present—on its journey to become a “real” book. Note that the cover design process happens in another department, in a parallel timeframe.

Moderators
Speakers
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Christine Holbert

Publisher, LOST HORSE PRESS
Based in Sandpoint, Idaho, Lost Horse Press is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, independent press that publishes the works of established as well as emerging poets, and makes available fine contemporary literature through cultural, educational and publishing programs and activities. Christine Holbert, founder and publisher of Lost Horse Press, earned her publishing degree from Eastern Washington University in 1998. At that time, she realized that few... Read More →
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Carolyne Wright

Faculty in Poetry, Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
Carolyne Wright’s new book is the ground-breaking anthology in Lost Horse Press’s Human Rights Series, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (2015). Her other nine books and chapbooks of poetry include Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire (Eastern Washington UP / Lynx House Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and American Book Award; A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press); and Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (Turning... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center 519 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801

9:00am

Women Who Pitch: A Workshop with Stephanie Land and Leigh Stein

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT.

$25 Students, $40 General

On average, women's voices are represented in opinion pieces at the staggeringly low rate of 20%. Learn how to get your voice out there and heard! Stephanie Land has been a full-time freelance writer for nearly two years; most of her published articles (in outlets like The New York Times) started with one thing: the perfect pitch. Stephanie will be joined by Leigh Stein, executive director of the nonprofit organization Out of the Binders, which aims to advance the careers of women writers. Learn from them how to draft a pitch, find editors, get paid, transition from personal essays to reported pieces, and most of all, how to craft an email that gets read, from the subject line to the signature. Come prepared to workshop a specific pitch and learn how to break into publications. 

Stephanie Land is a writer whose work has been featured in Vox, DAME, Mamalode, The Huffington Post, Literary Mama, Scary Mommy, and she is forthcoming through the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She lives in Missoula, Montana, with her two young daughters and their shelter dog and works somewhat constantly as a freelance writer.

Leigh Stein has written personal essays, op-eds, and reported pieces for the New York Times, the Washington PostAllurePoets & WritersBuzzFeed, Salon, and Slate. She is the author of a novel (The Fallback Plan) and Land of Enchantment, a memoir about young love, obsession, abuse, and loss, recently released by Plume. 



Speakers
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Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through the Center for Community Change, and through the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her memoir, MAID: A Single Mother's Journey from Cleaning House to Finding Home, is forthcoming through Hachette Books.
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Leigh Stein

Working at the intersection of literature and activism, Leigh Stein is the author of three books, and the co-founder and Executive Director of Out of the Binders, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender non-conforming writers. Her début novel The Fallback Plan made the "highbrow brilliant" quadrant of New York Magazine's Approval Matrix, and her poetry... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 9:00am - 11:30am
UM Liberal Arts Building - Room 337 University of Montana, Liberal Arts, Campus Dr, Missoula, MT 59812

9:00am

Authors School Visits

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS   The following authors will be presenting at various Missoula elementary schools Friday morning and afternoon.

Toni Marie LaGree:  This children’s book author and illustrator  will lead a hands-on voyage of discovering the power of visual images for learning and memory recall. After a look at Toni’s most recent book and its creative process, she will guide children to make their own memorable image.

Simon Arizpe:  Students will learn the basic techniques of pop-up book making while playing with paper in this fun, hands-on workshop.

Annette Bay PimentalHistory Detectives (ages 8-12)  In this interactive workshop, children will examine old photographs of the American West for clues to the past. We'll explore how old photos and other historical artifacts can help solve mysteries and enliven writing. 
Mountain Chef Storytime (ages 4-7)  Through historic photos, acting out, and book illustrations, children will compare their own experiences camping to camping in 1915. They will meet Tie Sing, a remarkable and resilient Chinese American trail cook. This interactive storytime will end with a simple fortune cookie art project.

MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOLS   The following authors will be presenting in classes at various Missoula middle and high schools Friday morning and afternoon.

Kent Davis:  The author of the critically acclaimed A Riddle in Ruby series will lead a high-energy, interactive presentation roaming from the creative process to his new book to seedlings for sparking your own imagination

Janet Fox: From Castles to Kraken: World-building in Fantasy.  History and fantasy collide in Janet's most recent middle grade novel, THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE. But how do authors build complex worlds in their novels, especially in fantasy? Janet will deliver a talk about building those worlds and about creative visioning that will inspire your students to read and write.

Jake Halpern:  How Fact Inspires Fiction: New Yorker magazine contributor Jake Halpern tells how his adventures—from sailing the Amazon to hiking in the Himalayas—inspire his fantasy novels, where monsters lurk in the dark and the dead come back to life.                                

Maile Meloy:  Maile will talk about writing, illustration, and her award-winning Apothecary book series, set during the Cold War, in which kids navigate international intrigue with the help of an apothecary's magic. 

Melissa Clark:  In this graphic novel memoir workshop, participants will be able to mine their own lives for inspiration and find a unique way of telling their own stories. Watch your story come to life, panel by panel, frame by frame in this dynamic and creative workshop. 

Melissa will discuss her creative process and reveals tips and tricks for catching your own stories.             

Guy Pace: Guy L. Pace will read briefly from his first novel, Sudden Mission, and talk about how it came about, why he used the characters and places in the novel. He will also challenge the students with a small exercise for building characters to help get the creative juices flowing.


Speakers
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Simon Arizpe

Simon Arizpe is an award winning paper engineer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His pop-up book work has received the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence and honorable mention from the Museum of Comic Book Art and Cartooning. The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Library and the School of Visual Arts Library have acquired his work for their permanent collections. | In addition to his design work Simon has been a guest... Read More →
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Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark is an author, television writer and college instructor. She is the author of the novels, Bear Witness, Swimming Upstream, Slowly, and Imperfect. Her essay, Rachael Ray Saved My Life, is included in the anthology The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage. She is also the creator of the animated television series, Braceface, starring the voice of Alicia Silverstone which aired on the ABC Family Channel. She has written scripts for... Read More →
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Kent Davis

Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is an author, game designer, improviser, and actor. His colonial pirate fantasy for kids aged 10 to 100, A Riddle in Ruby (Greenwillow/HarperCollins), is on sale everywhere you can buy books. Book 2 of the Ruby trilogy, The Changer's Key, will be available at the Festival and then everywhere else 9/27. Kent and his game design partner, Chris Organ, are the two nerds behind the... Read More →
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Janet Fox

Author
Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Her published works include the non-fiction middle grade book Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit, 2006), and three YA historical romances: Faithful (Speak/Penguin Group, 2010), Forgiven (Penguin, 2011), and Sirens (Penguin, 2012). Janet's debut middle grade novel The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle (Viking, 2016) has received starred reviews from... Read More →
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Jake Halpern

Jake Halpern is an author, journalist, and radio producer.  His first book, Braving Home (2003), was a main selection for the Book of the Month Club by Bill Bryson and was one of Library Journal's “Best Books of the Year.” His next book, Fame Junkies (2007), was the basis for an original series on NPR's All Things Considered and portions of  the book were published in both The New Yorker and in Entertainment Weekly... Read More →
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Toni Marie LaGree

Author and illustrator, Toni Marie LaGree, draws on a diverse background of experiences from working in film and theatre, art and education, to being a solo-prenuerand mother of two. She graduated from high school in Hudson, WI focusing greatly on classic literature and art. Later she attended Montana State University, in Bozeman, where she excelled at designing her own degree that combined art, education, filmmaking and writing. With... Read More →
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Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints andA Family Daughter and the story collections Half in Love andBoth Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by the New York Times Book Review and one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and Amazon.com. She has also written a trilogy for young readers, beginning... Read More →
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Guy L. Pace

Guy L. Pace, born in Great Falls, MT, grew up throughout the Northwest. He served in the US Navy, and on the USS Newport News (CA-148), including combat operations in Vietnam in 1972. He was a Navy journalist, and after worked primarily in community newspapers as a reporter, photographer, editor, and finally a managing editor. He changed careers, getting into computer support, training, networking and systems, and information security. He retired... Read More →
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Annette Bay Pimentel

Annette Bay Pimentel writes true stories about real people for young readers. Her picturebook Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook up the National Park Service was published by Charlesbridge in August 2016. After living in five countries and ten states, she recently moved for good to Moscow, Idaho with her husband and her two youngest children and gave away all hermoving boxes.


Friday September 23, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm
TBA

10:30am

Storytime & Craft: Donna Love
Donna will present a storytime using some of her many books on wildlife and her newest, Bandit in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. A brief art/craft project will follow. Suggested ages 3-8.

Speakers
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Donna Love

Award winning children’s author, Donna Love loves to write. So far she has written tenbooks for children, including The Glaciers Are Melting!, Montana’s 2012 Book of the Year. Her | motto, “The more you know about something, the better care you can give it” keeps her | researching. With a background in art education, Donna substitute taught at the elementary andhigh school level for many years. She regularly... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Missoula Public Library - Dragon Rug Area 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

10:30am

Tiny Tales
Join our regular preliteracy "storytime" filled with songs, fingerplays, lapsits, and a story.  Lots of energy, lots of fun! For children birth - 3 years old.

Friday September 23, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Missoula Public Library - Large Meeting Room 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:00am

Montana Mystery, Suspense and Thrill

These readings are likely to include murder, war, bison, biology, crime, cave pictographs, sheriffs, reporters, a high-altitude sex club, a home for troubled teens, guns, arrows, PTSD, high-speed truck chases and more, all set in Montana. Don’t miss it: Christine Carbo (Mortal Fall), Gwen Florio (Disgraced) and Keith McCafferty (Buffalo Jump Blues, Crazy Mountain Kiss).


Moderators
Speakers
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Christine Carbo

Christine Carbo is the author of Mortal Fall and The Wild Inside. After earning a pilot’s license, pursuing various adventures in Norway, and working a brief stint as a flight attendant, she got an MA in English and linguistics and taught college-level writing, linguistics, and literature courses. She still teaches, in a vastly different realm, as the owner of a Pilates studio. A Florida native, she and her family live... Read More →
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Gwen Florio

Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio has covered stories ranging from the shooting at Columbine High School and the Oklahoma City bombing trials, to the glitz of the Miss America pageant and the more practical Miss Navajo contest, whose participants slaughter and cook 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... Read More →
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Keith McCafferty

Keith McCafferty is the survival and outdoor skills editor of Field & Stream andthe author of The Royal Wulff Murders, The Gray Ghost Murders, Dead Man’sFancy, Crazy Mountain Kiss, which won the Western Writers of America 2016Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Novel, and Buffalo Jump Blues.Winner of the Traver Award for angling literature and recommended by Oprah'sBook Club for two of his mysteries, his... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Zootown Brew 121 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:00am

The Convergence of the Real and Unreal
On a post-plague planet, it’s City vs. New Charity; Musician Karl Bender’s time-traveling wormhole is a groupie’s dream come true. Two authors use the matter of our known world to imagine the fantastic: Camille Griep (New Charity Blues) and Mo Daviau (Every Anxious Wave).

Moderators
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Jordan Chesnut

Outreach Coordinator

Speakers
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Mo Daviau

Mo Daviau is the author of the novel Every Anxious Wave, which was published in February 2016 by St. Martin's Press. Her nonfiction has been published in Nailed, The Toast, and The Offing Magazines. She is a graduate of Smith College and the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan where Every Anxious Wave won a Hopwood Award. A longtime resident of Austin, Texas, Mo now lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Camille Griep

Camille Griep is the author of the novels Letters to Zell and New Charity Blues. She is the managing editor of Easy Street and a senior editor at The Lascaux Review. Her shorter works have appeared at Cartridge Lit, Synaesthesia, and The First Line, among other online and print venues. A native Montanan, she lives and writes near Seattle where she shares a home with her partner, Adam, and their spoiled bulldogge, Dutch.


Friday September 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
E3 Convergence Gallery 229 W. Main St. Missoula, MT, 59802

11:00am

Beyond Brokeback: Writing Rural Queer Identities

It’s hard to be gay in the country, it’s hard to be country in the city. Join local and visiting authors for a discussion on writing rural queer identities and creating visibility through narrative for the diversity of LGBTQIIA who live, have lived, or wish to live in the country. Panelists: Cody Rose, Rachel Harper, Julia Milan, and Aileen Keown Vaux.


Speakers
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Rachel Harper

Rachel M. Harper is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, Brass Ankle Blues, was a Borders Original Voices Award finalist and selected as a Target Breakout Book. Her newest novel, This Side of Providence, will be published in April 2016; it was recently adapted into an original television pilot, City of Providence. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies including Black... Read More →
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Julia Milan

Julia Milan grew up in Montana's Bitterroot Valley with her parents, one sister, and an assortment of barnyard animals. Despite bouncing like a maniac around the lower-48 for most of her adult life, she firmly self identifies as a Kid of the West and lives with her dog, Annie Oakley, in Montana or maybe Washington. She studied nonfiction creative writing and wildlife biology at the University of Montana and has been published in TransWorld... Read More →
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Cody Rose

Cody-Rose Clevidence's 1st book, Beast Feast, was published by Ahsahta Press in 2014.  Cody-Rose lives in the Arkansas Ozarks with their dog, Pearl.
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Aileen Keown Vaux

Aileen Keown Vaux earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University. Currently, she lives in Spokane, WA where she writes and teaches English Composition and Literature at Spokane Falls Community College.
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Emily Withnall

Emily Withnall is a writer, teacher, and queer solo parent of two daughters. Originally from the high mountain desert of New Mexico, she survives the winter and cold of Montana by writing dark essays and odes to the sun. She currently teaches two classes at the University of Montana, teaches poetry to 4th graders with the Missoula Writing Collaborative, tutors in the writing center, and serves as the Community Relations Coordinator for the... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

11:00am

Brains Over Brawn: Small Talk About Big Games

Brains Over Brawn: Small Talk About Big Games, is a monthly radio show on KBGA Missoula focused on a sports-related book, film, or piece of long-form journalism. Brains over Brawn addresses literary sports artifacts, and each episode features the work of a particular writer, filmmaker, or journalist.

Our panel would be moderated by hosts Robert Stubblefield and David Jensen and feature selected recent guests and/or writers who write about sports employing a literary approach. Each participant would briefly address their interest in sports and particularly sports literature. Discussion would involve favorite books, writers, subjects, and electronic media including radio, television, and podcasts. The panel would wrap up with an approximately fifteen-minute question and answer period.

Speakers
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Margot Kahn Case

Margot Kahn is the author of Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith, winner of the High Plains Book Award and a New West Best Book of 2008. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Hertog Fellow, and has been awarded grants and residencies from the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, the Ohioana Library Association, Bread Loaf and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Margot’s essays... Read More →
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Chad Dundas

A fourth-generation Montanan, Chad Dundas earned his MFA from the University of Montana-Missoula in 2006. His short fiction has appeared in the Beloit Fiction Journal, Sycamore Review, Sou’Wester, and Thuglit. Since 2001, he’s worked as a sportswriter for national outlets including ESPN, NBC Sports, Sporting News, Bleacher Report, and the Associated Press, as well as local and regional newspapers. He lives with his... Read More →
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Ben Fowlkes

Ben Fowlkes is a sports writer for USA Today and its dedicated mixed martial arts site, MMAJunkie.com. He has covered professional fighting since 2006 for outlets such as Sports Illustrated, AOL Sports, CBS Sports, and others. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana, and a BA in English from San Diego State University. His fiction has appeared in Crazyhorse, Glimmer Train, Crab Creek Review, and Best American Short... Read More →
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Robert Stubblefield

Robert Stubblefield has published fiction and personal essays in Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Short Fiction of the American West, Best Stories of the American West, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Left Bank, The Clackamas Literary Review, Cascadia Times, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Salmon: Essays on the State of the Fish at the Turn of the Millennium, Open Spaces, basalt, Talking River Review, High Desert Journal, and... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Radius Gallery 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:00am

Poetry of Place, Class and Legacy
Three poets of dignity and grace unflinchingly explore the complex layers of our world: Philip Schaefer (Radio Silence), Loren Graham (Places I Was Dreaming), and Corrie Williamson (Sweet Husk).

Moderators
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Elliott Niblock

Elliott Niblock is a poet from Wisconsin, living in Montana. His poems have appeared in The Boiler, Marathon Literary Review, pacificREVIEW, Temenos, Vestiges, and elsewhere. A graduate of Macalester College, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Montana, he works in Missoula as a freelance writer.

Speakers
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Loren Graham

Loren Graham was raised in and around Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He took the M.A. in English from Baylor University and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia. He has taught creative writing at Hollins University and at James Madison University, and he is now Professor of English at Carroll College in Helena. Graham has been a Henry Hoyns Fellow, a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellow, a John Ciardi Fellow in Poetry, a... Read More →
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Philip Schaefer

Montgomery Distillery
Philip Schaefer is the author of three chapbooks. [Hideous] Miraculous is forthcoming from BOAAT Press, while Radio Silence, forthcoming in 2016 from Black Lawrence Press, and Smokes Tones, which is available from Phantom Limb, were co-written with poet Jeff Whitney. Individual work is out or due out inVinyl, The Cincinnati Review, Prelude, Forklift Ohio, DIAGRAM, Sonora Review, H_NGM_N... Read More →
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Corrie Williamson

Corrie Williamson is the author of Sweet Husk, winner of the 2014 Perugia Press Prize and a finalist for the Library of Virginia Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Missouri Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Daily, and many other journals. Her manuscript-in-progress, The Pleasuring Ground (or maybe The River Where You Forgot My Name.... she can't decide), has something to do with the Corps of Discovery, appropriate use of technology... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Dana Gallery - Collector's West 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

11:00am

Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Yellowstone
Five editors and writers of the forthcoming book of the same title will discuss the dynamics of compiling an anthology centered around an environmental and social issue, specifically mining and other non-sustainable development efforts in Paradise Valley and the Absaroka Range, just north of Yellowstone National Park. Topics will include: the strategy of responding to an evolving and complex issue as both editors and writers; the writer's place in working for positive social and ecological progress; and the personal, social, artistic, economic and environmental value of Montana's wild spaces. 

The book, Unearthing Paradise, is an effort to raise awareness and activism regarding the need to protect wild lands of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem from extractive and destructive threats. Profits will be used to assist environmental organizations in their efforts to protect these lands. The project grew out of local efforts in Park County to stop two gold mining proposals at the northern gateway to Yellowstone, and includes poetry, essay and fiction by 30 Montana writers including Rick Bass, Tami Haaland and the late Jim Harrison. The book's editors are Marc Beaudin, Seabring Davis and Max Hjortsberg. Terry Tempest Williams provides the foreword.

A free preview sampler chapbook will be available at the discussion, as well as information for pre-ordering the book, to be released later this fall. 

Speakers
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Marc Beaudin

Marc Beaudin is the author of Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals, The Moon Cracks Open: A Field Guide to the Birds and Other Poems and the play Frankenstein, Inc. He was the editor of the anti-war anthology Jidad bil Qalam: To Strive by Means of the Pen. His work has been seen in numerous journals and is included in the Bangtail Press anthology of Montana writers, An Elk River Books Reader... Read More →
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Seabring Davis

Award-winning journalist Seabring Davis (editor/contributor) is the former editor-in-chief of Big Sky Journal and editor emeritus of Western Art & Architecture. Her work has been published in Mountain Living, True West Magazine, Via, Postcards, Montana Quarterly. She is a blogger for www.TheLastBestPlates.com and the author of five lifestyle books, including, the High Plains Book Award Culinary winner, A Taste of Montana, as well as A Montana... Read More →
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Amanda Fortini

Amanda Fortini has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, the New Republic, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Wired, Slate and Salon, among other publications. She is currently a contributing editor at Elle Magazine, and has been the William Kittredge Visiting Professor at the University of Montana. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including Best American Political Writing and Best of Slate... Read More →
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Max Hjortsberg

Max Hjortsberg is a poet and grassroots conservationist residing in Livingston, MT with his family. He has called Montana home for most of his life, living and working with his feet in the water and his head in the clouds. He is the author of the chapbook, Bonnie & Clyde (An American Daydream). His poems have appeared in the collections Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics, and An Elk River Books Reader, as well as in Talking... Read More →
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Shann Ray

Shann Ray grew up in Montana, spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeast Montana and has served as a visiting scholar in Europe, Asia, and South America. His books include the poetry collection Balefire, the novel American Copper, and the story collection American Masculine.  He is also the author of a work of political theory called Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity. His poetry... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Dana Gallery - Main 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

12:00pm

Printing Demonstration

Observe as Aaron Parrett from Territorial Press demonstrates letterpress printing on an 1890 Gordon jobbing press.


Speakers
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Aaron Parrett

Dr. Aaron Parrett has published fiction in The Massachusetts Review, The Wisconsin Review, Open Spaces, The New Montana Story and other journals. His essays have appeared in Montana: The Magazine of Western History, The Complete Montana Gothic, The Old-Time Herald, and other places. He has recorded four CDs of original songs, and his music has appeared in several films, including the... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Missoula Art Museum 335 N Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Bookfest Art Walk
**LIMIT 15 - PRE-REGISTER HERE.


The Bookfest Art Walk begins at Radius Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in the historic Higgins building.  Gallery owner and literary scholar Lisa Simon will take you on a spin of the current exhibition which features three Montana artists--James Todd, Megan Moore and Josh DeWeese.  Especially for the bookfest, Radius will exhibit the original wood-engraved portraits of writers first seen in The Last Best Place Anthology 28 years ago!  Richard Hugo, James Welch, Ivan Doig, Norman Maclean, Tom McGuane--all your favorites meticulously engraved by a Montana artist! 

A volunteer will then guide you to the Missoula Art Museum for an investigation of new exhibitions that engage storytelling in different ways: Stephen Glueckert’s humorous wit points to current affairs; Leslie Van Stavern Millar II’s whimsical constructions imagine Queen Elizabeth the First time traveling to Montana; Willem Volkersz explores the language of drawing and his adopted homeland; “Not Vanishing” is a survey of contemporary American Indian art; Courtney Blazon’s stream-of-consciousness narrative drawings center on the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora and “The Year Without A Summer;” and Karen McAlister Shimoda takes viewers on a walk through northwestern forests.

 


Friday September 23, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Radius Gallery 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Proxies: Essays Near Knowing

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, and will read from Proxies, a collection of essays—part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography—that was awarded a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction. 

“I know of no book like it, nor any recent book as thoroughly good, in art or in heart.” Maggie Nelson


Moderators
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Ken White

Ken White is a co-writer and co-producer of the feature film Winter in the Blood, adapted from James Welch’s novel of the same name. His current project is a screen adaptation of Debra Earling’s novel Perma Red, which he is attached to direct. He has written or co-written eight feature scripts, including Blight and The Wereman, as well as adaptations of Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young... Read More →

Speakers
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Brian Blanchfield

Brian Blanchfield is the author of three books of poetry and prose, most recently Proxies, published by Nightboat Books in 2016 and forthcoming from Picador UK in 2017. The collection of essays—part cultural close reading, part dicey autobiography—was awarded a 2016 Whiting Award in Nonfiction and has been widely reviewed. | His first two books are collections of poetry: Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Call Me Ishmael: A Fiction Workshop with Rachel Harper
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT.

$25 Students, $40 General

Call Me Ishmael - Creating Dynamic Openings in Fiction

We all know not to judge a book by its cover, but most readers think it's just fine to judge one by its opening page--or sometimes even just the opening line. Knowing this bitter truth, how can writers craft their openings to entice and engage readers from the very first lines of their story or novel? This workshop will explore the many ways we can draw readers into our stories and keep them engaged page after page. Beginning with a short craft discussion, the leader will identify several successful techniques, offering examples from both contemporary and classic texts. Participants are asked to bring pen/paper or laptop in order to work on their own story beginnings, and will have an opportunity to share their writing with each other. 


Speakers
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Rachel Harper

Rachel M. Harper is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, Brass Ankle Blues, was a Borders Original Voices Award finalist and selected as a Target Breakout Book. Her newest novel, This Side of Providence, will be published in April 2016; it was recently adapted into an original television pilot, City of Providence. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies including Black... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 1:00pm - 3:30pm
UM Liberal Arts Building - Room 337 University of Montana, Liberal Arts, Campus Dr, Missoula, MT 59812

2:00pm

Approaches to Spiritual Inquiry

A dynamic panel full of dedicated seekers who mine research and their own lives in pursuit of understanding. Participants: Joanna Shelton (A Christian in the Land of the Gods: Journey of Faith in Japan), Larry D. Mansch (Martin Luther: The Life and Lessons), Marge Rogers Barrett (Called: The Making and Unmaking of a Nun), and Corinna Nicolaou (A None's Story: Searching for Meaning Inside Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Islam).


Moderators
Speakers
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Marge Rogers Barrett

Marge Rogers Barrett graduated from St. Catherine University and received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. She has taught in high schools and colleges and for the past ten years worked with adults in Minnesota at the Loft Literary Center, Jewish Community Center, Collegeville Institute, MinnPost. She conducts workshops in the Twin Cities and around the country. She has published... Read More →
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Larry D. Mansch

Larry Mansch graduated from Hamline University in 1980, and from the CreightonUniversity School of Law in 1983. | A longtime criminal defense attorney, Larry also served as a Judge Advocate General inthe Montana Army National Guard, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He received his Mastersin Education from the University of Montana, and for ten years worked as a teacherfor Missoula Catholic Schools. Larry is currently the Legal Director of the... Read More →
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Corinna Nicolaou

Corinna Nicolaou is a writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Texas Observer, Salon, and Narrative Magazine, among other publications. Her commentaries have aired on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and her writing can be found on her blog, One None Gets Some: Mining Religion for Essential Wisdom to Live Better. | Nicolaou tours... Read More →
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Joanna Shelton

A Christian in the Land of the Gods: Journey of Faith in Japan (January 2016, Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers) is Joanna Reed Shelton’s debut narrative nonfiction about her great-grandfather’s life and work as a Protestant missionary in nineteenth-century Japan. The book offers an often poignant insight into hardships and challenges faced by missionaries working to plant their faith in a country just emerging from two and a... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Dana Gallery - Collector's West 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Delicious Words: Writing about Food

These authors know the power of textually well-rendered edibles. Join them for a conversation guided by Kate Lebo. Participants will include Leslie Budewitz, Paula Marie Coomer, Jen Karetnick and Sherrie Flick, representing a smorgasbord of tasty genres: mystery, cookbook, novel, poetry, essay and more.


Moderators
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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in Best American Essays, Best New Poets, New England Review, Willow Springs, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, and Gastronomica, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. In 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey, an anthology co-edited with Sam... Read More →

Speakers
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Leslie Budewitz

Leslie Budewitz blends her passion for food, the mysterious, and the Northwest in two light-hearted series: the Spice Shop Mysteries, set in Seattle's Pike Place Market, and the Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries, set in NW Montana. Death Al Dente won the 2013 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her most recent book is Guilty as Cinnamon (December 2015), followed soon by Killing Thyme (October 4, 2016). Also a lawyer, her guide for writers... Read More →
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Paula Marie Coomer

Paula Marie Coomer is a poet, novelist, sometimes food writer, and a writer of short fictions. The daughter of over two hundred years of Kentucky Appalachian farmers and mixed-blood heritage,she lived most of her childhood in the industrial Ohio River town of New Albany, Indiana. Ms.Coomer is the author of five books of literary prose and poetry, including her newest novel, Jagged Edge of the Sky, as well as the food memoir, Blue Moon... Read More →
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Sherrie Flick

Sherrie Flick is author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness (Bison Books), the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume Press), and the short story collection Whiskey, Etc. (Queen's Ferry Press, 2016). Her fiction appears in many anthologies and journals, including Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, Ploughshares, and SmokeLong Quarterly. She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches in Chatham... Read More →
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Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick is the author of three full-length books of poetry, including the forthcoming books American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2016) and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), as well as four poetry chapbooks. She is the winner of the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize for Poetry and runner-up for the 2015 Atlantis Prize and 2016 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize. Her work has been... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
E3 Convergence Gallery 229 W. Main St. Missoula, MT, 59802

2:00pm

Birds Are People, Too: Humor in the Avian World

When you see a bird diving for a fish, landing on a perch, or singing from a fence post, do you wonder what it’s saying or thinking? While staking out nests or waiting for the perfect shot on cold mornings, photographer Kate Davis has wondered plenty. Join Kate and special bird guests for this hilarious presentation from Birds Are People, Too.


Moderators
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Mike Krzywicki

Mike signed up for a field ornithology class during his final year studying English at The Evergreen State College. He hoped the class would make him a better observer. Instead he fell in love with the lifestyle and he's been chasing birds across the American west ever since. He is currently a Staff Biologist at the University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab. This is his first year volunteering at the Festival.

Speakers
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Kate Davis

Kate Davis received a degree in Zoology from the University of Montana in 1982 and founded the non-profit educational organization Raptors of the Rockies in 1988. She keeps 15 non-releasable and falconry birds at the facility at her house on the Bitterroot River. Her programs with these raptors number 1600 for nearly 130,000 people,  young and old alike. These birds are the subjects and source of inspiration for her photography, drawings... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

2:00pm

Fairy Tales and Beyond: Kate Bernheimer and Lily Hoang

Kate Bernheimer has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” (Tin House). She is the editor of Fairy Tale Review and the author of a novel trilogy and two story collections. Lily Hoang is the author of five books, the latest of which, A Beastiary, includes miniature fables about the tiger, the rat, the rabbit, the human, and other beasts. Debra Magpie Earling will lead this presentation by two modern maestros of strange. 


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Debra Magpie Earling

Debra Magpie Earling is the Director of the University of Montana Creative Writing Program. Her novel Perma Red (Putnam, 2002) won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. The Lost Journals of Sacajewea (Koch editions, 2010),  a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch, re-invents the life of... Read More →

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Kate Bernheimer

Kate Bernheimer has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” (Tin House). She is the author of a novel trilogy and the story collections Horse, Flower, Bird and How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, and the editor of four anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award winning and bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales and xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths. She is an Associate... Read More →
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Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of four books: Unfinished, The Evolutionary Revolution, Changing (recipient of a PEN Beyond Margins Award), and Parabola (winner of the 2006 Chiasmus Press “Un-Doing the Novel” Contest). With Blake Butler, she edited the anthology 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Young Writers. Hoang serves as co-director of Puerto del Sol, Editor at Tarpaulin Sky... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Dana Gallery - Main 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Writing the World: An International Lens

These authors span the globe, in their travels and in their words. Join Bharti Kirchner (Goddess of Fire: A Novel), Anis Shivani (Soraya: Sonnets) and Giuseppe Bartoli (The Fifth Most Wanted Man) for a celebration of adventurous journey and multicultural literature.


Moderators
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Geoff Badenoch

I was born and raised in Montana and Missoula has been my home for over 35 years. Participating in events like the Montana Book Festival are, in my opinion, an expression of citizenship; it's something that makes life in our community richer for me and my friends and neighbors.

Speakers
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Giuseppe Bartoli

Giuseppe Bartoli is a Peruvian-Italian-American poet and writer. He currently divides his time between Europe and the Americas. He has studied at the American University of Paris, the University of St. Andrews, and is currently working on a Creative Writing PhD inspired by the work of Uruguayan poet Delmira Agustini at Kingston University. Forthcoming publications include his debut English poetry collection The Fifth Most Wanted... Read More →
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Bharti Kirchner

Bharti Kirchner is the author of six novels. Her latest, Goddess of Fire, published recently to high acclaim, is now a finalist for the Nancy Pearl Award in literary fiction. Pastries: A Novel of Desserts and Discoveries was selected for the Summer Washington Reads program. Shiva Dancing was chosen by Seattle Weekly to be among the top 18 books by Seattle authors in the last 25 years. Her work has been... Read More →
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Anis Shivani

Anis Shivani’s books include Anatolia and Other Stories, The Fifth Lash and Other Stories, MyTranquil War and Other Poems, Karachi Raj, Whatever Speaks on Behalf of Hashish (Poems), and Soraya (Sonnets). Books forthcoming in the near future include a novel called A History of the Cat in Nine Chapters or Less, a trilogy of books of literary criticism, and several poetry books. Anis’s... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Clyde Coffee 610 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59801

2:00pm

Revision and the Poetic Process

Montana Poet Laureate Michael Earl Craig will reveal the intricacies of his poetic process, using images and drafts to display how what might read like a simple poem actually involves multiple rounds of detailed consideration.  As Dara Wier writes of Earl Craig: "He represents a perfect combination of so many of the things poetry exists to do: honor humanity, honor place and time, honor the dead, console the living, entertain us, delight us, and lend us hopes and dreams."


Moderators
Speakers
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Michael Earl Craig

Michael Earl Craig is the author of Talkativeness (Wave Books, 2014), Thin Kimono (Wave Books, 2010), Yes, Master (Fence Books, 2006), Can You Relax in My House, (Fence Books, 2002), and the chapbook Jombang Jet (Factory Hollow Press, 2012). He lives in the Shields Valley, near Livingston, Montana, and is the 2015-2017 Poet Laureate of Montana.


Friday September 23, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

3:30pm

Young Adult Writers Workshop: Jake Halpern
This well-known YA/middle-grade writer will offer an interactive presentation for young adult writers.  

Speakers
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Jake Halpern

Jake Halpern is an author, journalist, and radio producer.  His first book, Braving Home (2003), was a main selection for the Book of the Month Club by Bill Bryson and was one of Library Journal's “Best Books of the Year.” His next book, Fame Junkies (2007), was the basis for an original series on NPR's All Things Considered and portions of  the book were published in both The New Yorker and in Entertainment Weekly... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Missoula Public Library - Large Meeting Room 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Reading with Danez Smith

Through our partnership with Free Verse, a local organization dedicated to empowering incarcerated youth through writing, celebrated poet Danez Smith will visit a juvenile detention center before performing at MBF. Danez is the author of [insert] boy (2014, YesYes Books) and their 2nd collection, Don't Call Us Dead, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2017. Often centered around intersections of race, class, sexuality, faith, and social justice, Danez uses rhythm, fierce raw power, and image to re-imagine the world. They are a 2-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist.


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Danez Smith

Danez Smith is the author of [insert] boy. It was published by YesYes Books in 2014, and is the winner of the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. His 2nd collection, Don't Call Us Dead, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. He is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on ya knees and black movie, which won the Button Poetry Prize. His works have been... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
E3 Convergence Gallery 229 W. Main St. Missoula, MT, 59802

4:00pm

Healing through Native and native Western Voices
This panel, featuring Sterling Holy White Mountain, Adrain L. Jawort, Shann Ray, Russell Rowland and Anne Hillerman will address vital questions of representation. How does one go about writing a Native character when one isn’t Native? How should Native authors themselves respond if a reader says they’re “making Natives look bad?” How can this conversation be used to promote healing and understanding for everyone?

Moderators
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David Allan Cates

He's the author of five novels, most recently Tom Connor's Gift, and a collection of poetry, The Mysterious Location of Kyrgyzstan. He teaches fiction in the Rainier Writing Workshop lo-residency MFA program, and he's the executive director of Missoula Medical Aid, a small non-profit that sends medical teams to Honduras and supports community health improvement projects there.

Speakers
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Anne Hillerman

The daughter of beloved novelist Tony Hillerman, Anne has continued the Navajo mystery series with the elevation of Officer Bernadette Manuelito from sidekick to crime solver. Anne received the Spur Award for her first mystery Spider Woman Daughter. Her second, Rock with Wings was a New York Times best seller and the third, Song of Lion, will be released in April. She lives in Santa Fe, but loves Montana.
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Adrian L. Jawort

Adrian Jawort is a freelance journalist and fiction writer from Lockwood, Montana. A Northern Cheyenne, he's lived on various Indian reservations and had founded Off the Path Press, LLC, which "aims to find true beauty in literature off the beaten path." Off the Path Press has produced two anthologies by indigenous writers, Off the Path, Volumes 1 and 2, and a novel by Adrian, Moonrise Falling. 
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Sterling Holy White Mountain

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation, where he lived the first part of his life according to the laws of the old-time basketball religion. He received a BA in English Creative Writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he was a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He currently directs the writing center at Blackfeet Community... Read More →
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Shann Ray

Shann Ray grew up in Montana, spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeast Montana and has served as a visiting scholar in Europe, Asia, and South America. His books include the poetry collection Balefire, the novel American Copper, and the story collection American Masculine.  He is also the author of a work of political theory called Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity. His poetry... Read More →
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Russell Rowland

Russell Rowland is a fourth generation Montanan, born in Bozeman in 1957. He has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Boston University. His latest book is his first non-fiction effort, titled Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey. He has published three novels, In Open Spaces, The Watershed Years, and High and Inside. In Open Spaces made the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list, and was named among the Best of... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Dana Gallery - Main 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Big Skies, Little Stories: Place in Flash Fiction
Flash fiction, microfiction, sudden stories. Write it in fewer than a thousand words, five hundred, two hundred fifty. Whatever we call these short short stories, whatever limits we set, in a digital literary world the market for tiny prose is thriving. But how do we bring real places into such small spaces? Panelists will discuss the craft of flash fiction, especially as it relates to effectively conveying setting.

Speakers
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Chauna Craig

Chauna Craig is author of the forthcoming story collection The Widow’s Guide to Edible Mushrooms. Her work has been published in Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Terrain.org, Flash Fiction International, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere. A Great Falls native, she now lives and teaches in Pennsylvania.
avatar for Sherrie Flick

Sherrie Flick

Sherrie Flick is author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness (Bison Books), the flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume Press), and the short story collection Whiskey, Etc. (Queen's Ferry Press, 2016). Her fiction appears in many anthologies and journals, including Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, Ploughshares, and SmokeLong Quarterly. She lives in Pittsburgh and teaches in Chatham... Read More →
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Samuel Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe inHeaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by StephenKnezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He edits the journal Willow Springs, teaches at EasternWashington University in Spokane, and is the artistic director of the Port TownsendWriters’ Conference.  | |


Friday September 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Dana Gallery - Collector's West 246 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

The Art of Nonfiction

Four prose masters of ranging expertise, from eco to essay, from journalistic to personal, will share secrets of the craft. Panelists Jacob Appel (Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana), Tom Hallman Jr. (Dispatches from 1320), Frederick H. Swanson Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies), and Kase Johnstun (Beyond the Grip of Craniosynostosis).


Moderators
Speakers
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Jacob Appel

Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novels, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up, which won the 2012 Dundee International Book Award, and The Biology of Luck (2013). His story collection, Scouting for the Reaper (2014), won the Hudson Prize.  Other collections include The Magic Laundry (2015)  and Phoning Home: Essays (2014).  Jacob's short fiction has appeared in more than two hundred literary journals.  His prose... Read More →
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Tom Hallman

Tom Hallman Jr., 60, is considered one of the nation's premier narrative writers. During his career, he haswon every major feature-writing award, some for stories that took months to report, others less than acouple of hours. The stories range from the drama of life and death in a neo-natal unit, to the quiet prideof a man graduating from college. A common thread in all of Hallman's stories is the exploration of the character's heart and... Read More →
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Kase Johnstun

Kase Johnstun lives and writes in Ogden, Utah. He is the author of Beyond the Grip Craniosynostosis (McFarland & Co). It was recently awarded the Gold Quill (First Place) in Creative Nonfiction by the League of Utah Writers for 2015. He is the co-editor/author of Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front (The History Press), which was name the Salt Lake Tribune’s book of the month for August 2014 and the... Read More →
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Frederick H. Swanson

Frederick H. Swanson's work deals with the history and conservation of the wild landscapes of the West, from Utah's red-rock deserts to the mountains of Montana and Idaho. His two latest books, The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg and Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies, are published from the University of Utah Press. The novels delve into the issues of forest practices and wilderness... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

4:00pm

Writing Off the Grid: Wilderness Writing Residencies
Whether poets or prose writers, for many of us, our writing is deeply affected by the mountains, valleys, and rivers we call home. This wild landscape enters our work, and shapes its images and narratives. So what might happen when a writer lives even closer to the land and further from civilization? Hear from three authors who each enjoyed the writer’s life by living off the grid, two at the PEN Northwest Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency and one at the Bob Marshall Wilderness Residency. Each writer will read an excerpt from work written at the residency, and will share in a conversation about the joys and hardships of writing from a seat in the wild.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Jill Beauchesne Alban

Jill Beauchesne Alban

Jill Beauchesne Alban began writing a personal memoir, Naked in the Wilderness, during a solo 10-day residency in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness. In her first draft, she wrote pages of descriptions: the long hikes alone, the hours spent staring at the ceiling of a cabin, the pull of a trout at the end of a rod, the stumble and fall into a grizzly bear. But somewhere along the way she realized that she wasn't a nature writer. She was a... Read More →
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Erin Brown Saldin

Erin Saldin is the author of the young adult novels The Girls of No Return (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2012), and The Flatliners’ Club (forthcoming from Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster in 2017). Erin 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 is the recipient of a Montana Artist’s Innovator... Read More →
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Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro—and two previous books of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His most recent full-length collection, When We Were Birds, was... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Boone and Crockett Club 250 Station Dr, Missoula, MT 59801

4:00pm

Electricity, Boxing and Survivors

A dynamic trio: two novelists and one story-writer strong on history, the west and unforgettable characters : Chad Dundas (Champion of the World), Virginia Reeves (Work Like Any Other) and Matt Pavelich (Survivors Said).


Moderators
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Anne Yoncha

Master of Fine Arts Candidate, University of Montana

Speakers
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Chad Dundas

A fourth-generation Montanan, Chad Dundas earned his MFA from the University of Montana-Missoula in 2006. His short fiction has appeared in the Beloit Fiction Journal, Sycamore Review, Sou’Wester, and Thuglit. Since 2001, he’s worked as a sportswriter for national outlets including ESPN, NBC Sports, Sporting News, Bleacher Report, and the Associated Press, as well as local and regional newspapers. He lives with his... Read More →
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Matt Pavelich

Matt Pavelich was born on the Flathead Indian Reservation and raised there, for the most part, on a ranch in Lonepine. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop where he was a teaching/writing fellow and also a Michener Fellow. His first collection of short fiction won the Montana First Book Awardin 1989. The novel Our Savage was published by Shoemaker and Hoard in 2004, followed by the novel The Other Shoe published by Counterpoint... Read More →
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Virginia Reeves

Virginia Reeves is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, Work Like Any Other, has been published internationally and translated into several languages. Her short fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore Review and has been short-listed for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award. She has... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

5:00pm

Author's Reception: A Writer and Readers Party

The ultimate lit-life celebration, the premier fest fete for top-notch tete-a-tete etc. - delicious food and drinks with your favorite literary guests. Festival button or $10 at the door includes one drink ticket, a mouth-watering spread from the Good Food Store and the best times yet. 


Friday September 23, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Submittable Florence Building, 112 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

6:00pm

Whizpops: Storytelling through Music
Come hang out with a few Whizpops and explore songwriting, bookmaking, and storytelling in an unplugged acoustic adventure at the library!  Kids of all ages can participate and even help write a new song to be sung that evening! 

Friday September 23, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Missoula Public Library - Dragon Rug Area 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

6:00pm

Graphic Novels
Discussion on the art of writing and illustrating comic books and graphic novels.  Bring your work for a professional critique!  

Speakers
avatar for Chuck Bordell

Chuck Bordell

Chuck was born a poor transistor farmer in the rust belt of western Pennsylvania. His childhood was filled with polluted rivers that he fell in love with anyway, the sound of railroad cars crashing together, and dreams of lusty women of dubious reputation. Eventually, he tired of all things iron and decided to trade rust for heavy metals, moving to Missoula, MT in 1987. | Despite a decided lack of tree cover (comparatively speaking) he found... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Missoula Public Library - Boardroom 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

7:00pm

Keynote Reading

You won’t want to miss this special event featuring Gregory Pardlo and Eileen Myles. Gregory Pardlo's ​collection​ Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and was also shortlisted for the​ 2015 NAACP Image Award. Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a reissue of Chelsea Girls. They are the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant, a Lambda Book Award, and the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America.


Speakers
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Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a reissue of Chelsea Girls, both out in fall 2015, from Ecco/Harper Collins. They are the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America, as well as being named to the Slate/Whiting Second... Read More →
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Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo's ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest​ was also shortlisted for the​ 2015 NAACP Image Award and was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Wilma Theatre 131 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00pm

Literary Death Match

In a debut for the Big Sky ages, Literary Death Match is teaming with the Montana Book Festival for our Missoula debut at The Wilma — a Friday night affair that'll feature lit, wit, belly laughs, and an oddball finish that'll have you on your feet.

What is Literary Death Match? We feature four writers who read their own work for seven minutes or less, who are then judged by three all-star judges. They select two finalists to compete in the Literary Death Match finale, a vaguely-literary game to decide the ultimate winner.

Watch LDM Book Report — our new weekly web show!

JUDGES: 
Literary Merit: Richard Fifield, debut novelist of The Flood Girls
Performance: Lily Gladstone
, actress and co-star of the film Certain Women (releasing Oct. 16)
Intangibles: Jeremy Sauter, Paramount Pictures marketing consultant

READERS: 
Tom Hallman Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; author of Dispatches from 1320
Rachel M. Harper
, author of This Side of Providence & Brass Ankle Blues (Borders Original Voices finalist)  
Sunil Yapa
Asian American Short Story Contest-winning author of Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
Jen Karetnick
, award-winning poet, journalist, critic and author of American Sentencing

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Rachel Mindell.

When: show at 9:15pm sharp, doors at 8:45pm (over by 10:45pm)
Cost: $10 at the door; free for those with a Festival Button


Speakers
avatar for Tom Hallman

Tom Hallman

Tom Hallman Jr., 60, is considered one of the nation's premier narrative writers. During his career, he haswon every major feature-writing award, some for stories that took months to report, others less than acouple of hours. The stories range from the drama of life and death in a neo-natal unit, to the quiet prideof a man graduating from college. A common thread in all of Hallman's stories is the exploration of the character's heart and... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Harper

Rachel Harper

Rachel M. Harper is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, Brass Ankle Blues, was a Borders Original Voices Award finalist and selected as a Target Breakout Book. Her newest novel, This Side of Providence, will be published in April 2016; it was recently adapted into an original television pilot, City of Providence. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies including Black... Read More →
avatar for Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick is the author of three full-length books of poetry, including the forthcoming books American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2016) and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), as well as four poetry chapbooks. She is the winner of the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize for Poetry and runner-up for the 2015 Atlantis Prize and 2016 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize. Her work has been... Read More →
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Sunil Yapa

Author, YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST
Sunil Yapa’s debut novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is the lead title for Lee Boudreaux’s eponymous new imprint, Lee Boudreaux Books at Little, Brown & Company. The publication date is January 2016.  | | Sunil Yapa holds a BA in economic geography from Penn State University, and received his MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in New York City in 2010, where he worked with Peter Carey, Colum McCann, Claire... Read More →



Friday September 23, 2016 9:00pm - 10:45pm
The Wilma Theatre 131 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802
 
Saturday, September 24
 

9:00am

Capturing Civil War History

A conversation between Civil War historians Robert M. Brown (Captain Charles Rawn and the Frontier Infantry in Montana) and Ken Robison (Yankees and Rebels on the Upper Missouri).


Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer has lived in Missoula most of her adult life. Perhaps she was your waitress or grocery store clerk. Nowadays she and her camera can be found near the baseball park osprey nest or volunteering at music festivals and other community events. This will be her fourth year volunteering at Montana Book Festival.

Speakers
avatar for Robert M. Brown

Robert M. Brown

Robert M. Brown, Ph.D., 64, was born in New Jersey and grew up in Pennsylvania, half way between Valley Forge and Gettysburg, spending hours exploring the battlefields. He was destined to become an historian. He obtained a B.A. from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA; a Master’s Degree from Rivier College in Nashua, NH; and aPh.D. in Early American History from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. He... Read More →
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Ken Robison

Historian, Overholser Historical Research Center
Ken is a historian, preservationist and a chronicler of neglected Montana history at the Overholser Historical Research Center in Fort Benton and the GreatFalls/Cascade County Historic Preservation Commission. Ken is an author of six books, and his new book, Yankees and Rebels on the Upper Missouri: Steamboats, Gold and Peace will be released September 2016. He is a co-author of Montana A Cultural Medley, Beyond... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom A 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00am

Non-Narrative, Non-Poetry?: Multimedia Forms and the Poetics of "Place" in the West

Reality television, arthouse movies, Reddit feeds-- rather than transposing the narrative devices used in these genres, this panel will present and examine poetries that borrow non-narrative elements from these and other genres, and how, once lifted from their original contexts, these elements re-situate the interaction between form and content within a poem. How are 21st century “experiences” loosened from “place,” and how is this “displacement” of self and body being explored through mediums like the internet, film, television, and other forms courting low culture? What might these amorphous non- “places” mean in a region like the west where place-based narrative has mapped so distinctly onto regional poetries?

Similarly, the panel will discuss what these particular kinds of poetries mean for cities and regions once thought unique when the content distinguishing them as “places” are increasingly compromised by global connectivity and displacement of citizens through gentrification. The panel will look at the pressures of super-modernity particularly for communities in smaller, mid-sized cities and in the greater western United States, areas isolated from “neighboring” metro areas by distance.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Barr

Ashley Barr

Ashley Barr lives in Boise, Idaho where she spends all of her free time searching WebMD and considering the intolerable cuteness of her cats. She is an organizer for Ghosts & Projectors a poetry reading series, an MFA candidate at Boise State University, and a graduate of The College of Idaho. Her first chapbook Call the Bees to Come was published by dancing girl press in April 2015.
avatar for Kathryn Jensen

Kathryn Jensen

Kathryn Jensen is an MFA candidate in poetry at Boise State University with interests in media, technology, and narrative. She watches a lot of television. 
avatar for Colin Johnson

Colin Johnson

Editorial Assistant, Ahsahta Press
Current MFA candidate in poetry at Boise State University, editorial & design assistant for Ahsahta Press, student-editor for Free Poetry, former poetry editor for the Idaho Review. 


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Holiday Inn - Boardroom 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00am

The Natural World Memoir: Discoveries of Self and Other in the Wild

Join four authors with incredible tales of wild encounter: Bruce Smith (Stories from Afield: Adventures with Wild Things in Wild Places), Jon Turk (Crocodiles and Ice: A Journey into Deep Wild), Julie Riddle (The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness) and Susan Marie Conrad (Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage).


Moderators
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Mike Krzywicki

Mike signed up for a field ornithology class during his final year studying English at The Evergreen State College. He hoped the class would make him a better observer. Instead he fell in love with the lifestyle and he's been chasing birds across the American west ever since. He is currently a Staff Biologist at the University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab. This is his first year volunteering at the Festival.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Marie Conrad

Susan Marie Conrad

Susan Conrad is an author, adventurer, speaker and EXPED ambassador. Her keen sense of adventure and insatiable curiosity have had a far-reaching influence on the course of her life—and more importantly—on her writing. It’s become a venue to share her passion in a colorful, soulful reality and has led to publication in many magazines, newspapers, guidebooks—and most recently—her debut memoir. In the summer of 2010, Susan completed a... Read More →
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Julie Riddle

Julie Riddle grew up in northwestern Montana, where she helped build her family's log home. She is the author of the memoir, The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness, published in April 2016 by the University of Nebraska Press/American Lives Series. The Solace of Stones explores Julie's coming of age and the complexities of memory, loss, and identity borne by a family homesteading in the modern West. | | Her essay, Shadow... Read More →
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Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2004 after a thirty‑year career as a wildlife manager and scientist.  He was named Wyoming’s Conservationist of the Year in 1997 and received the John and Frank Craighead Wildlife Conservation Award in 2005.  Besides his scientific publications, he writes for magazines and has published five books.  In 2011, Where Elk Roam: Conservation and Biopolitics of Our National Elk Herd... Read More →
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Jon Turk

Jon Turk received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1971 and wrote the first environmentalscience textbook in North America.  He has since engaged in extreme outdoor expeditions. Jon’s | circumnavigation of Ellesmere with Erik Boomer was nominated in 2012 by NationalGeographic as one of the world’s “Top Ten Adventures of the Year” and was also awarded | “Expedition of the Year” by Canoe and... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom C 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00am

Our Words: Young Poets Read
Hear poets, ages 8 to 14, from the Missoula Writing Collaborative read their original work. Moderated by Sheryl Noethe, artistic director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative, this panel will explore how these young poets are inspired, how they work with their imaginations, and how they work toward finished poems.

Moderators
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Sheryl Noethe

Sheryl Noethe founded the Missoula Writing Collaborative in 1994. She is currently both Artistic Director and writer-in-residence. She is co-author of the teaching text Poetry Everywhere, now in its third printing. A recipient of a Montana Arts Council Fellowship, she also has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the CutBank Hugo Prize in Poetry, the Emerging Voices Award from New Rivers Press, a McKnight Prize for... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Holiday Inn - Gallatin-Jefferson 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00am

Daredevils, Lunatics, Fire

These bold authors bring on the blaze in their new novels - readings by Shawn Vestal (Daredevils), Megan McNamer (Children and Lunatics), and Jessica Barksdale (The Burning Hour).


Moderators
Speakers
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Jessica Barksdale

Jessica Barksdale’s fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016. A Pushcart Prize and Best-of-the-Net nominee, her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Waccamaw Journal, Salt Hill Journal, Little Patuxent Review, Carve Magazine, Palaver, and So to Speak. She is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California and teaches... Read More →
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Megan McNamer

Megan McNamer’s novel Children and Lunatics (Black Lawrence Press, 2016) won the Big Moose Prize. Her work has appeared in Salon, Sports Illustrated, The Sun, Tropic Magazine (of The Miami Herald), Islands Magazine, and Headwall, and she has won awards from New Millennium, Glimmer Train, Writers@Work, the University of New Orleans Writing Contest for Study Abroad, the Travelers'Tales Best Travel Writing Solas Awards for 2016, and... Read More →
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Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, Daredevils, was published in spring 2016 by Penguin Press. Liesl Schillinger called the novel "breathtaking and brash," and wrote: "Vestal sends his characters soaring across the gulf that separates the identity that confines them and the identity they would choose, letting them land roughly but firmly on the other side, broken but free." His collection of short stories, Godforsaken Idaho, published by New... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom D 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00am

A Conversation With Anne Hillerman
Chérie Newman, producer of The Write Question, talks with New Mexico author Anne Hillerman about her latest books ('Spider Woman's Daughter' and 'Rocks With Wings') in which she continues her late father's Navajo Country mystery series. They'll also discuss why Hillerman gave police officer Bernadette Manuelito a larger role in her novels, American Indian stories written by non-Indian authors, and grappling with the mythic West in fiction.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman

The daughter of beloved novelist Tony Hillerman, Anne has continued the Navajo mystery series with the elevation of Officer Bernadette Manuelito from sidekick to crime solver. Anne received the Spur Award for her first mystery Spider Woman Daughter. Her second, Rock with Wings was a New York Times best seller and the third, Song of Lion, will be released in April. She lives in Santa Fe, but loves Montana.
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Cherie Newman

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at PRX.org and MTPR.org. Her articles, essays, and book reviews have been published in Montana Magazine, High Country News, the University of Montana Alumni... Read More →



Saturday September 24, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom B 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00am

Layers of Landscape: A Poetry Workshop with Joe Wilkins
*PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT

$25 Students, $40 General

Sponsored by Humanities Montana.

Though we live in a world chock full of chain restaurants and department stores, on-screen communications, and cross-country airplane travel, we ignore the power of place at our own psychological and, increasingly, physical peril. Truly, place and landscape are active forces in all our lives. They shape and re-shape us; they offer us foundation and refuge; they challenge us to be good citizens of our biotic and built communities. In life and in writing, we ought to be aware of this; we ought to try to understand and harness the power of place. This session offers writers four ways they might begin to do just that. Participants are asked to bring a pen and paper or a laptop computer for in-session writing.

$25 for Students, $40 for General Public
Registration for this event will open August 25 at montanabookfestival.org

Includes Pulitzer Poets Natasha Trethewey and Philip Levine.


 

Speakers
avatar for Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro—and two previous books of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His most recent full-length collection, When We Were Birds, was... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:00am - 11:30am
Holiday Inn - Madison 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

10:00am

2nd Annual Imagine Fest

Imagine Nation Brewing Co. teams up with the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) and Playing for Change Foundation for its second annual Imagine Fest—an all-day festival celebrating the arts, community, and what connects us to better benefit the local and global community.

The festival will start with hands on art and music workshops by the ZACC to support positive engagement between children and parents. During the afternoon, music will be provided by various local bands, including: Bryan Jay and Lowell Chandler; Night Blooming Jasmine; a special appearance by the ZACC Kids' Rock Band; and culminating with Letter B. Imagine Fest will also feature a dialogue on mindfulness and business in the brewery’s Center for Community Transformation and a public mural project of the world's great changemakers by local artist Chuck Jurasek. The festival will also serve as the official launch of Imagine Nation's LUPUJūS beer series, the only New England-style juicy, hop-forward beers under the Big Sky.

10:00am: Doors Open with the public mural project of the world's great changemakers by local artist Chuck Jurasek
11:00-1:00pm: Hands on art and music workshops by the ZACC - all families and ages invited.
1:00-3:00pm: Business and Brews Dialogue: Mindfulness, Community, and Business: Intersections
2:30-3:00pm: ZACC Kids' Rock Band
3:00-4:30pm: Bryan Jay and Lowell Chandler
4:45-5:45pm: Night Blooming Jasmine
6:00-8:00pm: Letter B

*Food Trucks on site throughout the day 


Saturday September 24, 2016 10:00am - 8:00pm
Imagine Nation Brewing 1151 W Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:00am

Creating Dynamic Characters
Join YA novelists, Kris Dinnison, author of You and Me and Him, Frank Nappi, author of Welcome to the Show (the third installment of the Mickey Tussler series), and Theresa Nichols Schuster, author of We Are the Warriors, as they guide teen participants to create their own unique, multifaceted characters. Suggested ages 11-19.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian while dreaming of becoming a writer. Her work has appeared in One Teen Story, HelloGiggles, YARN, and Germ Magazine among others. Kris’ first novel, You and Me and Him, came out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in July, 2015. When she’s not working Kris loves to hike, read, and binge watch TV shows. She lives and writes in Spokane, Washington.
avatar for Theresa Nichols Schuster

Theresa Nichols Schuster

Author, TNS Services
Theresa Nichols Schuster’s novel We Are the Warriors was named 2015 USA Regional Excellence Book Awards Finalist. When not hiking the mountains or prairies of Montana, or pursuing the next wildlife photo, Theresa is immersed in creating stories that are rich with real life characters and sceneries founded by Montana landscapes. She expresses, “the act of creating stories lures me in, like a haunting melody. As... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Missoula Public Library - Large Meeting Room 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:00am

Storytime & Craft: Toni Marie LaGree
This children’s book author and illustrator will lead a hands-on voyage of discovering the power of visual images for learning and memory recall. After a look at Toni’s most recent book and its creative process, she will guide children to make their own memorable image. Suggested ages 3-8.

Speakers
avatar for Toni Marie LaGree

Toni Marie LaGree

Author and illustrator, Toni Marie LaGree, draws on a diverse background of experiences from working in film and theatre, art and education, to being a solo-prenuerand mother of two. She graduated from high school in Hudson, WI focusing greatly on classic literature and art. Later she attended Montana State University, in Bozeman, where she excelled at designing her own degree that combined art, education, filmmaking and writing. With... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Missoula Public Library - Dragon Rug Area 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

11:00am

The Allure of Traveling: With and Without Books

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.


Moderators
avatar for Jenessa Albertson

Jenessa Albertson

Intern
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.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson

Psychotherapist
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 →
avatar for Dawn Peterson

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

11:00am

A Montanamericana Journey

Montana writer-jack-of-all-trades Aaron Parrett (Montana Americana Music) and Russell Rowland (Fifty-six Counties: A Montana Journey) in a power-duo presentation featuring reading, travel, history, music and more.


Moderators
avatar for John Rimel

John Rimel

Publisher, Mountain Press Publishing Company
John Rimel is the publisher at Mountain Press Publishing in Missoula, Montana. It is a regional press that has achieved national recognition for its books for both young and old on natural history and history. He served as president of the Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association and as a board member of the Publisher's Association of the West. A native Montanan, John is active locally, serving as a trustee of the Historical Museum at Fort... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Parrett

Aaron Parrett

Dr. Aaron Parrett has published fiction in The Massachusetts Review, The Wisconsin Review, Open Spaces, The New Montana Story and other journals. His essays have appeared in Montana: The Magazine of Western History, The Complete Montana Gothic, The Old-Time Herald, and other places. He has recorded four CDs of original songs, and his music has appeared in several films, including the... Read More →
avatar for Russell Rowland

Russell Rowland

Russell Rowland is a fourth generation Montanan, born in Bozeman in 1957. He has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Boston University. His latest book is his first non-fiction effort, titled Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey. He has published three novels, In Open Spaces, The Watershed Years, and High and Inside. In Open Spaces made the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list, and was named among the Best of... Read More →


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

11:00am

Birthing the Sasquatch and Other Tales from the Den: Authors + Agent
Literary Agent Julie Stevenson represents writers Sharma Shields and Simeon Mills, a creative (and literal) couple. Join us for this discussion about the highs and lows, the challenges and joys, of professionally partnering to get fresh and important writing into the world.

Moderators
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Karen Buley

Karen Buley is the author of the novel Nanny on the Run. Her collection of nurses’ stories, Nurses on the Run: Why They Come, Why They Stay, was a "Best Books 2010" USA Book News finalist. Her essays have appeared in Family Circle, American Nurse Today, and A Cup of Comfort for Nurses: Stories of Caring and Compassion. In 2013 she traded the magic of birth for the magic of books and now works as a library assistant at Hellgate High School in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Simeon Mills

Simeon Mills

Simeon Mills is a cartoonist and writer living in Spokane, Washington. His graphic stories are included in various journals, such as The Florida Review, Okey-Panky and Rock & Sling. His graphic novel, Butcher Paper, was recently published by Scablands Books. 
avatar for Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields

Author, Autumn House Press
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Sharma’s writing has appeared in Electric Lit, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist... Read More →
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Julie Stevenson

Julie Stevenson is an agent at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin in New York. She is drawn to fiction with unforgettable characters, an authorial command of voice, and a strong sense of narrative tension. She looks for work that explores the depths of human experience and the many facets of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and regional backgrounds. Stevenson loves editing and contemplating craft and storytelling with clients. She... Read More →


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

11:00am

Home: A Four-Letter Word

Home is a loaded word, a complex idea: it's a place that's safe, sentimental, difficult, nourishing, war-torn and political. It's a place we escape and a place we create. This panel of women writers will discuss the ways in which they confront home in their work, including writing within and rebelling against the idea of home as a woman's place. What choices do we make to reveal, deconstruct, and imagine homes for our characters? In what ways do our homes inform our real and imagined selves?

If writing is an effort to examine our world, to understand the place we've come from and our larger place in the universe, every writer must grapple with the idea of home -- where she has come from and where she feels she belongs. And as we have seen from elections to book deals, a woman's area of expertise is still deemed mostly domestic. So how do women deal with the domestic on the page in this day and age? Panelists will be anthologized in a forthcoming collection from Seal Press.

Moderators
avatar for Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt spent more than 30 years on wheat and cattle ranches in northeastern Montana, before leaving that life to attend the University of Montana.  Her book of poems, Not Quite Stonewon the Merriam-Frontier Award, and was published in 1991.  Her best-selling memoir, Breaking Clean, was published by A.A. Knopf in 2002 and met with wide critical acclaim.  Her essays explore the complexity of growing up a girl in... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Margot Kahn Case

Margot Kahn Case

Margot Kahn is the author of Horses That Buck: The Story of Champion Bronc Rider Bill Smith, winner of the High Plains Book Award and a New West Best Book of 2008. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a Hertog Fellow, and has been awarded grants and residencies from the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture, the Ohioana Library Association, Bread Loaf and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Margot’s essays... Read More →
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Tara Conklin

Tara Conklin's debut novel The House Girl was a New York Times bestseller, #1 Indie Next Pick, Target book club pick and has been translated into five languages. Her second, The Last Romantics, is forthcoming in 2017 from William Morrow/Harper Collins. She is the recent recipient of a grant from Artist Trust. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the Bridport, Mslexia and Bristol prizes and is published or forthcoming in Wherever I'm... Read More →
avatar for Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in Best American Essays, Best New Poets, New England Review, Willow Springs, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, and Gastronomica, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. In 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey, an anthology co-edited with Sam... Read More →
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Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest. She has taught writing to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and served as writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Recipient of a 2016 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her work has also won awards from Sycamore Review, New South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood,  Florida Review and Crab Orchard... Read More →


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

11:00am

Animal Instincts

Three animal experts with distinct approaches: Sid Gustafson practices veterinary medicine, horse advocacy and fiction-writing; Rachel Toor is a prose artist in service of the misunderstood rat; Kipp Wessel’s debut novel details a main character’s bear-shaped ambitions.


Moderators
avatar for Dana Fitz Gale

Dana Fitz Gale

Dana Fitz Gale won the Brighthorse Prize in Short Fiction for her story collection, Spells for Victory and Courage (Brighthorse Books, 2016) which was also a finalist for the Flannery O'Connor Award and the Ohio State book prize. She has received numerous other awards for her fiction, which has recently appeared in The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Quarterly West, New Letters, Mid-American Review, Arts &... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sid Gustafson

Sid Gustafson

Novelist
Sid Gustafson is a Montana novelist and veterinarian. His latest novel, Swift Dam, celebrates the native land and the natives who survive as they have survived through time; perilously. | In addition to teaching equine behavior at The University of Guelph and writing for the New York Times, Sid practices veterinary medicine in Big Sky, Montana. His earlier novels include Horses They Rode and Prisoners of Flight.
avatar for Rachel Toor

Rachel Toor

Rachel Toor is the author of four works of nonfiction and one novel. Her most recent book is Misunderstood: Why The Humble Rat May Be Your Best Pet Ever (FSG 2016). She is a professor in the graduate creative writing program at Eastern Washington University. Her work has been published in a wide variety of places, including The New York Times, The LA Times, Ploughshares, SB Nation, Glamour, Reader’s Digest, Runner’s World and... Read More →
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Kipp Wessel

Kipp Wessel’s short fiction has appeared in a dozen literary magazines, and his debut novel, First, You Swallow the Moon, is freshly published by radialGRAIN. He earned a Fiction Fellowship and his MFA from The University of Montana, and he has taught fiction writing at the University of Montana, The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and within regional arts programs.  He lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.



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

11:00am

James Lee Burke

A reading and conversation with the master, James Lee Burke, author of two new novels since our last book festival: The Jealous Kind and House of the Rising Sun.


Speakers
avatar for James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories. He lives in Missoula, Montana.



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

11:00am

The Fundamentals of Pop-up Book Making: A Workshop with Simon Arizpe

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS FREE WORKSHOP (LIMIT 15 - ages 12 and above only). 

Learn the basic techniques of pop-up book engineering and paper mechanics in this hand-on free workshop, geared towards adults. During this workshop, participants will deconstruct the essential mechanisms from which all pop-up book structures are based, be familiarized with the tools and techniques used by professionals in the field, build examples of mechanisms for themselves, and look critically at the properties of each mechanism as well as how the mechanisms are interconnected. By the end of the workshop participants will have a basic understanding of paper engineering and the pop-up book field. 




Speakers
avatar for Simon Arizpe

Simon Arizpe

Simon Arizpe is an award winning paper engineer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His pop-up book work has received the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence and honorable mention from the Museum of Comic Book Art and Cartooning. The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Library and the School of Visual Arts Library have acquired his work for their permanent collections. | In addition to his design work Simon has been a guest... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 11:00am - 1:30pm
Holiday Inn 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Hair of the Dog
“Once they got a good whiff of who’d moved in, they all found better dens. Even mice and rats know better than to hang around us…” – Stephen Graham Jones, Mongrels.

Hair of the Dog (That Bit You, or Is About To): Readings, discussions, wicked Bloody Marys and whatever other tasty beverages you might need to get your pre-evening going. 

Moderators
avatar for David Allan Cates

David Allan Cates

He's the author of five novels, most recently Tom Connor's Gift, and a collection of poetry, The Mysterious Location of Kyrgyzstan. He teaches fiction in the Rainier Writing Workshop lo-residency MFA program, and he's the executive director of Missoula Medical Aid, a small non-profit that sends medical teams to Honduras and supports community health improvement projects there.

Speakers
avatar for Ted Van Alst

Ted Van Alst

Theodore C. Van Alst, Jr. is Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Native American Studies at the University of Montana. His edited volume The Faster Redder Road: The Best UnAmerican Stories of Stephen Graham Jones was released in April 2015 by the University of New Mexico Press. He has been interviewed by The Washington Post, Canadian Broadcast Corporation, Native America Calling, Smithsonian Magazine, and Al-Jazeera America Television and has... Read More →
avatar for Adrian L. Jawort

Adrian L. Jawort

Adrian Jawort is a freelance journalist and fiction writer from Lockwood, Montana. A Northern Cheyenne, he's lived on various Indian reservations and had founded Off the Path Press, LLC, which "aims to find true beauty in literature off the beaten path." Off the Path Press has produced two anthologies by indigenous writers, Off the Path, Volumes 1 and 2, and a novel by Adrian, Moonrise Falling. 
avatar for Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones

Stephen Graham Jones is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Colorado. He is the author of twenty-one books, including The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong, Ledfeather, The Gospel of Z, and Bleed into Me: A Book of Stories. The honors his work has received include the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse H. Jones Award for Fiction and the Independent Publisher Book Award for Multicultural Fiction. He... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge’s poetry collection “The Woman Who Married a Bear” (University ofNew Mexico Press) won the Kenyon Review’s Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry. Her previous collection “Outlaws, Renegades and Saints; Diary of a Mixed-up Halfbreed” (Greenfield Review Press) was awarded the Diane Decorah MemorialPoetry Prize. Her fiction from a work in progress called “Sex, Love, and... Read More →
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Sterling Holy White Mountain

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation, where he lived the first part of his life according to the laws of the old-time basketball religion. He received a BA in English Creative Writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and he was a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. He currently directs the writing center at Blackfeet Community... Read More →



Saturday September 24, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Union Club 208 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Bookfest Art Walk
**LIMIT 15 - PRE-REGISTER HERE.


The Bookfest Art Walk begins at Radius Gallery, a contemporary fine art gallery in the historic Higgins building.  Gallery owner and literary scholar Lisa Simon will take you on a spin of the current exhibition which features three Montana artists--James Todd, Megan Moore and Josh DeWeese.  Especially for the bookfest, Radius will exhibit the original wood-engraved portraits of writers first seen in The Last Best Place Anthology 28 years ago!  Richard Hugo, James Welch, Ivan Doig, Norman Maclean, Tom McGuane--all your favorites meticulously engraved by a Montana artist! 

A volunteer will then guide you to the Missoula Art Museum for an investigation of new exhibitions that engage storytelling in different ways: Stephen Glueckert’s humorous wit points to current affairs; Leslie Van Stavern Millar II’s whimsical constructions imagine Queen Elizabeth the First time traveling to Montana; Willem Volkersz explores the language of drawing and his adopted homeland; “Not Vanishing” is a survey of contemporary American Indian art; Courtney Blazon’s stream-of-consciousness narrative drawings center on the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora and “The Year Without A Summer;” and Karen McAlister Shimoda takes viewers on a walk through northwestern forests.



Saturday September 24, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Radius Gallery 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

The Author Luncheon with Paula McLain

Join us for a conversation between Richard Fifield, author of Flood Girls, and Paula McLain, author of New York Times Bestseller Circling the Sun. This event is limited capacity and $30. Ticket price includes a delicious Top Hat lunch and $10 off an purchased book. Purchase tickets at Fact & Fiction or online: http://tophatlounge.com/event/author-luncheon-with-paula-mclain-7324/


Speakers
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Richard Fifield

Richard Fifield earned his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in upstate New York. For the past twenty years he has worked as a social worker for adults with intellectual disabilities, while volunteering as a creative writing teacher in Missoula, Montana.
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Paula McLain

Paula McLain was born in Fresno, California in 1965. After being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next fourteen years. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself by working as a nurses aid in a convalescent hospital, a pizza delivery girl, an auto-plant worker, a cocktail waitress–before discovering she could (and... Read More →



Saturday September 24, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Top Hat Lounge 134 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Book'n It - Fun Run
Join us at the Missoula Public Library parking lot for a fun run around Missoula. Arrive between 12:30 - 1:00 to receive a printed course map. Run / walk the course at your own pace and return to MPL for a free copy of this year’s big, little, or middle read!

Saturday September 24, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Missoula Public Library 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Time as Technique: A Fiction Workshop with Virginia Reeves
Unlike life, fiction does not have to follow the rules of linear time. As writers, we get to bend, cut, reposition, and realign time to best serve our stories. In this workshop, we’ll explore a variety of different ways to use time to our advantage, enriching and expanding storylines and plot. We will look at examples from fiction, drama, and film, and we’ll spend plenty of time writing and rearranging our own work. Please bring a pen and paper or a laptop computer for in-session writing. 

$25 for Students, $40 General Public
Registration for this event will open August 20 at montanabookfestival.org

Speakers
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Virginia Reeves

Virginia Reeves is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. Her debut novel, Work Like Any Other, has been published internationally and translated into several languages. Her short fiction has appeared in The Common and The Baltimore Review and has been short-listed for the Tennessee Williams Fiction Contest and the Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award. She has... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Holiday Inn - Madison 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Literary Agent Pitch Session

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT

Literary agent Julie Stevenson, of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin in New York, has kindly offered her time as a fundraiser for the 2016 Montana Book Festival. 

She is eager to meet people for 10-minute, one-on-one sessions. The idea here is for participants to receive feedback and ask questions about pitches, pitch letters and the industry. Book-deals and agent-signings rarely happen in this type of environment - rather, Julie wants to offer guidance to writers, at all levels, interested in the process of publishing.

As an agent, she is drawn to fiction with unforgettable characters, an authorial command of voice, and a strong sense of narrative tension. She looks for work that explores the depths of human experience and the many facets of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and regional backgrounds. She's agented books that have won the Pulitzer Prize, the MWA Edgar Award, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, and the Carnegie Medal for Excellence. She represents upmarket fiction, suspense and thrillers, memoir, narrative nonfiction, young adult and children's books.


Speakers
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Julie Stevenson

Julie Stevenson is an agent at Lippincott Massie McQuilkin in New York. She is drawn to fiction with unforgettable characters, an authorial command of voice, and a strong sense of narrative tension. She looks for work that explores the depths of human experience and the many facets of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and regional backgrounds. Stevenson loves editing and contemplating craft and storytelling with clients. She... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Holiday Inn - Yellowstone 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Rejection Open Mic

“Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.” – James Lee Burke

We’ve all heard of “hopeful rejections”, and gotten advice on what to do with them. But what to do with the rest? This event is one answer. Join us for a celebration of rejection in all its forms – readings of rejection letters, rejection mashups, and rejection-based work.

Sign up in advance to share your best rejections, or just show up and add your name to the reading list (first come, first served). 3 minute max. reading time, please: montanabookfestival@gmail.com


 


Saturday September 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Holiday Inn 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Music + Story with Cowboy Andy and the Salamanders

Join local family-friendly rock group The Salamanders for a fun workshop on the art of writing and performing original music. The Salamanders will perform a few of their latest songs, and then engage participants to craft their own lyrics.


Saturday September 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

2:00pm

Twisted History
What happens when authors "twist" history inside out and upside down? Three authors of books for young readers talk about using techniques ranging from fantasy elements to magical realism to create stories that are historical, mostly historical, or just plain weird. Suggested ages 11-19.

Speakers
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Kent Davis

Kent Davis has spent most of his life making stories. He is an author, game designer, improviser, and actor. His colonial pirate fantasy for kids aged 10 to 100, A Riddle in Ruby (Greenwillow/HarperCollins), is on sale everywhere you can buy books. Book 2 of the Ruby trilogy, The Changer's Key, will be available at the Festival and then everywhere else 9/27. Kent and his game design partner, Chris Organ, are the two nerds behind the... Read More →
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Janet Fox

Author
Janet Fox writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction for children of all ages. Her published works include the non-fiction middle grade book Get Organized Without Losing It (Free Spirit, 2006), and three YA historical romances: Faithful (Speak/Penguin Group, 2010), Forgiven (Penguin, 2011), and Sirens (Penguin, 2012). Janet's debut middle grade novel The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle (Viking, 2016) has received starred reviews from... Read More →
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Meradeth Houston

Meradeth's never been a big fan of talking about herself, but if you really want to know, here are some tidbits about her:  she's a Northern California girl and now braving the cold winters in Montana; when she's not writing, she's sequencing dead people's DNA. For fun!  She's also an anthropology professor and loves getting people interested in studying humans. If she could have a super-power, it would totally be flying. Which is a little... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Missoula Public Library - Large Meeting Room 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Insight from Montana Publishers

Join representatives from Montana presses and literary journals, including Brian Schott (Whitefish Review), Kathy Springmeyer (Farcountry), John Rimel (Mountain Press) and Charles Finn (High Desert Journal), as they discuss what and how they publish, the content they look for and what makes Montana publishing distinctive.


Moderators
Speakers
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Charles Finn

Charles Finn is the author of Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (OSU Press 2012) and editor of High Desert Journal a literary and fine arts magazine dedicated to the interior West. His essays and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, and consumer magazines.
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John Rimel

Publisher, Mountain Press Publishing Company
John Rimel is the publisher at Mountain Press Publishing in Missoula, Montana. It is a regional press that has achieved national recognition for its books for both young and old on natural history and history. He served as president of the Rocky Mountain Book Publishers Association and as a board member of the Publisher's Association of the West. A native Montanan, John is active locally, serving as a trustee of the Historical Museum at Fort... Read More →
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Brian Schott

Brian Schott is the founding editor of Whitefish Review, a small literary journal that has landed him big interviews with celebrities like Tom Brokaw and David Letterman. His writing and photography has been featured in The Boston Globe, New York Post, and other national publications. In conjunction with the Whitefish Education Foundation, he directs a writing coach program at Whitefish High School. Brian has a Master of... Read More →
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Kathy Springmeyer

Kathy Springmeyer has worked in publishing for over 40 years. She is the Director of Publications for Farcountry Press and Sweetgrass Books, which is an award-winning regional publisher based in Helena, MT.  Farcountry Press specializes in color photography books which showcase the nation’s cities, states, national parks, and wildlife. Farcountry also publishes children’s books, including  their popular Who Pooped in... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom A 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Mothers Who Write
Finding time to write as a mother is no easy task, but these ladies make it happen. Learn some tricks, commiserate over typing out stories on laptops or phones while breastfeeding, and maybe get a few tips on how to make it all work without losing your mind. 

Elke Govertson runs a magazine, writes, and does freelance work on the side. Sarah Aswell is a comedian and content extraordinaire. Emily Freeman teaches writing along with freelancing and working for Submittable. Stephanie Land writes full-time as a freelancer and somehow makes a living at it as a single mom. 

Come prepared with questions, or just to hear some stories of frustration, melt-downs, and exuberant joys of getting assignments done in the midst of chaos. 

Moderators
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Emily Withnall

Emily Withnall is a writer, teacher, and queer solo parent of two daughters. Originally from the high mountain desert of New Mexico, she survives the winter and cold of Montana by writing dark essays and odes to the sun. She currently teaches two classes at the University of Montana, teaches poetry to 4th graders with the Missoula Writing Collaborative, tutors in the writing center, and serves as the Community Relations Coordinator for the... Read More →

Speakers
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Sarah Aswell

Sarah Aswell is a freelance writer who holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana. Her work has been published in The Advocate, The Gettysburg Review, and McSweeney’s among others. She balances her writing between creating marketing content for local and national businesses, writing essays, and writing short humor pieces. She lives in Missoula, Montana, with her husband, a sports journalist, and... Read More →
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Emily Freeman

Emily H. Freeman earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and has taught writing at various schools and nonprofits in MN, NY, and MT. She has received grants and fellowships from the MN State Arts Board, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, and the MN Jewish Arts Council. Emily's fiction and nonfiction writing has appeared in the Best New American Voices... Read More →
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Elke Goverston

Elke Govertsen is the Founder and Editor of Mamalode. She has been featured in Real Simple, Where Women Create, 406 Woman, Ad Tech, and Entrepreneur. She speaks on a variety of topics, from social media to overcoming poverty. She also leads the Learn As You Go lecture series for small businesses and is passionate about economic development in Montana. Her special skills include extreme bootstrapping, overcoming obstacles and creating... Read More →
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Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through the Center for Community Change, and through the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her memoir, MAID: A Single Mother's Journey from Cleaning House to Finding Home, is forthcoming through Hachette Books.


Saturday September 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom C 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Exploring Race Through Creative Writing

Four authors from diverse backgrounds will read and converse on the influence race plays in their writing, as well as their academic and creative experience. Participants: Rachel Harper, Lily Hoang, Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz and Sunil Yapa.


Moderators
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Asta So

Asta So was born in Hong Kong and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she studied English literature and creative writing at Stanford University. She writes both fiction and nonfiction and received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Montana.

Speakers
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Rachel Harper

Rachel M. Harper is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, Brass Ankle Blues, was a Borders Original Voices Award finalist and selected as a Target Breakout Book. Her newest novel, This Side of Providence, will be published in April 2016; it was recently adapted into an original television pilot, City of Providence. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies including Black... Read More →
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Lily Hoang

Lily Hoang is the author of four books: Unfinished, The Evolutionary Revolution, Changing (recipient of a PEN Beyond Margins Award), and Parabola (winner of the 2006 Chiasmus Press “Un-Doing the Novel” Contest). With Blake Butler, she edited the anthology 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction by Young Writers. Hoang serves as co-director of Puerto del Sol, Editor at Tarpaulin Sky... Read More →
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Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz

Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz is a writer and photographer.  Her work has appeared in various onlineand print journals, in over 40 anthologies, and on coffee mugs and cans.  A Vermont StudioCenter fellow, Mintz is the author of two fiction chapbooks, “Where I’ll Be If I’m Not There”and “Mother Love.” 
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Sunil Yapa

Author, YOUR HEART IS A MUSCLE THE SIZE OF A FIST
Sunil Yapa’s debut novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is the lead title for Lee Boudreaux’s eponymous new imprint, Lee Boudreaux Books at Little, Brown & Company. The publication date is January 2016.  | | Sunil Yapa holds a BA in economic geography from Penn State University, and received his MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in New York City in 2010, where he worked with Peter Carey, Colum McCann, Claire... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Holiday Inn - Gallatin-Jefferson 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Robert Michael Pyle

Join celebrated author Robert Michael Pyle for a reading and discussion. His newly released book of poetry (Chinook and Chanterelle) is rich in natural images, stories, and indelible episodes from the whole world around us. Pyle's poems also track the territory of loss and grief as it rises onto the higher ground of rediscovery, redemption, and re-enchantment. He will also be introducing his next book of prose: Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature, and and reading a short piece about how such a long career in the literature of the land began, developed, and how it goes on. Pyle was the 2006 Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer in Environmental Studies here at the University of Montana


Speakers
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Robert Michael Pyle

Robert Michael Pyle writes essay, poetry, and fiction from an old Swedish farmstead along a tributary of the Lower Columbia River in southwestern Washington. His twenty books include Wintergreen and The Tangled Bank. A Guggenheim Fellow, he has received the John Burroughs Medal and several other writing awards. Pyle’s poems have appeared in magazines including the North American Review, and in a chapbook, Letting... Read More →



Saturday September 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom B 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

I Can't Stop Looking at the Sky: A Journey in Eleven Dispatches

Traveling to the American West, musician Bill Price discovered and rediscovered some essential ideas about life. These ideas—that trip's resulting revelations as well as its continuing mysteries—are the inspiration behind his project, I Can't Stop Looking at the Sky. Join Bill and cellist Grover Parido for a presentation on the journey.

 


Moderators
Speakers
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Bill Price

"It's all right with me if you want to go home. It's all right with me – I can sink on my own. But I will be the last refugee." So goes the chorus of singer-songwriter Bill Price's final song, "The Last Refugee," written for and connected to his ambitious "I Can't Stop Looking at the Sky" musical, literary and design odyssey. He says it sums up not only the project but also what it's like to be a creative person with an artistic vision that... Read More →



Saturday September 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Holiday Inn - Boardroom 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Vibrant Lives and Crossroads

These fiction authors pen masterful short (and longer) works with unforgettable characters that face off and move on. Readings by Glen Cha.m.berlain (All I Want is What You’ve Got), Matthew R. K. Haynes (Friday), and Sam Ligon (Wonderland, Among the Dead and Dreaming).


Moderators
Speakers
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Glen Chamberlain

Glen Chamberlain has received the Pushcart Prize for the best writing in America’s small presses, the first Gilcrease Prize for fiction, and the Rona Jaffe Award for both fiction and creative nonfiction. The Rona Jaffe Foundation named her “one of the most promising women writers in the nation.” Her first collection of stories,Conjugations of the Verb To Be, was chosen as an honor book by the Montana Book Award. For 26 years... Read More →
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Matthew R. K. Haynes

Publisher, Educe Press
Matthew R. K. Haynes earned his M.A. in Fiction and M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Boise State University. His first novel, Moving Towards Home, was published in 1999. His newest novella, Friday, was published in 2015. He was been a finalist for the Faulkner Award in Nonfiction, Writer’s Digest Award in Fiction, and Glimmer Train Award for Short Short Fiction. His collection of multi-genre writing... Read More →
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Samuel Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe inHeaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by StephenKnezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He edits the journal Willow Springs, teaches at EasternWashington University in Spokane, and is the artistic director of the Port TownsendWriters’ Conference.  | |


Saturday September 24, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom D 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

The Power of Voice: Susan Adrian & Blythe Woolston
Two imaginative young adult writers will help young writers nurture their own writing voice and discover the power of voice in fiction.  Suggested ages 11-19.

Speakers
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Susan Adrian

Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. She danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. Tunnel Vision, a YA SF thriller, is her debut novel.
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Blythe Woolston

Blythe Woolston's most recent book is MARTians, the "hilariously surreal (yet tragic)" story of ZERO | Coming next are a picture book and A Book That Sadly Needs A Title. | Talk to Blythe about words or worlds. | Her debut YA novel, THE FREAK OBSERVER, earned the William C. Morris Award. BLACK HELICOPTERS, a novel about terror and terrorism, earned a Montana Book Award honor and the High Plains Book Award for YA. |


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Missoula Public Library - Large Meeting Room 301 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Exploring Gender in Poetry and Prose

A reading by and conversation with four authors whose work challenges constructed gender and whose indie publishers defy the mainstream: Teresa Carmody, Paula Marie Coomer, S.R. Stewart and Diane Raptosh.


Moderators
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Susan McLachlin

I am a new emigre to Mizzoula from Canada, looking to enjoy every moment of the Montana experience. I have volunteered most of my life and I know that this is the quintessential way to meet new friends and to enter a new community. I am a writer of LGBT fiction, a partner in a new relationship and a lover of all things literature.

Speakers
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Teresa Carmody

Teresa Carmody’s books include Maison Femme (a collaboration with Vanessa Place), Requiem, and three chapbooks: I Can Feel, Eye Hole Adore and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne. She is the co-founding director of Les Figues Press and is currently pursuing a PhD in English/Creative Writing at the University of Denver.
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Paula Marie Coomer

Paula Marie Coomer is a poet, novelist, sometimes food writer, and a writer of short fictions. The daughter of over two hundred years of Kentucky Appalachian farmers and mixed-blood heritage,she lived most of her childhood in the industrial Ohio River town of New Albany, Indiana. Ms.Coomer is the author of five books of literary prose and poetry, including her newest novel, Jagged Edge of the Sky, as well as the food memoir, Blue Moon... Read More →
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Diane Raptosh

Professor of English, The College of Idaho
Diane Raptosh’s fourth book of poetry, American Amnesiac, published by Etruscan Press, was long-listed for the 2013 National Book Award. She is the recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. She served as Boise Poet Laureate (2013), as well as is the Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013-2016) which is the highest literary honor in the state. An active poetry ambassador, she has given poetry workshops... Read More →
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S.R. Stewart

Poet and journalist from the Pacific Northwest.


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom C 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Earthquakes, Volcanoes & Biomimicry: Writing Wondrous Natural Phenomena

How do we align with nature? What is magma chemistry? Why did Yellowstone have an earthquake in 1959? Three nature experts, Densie DeLuca ([Re]Aligning with Nature), Ian Lange (Volcanoes: What's Hot and What's Not), Larry E. Morris (The 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake), will discuss their individual research and discoveries about the natural world.


Moderators
Speakers
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Denise DeLuca

The daughter of two nature-loving scientists, Denise DeLuca has integrated her foundation in engineering with her deep understanding of nature’s amazing evolutionary strategies. Denise is a sought-after speaker, educator, and consultant whose career includes years of environmental consulting before taking on the role of Outreach Director during the formative years of The Biomimicry Institute. While living in Europe, Denise co-founded BCI... Read More →
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Ian Lange

Ian Lange, a graduate of Dartmouth College, with a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in geology and stable isotope geochemistry, has studied volcanic rocks and mineral deposits in Peru, the continental United States, and British Columbia. He has worked for exploration companies as well as for his own personal love of the topic. Dr. Lange has also assessed mineral deposits for the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska. In addition, he has been... Read More →
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Larry E. Morris

Larry E. Morris is an independent writer and historian. Born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho, he has been very interested in the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake since he visited the site with his parents and brother and sister in the early 1960s. He was particularly moved by the plaque honoring the twenty-eight people who perished in the disaster, and his book tells the human drama of the campers caught in the tremendous landslide and subsequent... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Holiday Inn - Glacier 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Men Reading Women: Montana Writers and the Women Authors Who Inspire Them

The idea for this panel was inspired by the recent controversy surrounding Gay Talese and his difficulty responding to a question about women writers who inspired him. No doubt you know about the frenzy that erupted surrounding Gay’s comments, and for me it got me thinking about women writers who have inspired me, and that got me thinking about women writers who have inspired writers I know and admire. Wouldn’t it be interesting, I thought, to get the top male writers in the West together and have a discussion about the women writers who influenced them?

With that in mind, I reached out to three such writers: Shann Ray, Joe Wilkins, and Russell Rowland; all who have enthusiastically agreed to sit on a panel and talk about the women writers who have influenced their work. Our idea is to have a general discussion about the topic and if time permits each panelist will read a short passage or two from the work of the women who have been inspirational to them.


Speakers
avatar for Charles Finn

Charles Finn

Charles Finn is the author of Wild Delicate Seconds: 29 Wildlife Encounters (OSU Press 2012) and editor of High Desert Journal a literary and fine arts magazine dedicated to the interior West. His essays and poetry have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, and consumer magazines.
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Shann Ray

Shann Ray grew up in Montana, spent part of his childhood on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeast Montana and has served as a visiting scholar in Europe, Asia, and South America. His books include the poetry collection Balefire, the novel American Copper, and the story collection American Masculine.  He is also the author of a work of political theory called Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity. His poetry... Read More →
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Russell Rowland

Russell Rowland is a fourth generation Montanan, born in Bozeman in 1957. He has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Boston University. His latest book is his first non-fiction effort, titled Fifty-Six Counties: A Montana Journey. He has published three novels, In Open Spaces, The Watershed Years, and High and Inside. In Open Spaces made the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list, and was named among the Best of... Read More →
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Joe Wilkins

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing up on the Big Dry, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro—and two previous books of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His most recent full-length collection, When We Were Birds, was... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom A 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

4 Inland Northwest Presses
The panel will consist of poet-organizers from four relatively young organizations in the Inland NW in which we will introduce the work we do in our respective locales and talk about the why and how of our burgeoning literary endeavors. The reading will showcase authors from each organization. 

Educe Press - Matthew Haynes, Colin Cote
Open Country Press - Henrietta Goodman - readers: Jason Theroux, Ellen Welcker
Sage Hill Press - Thom Caraway - reader: Ben Cartwright
Scablands Books - Sharma Shields - readers: Simeon Mills, Tim Greenup 

Moderators
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Melissa Huggins

Melissa Huggins is the director of Get Lit! Programs, which includes the Get Lit! Festival, Spokane Youth Book Festival, and creative writing programs for K-12 students. She has an MFA from Eastern Washington University and spends her spare moments writing fiction, essays, book reviews, and more. Her essay "Stranger Danger" was recently included in the Railtown Almanac anthology, and her interviews with Joyce Carol Oates, William T. Vollmann... Read More →

Speakers
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Thom Caraway

Thom Caraway is the editor of Rock & Sling, a journal of witness, and the publisher of Sage Hill Press. His poetry has appeared in Ascent, Redivider, Smartish Pace, and elsewhere. From 2013-2015, he served as Spokane's poet laureate.  He teaches at Whitworth University.
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Ben Cartwright

Ben Cartwright's poetry appears in Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, West Branch, and The Stinging Fly, among others. He is the recipient of the Ana Damjanov prize from the Academy of American Poets. His audio recordings of the poets Kenneth Irby, Fred Moten, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis are included in the PennSound archive. Ben's poetry manuscript, After Our Departure, won the 2016 Powder Horn Prize judged by Nance Van Winckel and will be published... Read More →
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Colin Cote

Colin Cote lives and works in Butte, Montana. He is a graduate of St. John's University in Collegeville, MN. He writes poetry and short fiction.
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Henrietta Goodman

Henrietta Goodman is the author of two books of poetry: Hungry Moon (Mountain West Poetry Series, 2013) and Take What You Want (Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books, 2007). Her poems have been published in Southern Humanities Review, 32 Poems, New England Review, Field, Gulf Coast, and other journals. She has received fellowships and residencies from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Montana Arts Council, and the Marjorie Davis Boyden... Read More →
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Tim Greenup

Tim Greenup's poems have appeared in Midwestern Gothic, BOAAT, Redivider, and elsewhere. His debut collection, Without Warning, is forthcoming from Scablands Books. He teaches English at Spokane Falls Community College.
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Matthew R. K. Haynes

Publisher, Educe Press
Matthew R. K. Haynes earned his M.A. in Fiction and M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Boise State University. His first novel, Moving Towards Home, was published in 1999. His newest novella, Friday, was published in 2015. He was been a finalist for the Faulkner Award in Nonfiction, Writer’s Digest Award in Fiction, and Glimmer Train Award for Short Short Fiction. His collection of multi-genre writing... Read More →
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Simeon Mills

Simeon Mills is a cartoonist and writer living in Spokane, Washington. His graphic stories are included in various journals, such as The Florida Review, Okey-Panky and Rock & Sling. His graphic novel, Butcher Paper, was recently published by Scablands Books. 
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Sharma Shields

Author, Autumn House Press
Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac. Sharma’s writing has appeared in Electric Lit, The New York Times, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Fugue, and elsewhere and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist... Read More →
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Jason Theroux

Jason Theroux has published poems in Cedilla and has work forthcoming in Poems Across the Big Sky and Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing. He lives in Missoula.
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Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker is a poet and co-facilitator of Scablands Lit, an organization that supports writers in the Inland Northwest. Recent poems are in Dusie, Willow Springs, Pinwheel, and Fact-Simile. Her book, The Botanical Garden (Astrophil Press) won the 2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Ram Hands, is forthcoming from Scablands Books in 2017.


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom D 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

Folly, Scavengers and Men in Pain

A reading of fierce short stories displaying scope and savageness, writing that refuses to shy away for our strange and dark contemporary world: Monica Drake (The Folly of Loving Life), Becky Hagenston (Scavengers: Stories) and Tim O'Leary (Dick Cheney Shot Me in the Face, And Other Tales of Men in Pain).


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Speakers
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Monica Drake

Monica Drake is the author of three books, Clown Girl, The Stud Book and most recently The Folly of Loving Life. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, New York Times, Oregon Humanities Magazine, The Sun, The Rumpus, Three Penny Review, and other publications on-line, in print and anthologized. She launched the BFA in Writing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she is currently an Associate Professor in... Read More →
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Becky Hagenston

Becky Hagenston is the author of three story collections: Scavengers, which was chosen by Benjamin Percy as the winner of the 2015 Permafrost Prize; Strange Weather (winner of the Spokane Prize); and A Gram of Mars (winner of Sarabande Books’ Mary McCarthy Prize). Herwork has been selected twice for the O. Henry Award and has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, One Teen Story, Subtropics, The Southern... Read More →
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Tim O'Leary

Born in Billings, Montana, Tim O’Leary enjoyed a long career in the advertising and television industries, and as a nonfiction writer, before embarking on a full time literary career in 2015. Since then his award-winning stories have been published in a wide variety of magazines, journals, and anthologies. In 2016 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was a finalist for the Nivalis Prize, and in 2015 he won the Aestas Short Story... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Holiday Inn - Garden City Ballroom B 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

4:00pm

University of Montana Campus Literary Magazine Reading, hosted by the Mansfield Library

Hosted by the Mansfield Library, we will invite poets and writers to read from their work published in the three campus literary publications:

The Oval: It is our mission to provide a fresh outlet for new and young artists to express themselves, their ideas and passions to the world through the medium of print. We are undergraduates committed to showcasing literary and artistic works from our peers.

Cutbank: We’re proud of CutBank‘s forty years as Montana’s foremost literary magazine, founded in 1973 by the Creative Writing program at the University of Montana and helmed initially by favorite literary son William Kittredge. We publish two print issues a year of compelling poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction by established writers and new voices alike.

Camas: Camas aims to cultivate novel ideas and perspectives while remaining rooted in the inherited traditions of art and literature of the American West. Founded by Environmental Studies graduate students at the University of Montana in 1992, Camas is a biannual environmental literary magazine that continues to be produced by students in the Environmental Studies program. Our goals are to encourage a dialogue on environmental and cultural issues in the West; celebrate the people who work, study, write, and live here; and provide an opportunity for students and emerging writers to publish their work alongside established environmental authors.

Participants:

Writers from Camas, the Oval, and CutBank literary magazines.

Saturday September 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Holiday Inn - Gallatin-Jefferson 200 S Pattee St, Missoula, MT 59802

5:30pm

MBF Contest Winners Celebration + Reading

Join us in honoring the winners of the Montana Book Festival's first Regional Emerging Writer’s Contest, chosen by author judges from our 2015 event. Grand Prize Winner (and poet) Mary Christensen was selected by Rick Barot, nonfiction winner Julia Milan was picked by Kate Bolick, and Jeffery Renard Allen selected Cody T Luff for fiction.


Speakers
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Mary Christensen

Mary Leauna Christensen is an emerging writer who focuses on the liminal and what it means to reside in various borderlands, and the strangeness that seems to bring. She also enjoys playing with words in a way that makes readers slightly uncomfortable. Needless to say, she is a fan of anything creepy and odd. Mary has lived in Southwest deserts, in kudzo infested Appalachia, and currently lives in the forever wet Pacific Northwest with an... Read More →
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Cody T Luff

Cody T Luff grew up listening to stories in his grandfather’s barber shop as he shined shoes, stories told to him at bedsides and on front porches, deep in his father’s favorite woods, and in the cabs of pickup trucks on lonely dirt roads. Cody’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Pilgrimage, Cirque, KYSO Flash Anthology Volume 2, Menda City Review, Swamp Biscuits & Tea, and others. He earned an MFA from Goddard College, teaches in... Read More →
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Julia Milan

Julia Milan grew up in Montana's Bitterroot Valley with her parents, one sister, and an assortment of barnyard animals. Despite bouncing like a maniac around the lower-48 for most of her adult life, she firmly self identifies as a Kid of the West and lives with her dog, Annie Oakley, in Montana or maybe Washington. She studied nonfiction creative writing and wildlife biology at the University of Montana and has been published in TransWorld... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

5:30pm

Salvage and The Way Summer Ends: A Lost Horse Press Book Launch

Join Lost Horse Press for a book launch, reading & book signing featuring two University of Montana creative writing alumni. Thomas Aslin is the author of Salvage, a poetry collection of felt spaces and emotional depth, and Thomas Mitchell’s The Way Summer Ends is a first collection of poems that celebrates the quotidian, including the tools which shape it, but also strike back, bite, cut.


Speakers
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Thomas Aslin

Born in Spokane, Thomas Aslin was educated at the University of Washington and the University of Montana where he studied with Madeline DeFrees, William Kittredge, and Richard Hugo and earned an MFA. In addition to this volume, Aslin has published a chapbook and a full-length collection, A Moon Over Wings, which was a finalist in 2009 for the Washington State Book Award. Since retiring from driving metropolitan buses, Aslin spends his time in... Read More →
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Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell studied writing at California State University, Sacramento where he received his MA in English, and worked with the poet, Dennis Schmitz. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, studying with Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and William Kittredge. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The New England Review, New Letters, Quarterly West, The New Orleans... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

5:30pm

Hatch: Art + Text

*Please note: this exhibit can also be visited before and after the reading:  Fri 11-6, Sat and Sun 12-6

Radius Gallery Sidecar

“Hatch” is an experiment in poetry, memoir, and installation. It began as a chapbook of poems exploring a child's near-death experience, recovery, and exuberant embrace of life and language. Images from the poems are extended into the gallery space, made from materials which reach back to touch prehistoric rituals surrounding the afterlife, objects from the nursery, and medical flotsam. Visual humor frees us to lighten up about death and disability, even as we confront their mysteries.

Many pieces invite the viewer into the symbol-rich world of childhood, where archetypal forces are encountered in the primal theater of play. As children work to find their place in a mysterious world, themes of struggle, mortality, safety, rescue, absurdity, magic, and the limits of our agency appear again and again. Like play, art is a form of ritual—a highly charged field of action in which our relationship to forces beyond our control can shift and re-form.

"Electrifying. This is transformation art!" —David James Duncan

"By embracing the beauties and brutalities of parenthood, these finely crafted poems transcend their milieu and become poems about co-existing here on earth. At their core is a heart so large its beats knock you off-kilter, until 'your head finds the balancing point and your arms orchestrate themselves in the air to the unheard tune of angels, cavorting by millions on the tip of a pen.'" -- Chris Dombrowski



Speakers
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Jenny Montgomery

Jenny (Seymore) Montgomery’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Spectrum, Unsplendid, Switched-on Gutenberg, the New York Times, Gathering of the Tribes, and the Cairo Times.  She was educated at the Evergreen State College and Columbia University and lives in Missoula with her family.



Saturday September 24, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Radius Gallery 114 E Main St, Missoula, MT 59802

7:30pm

Poetry Slam
Poetry Slam
16 poets
4 rounds
one winner
free admission
open slots
406-818-111



Saturday September 24, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Top Hat Lounge 134 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

7:30pm

Gala Reading with Maile Meloy, Shobha Rao and Leigh Stein

Three tremendous storytellers will read at this special event. Leigh Stein, Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Out of the Binders, shares from her memoir Land of Enchantment, followed by Shobha Rao, celebrated debut author of the collection An Unrestored Woman. Maile Meloy, renowned writer of Montana roots, distinguished for both adult and youth fiction, will preview her forthcoming novel, the story of children who get lost on a family vacation and fail to realize the danger they’re in.


Speakers
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Maile Meloy

Maile Meloy is the author of the novels Liars and Saints andA Family Daughter and the story collections Half in Love andBoth Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by the New York Times Book Review and one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and Amazon.com. She has also written a trilogy for young readers, beginning... Read More →
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Shobha Rao

Shobha Rao moved to the US from India at the age of seven. She is the winner of the 2014 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, awarded by Nimrod International Journal. She has been a resident at Hedgebrook and is the recipient of the Elizabeth George Foundation fellowship. Her story Kavitha and Mustafa was chosen by TC Boyle for inclusion in the Best American Short Stories 2015. She lives in San Francisco.
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Leigh Stein

Working at the intersection of literature and activism, Leigh Stein is the author of three books, and the co-founder and Executive Director of Out of the Binders, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender non-conforming writers. Her début novel The Fallback Plan made the "highbrow brilliant" quadrant of New York Magazine's Approval Matrix, and her poetry... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 7:30pm - 9:30pm
The Wilma Theatre 131 S Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

9:00pm

CutBank Afterparty
Keep the party going with CutBank at Le Petit Outre. We'll clear the floor and bust a move. There will be a DJ, there will be drinks, there will be a disco light. Not to be missed! 


Saturday September 24, 2016 9:00pm - Sunday September 25, 2016 12:00am
Le Petite Outre 129 S 4th St W, Missoula, MT 59801
 
Sunday, September 25
 

9:30am

Self-publishing Children's Books
A veteran elementary teacher and a former textile artist share their self-published, illustrated creations: Patricia Ann Homes (Little Toad Meets Hobbs) and Cindy Owings (Flouncy, Leafy, & Wooly Go Wild in Wonderland). 

Moderators
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Lucy Torgrimson

Intern
Lucy Torgrimson was born and grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota. She is a student of the University of Montana. She is a double major in Creative Writing and German. Her thriving goal in life is to become a successful novelist.

Speakers
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Patricia Ann Holmes

Patricia Ann Holmes is the author and illustrator of three Little Toad books – the latest being Little Toad Meets Hobbs and will be introducing a fouth good, Mayzee Mouse at the Book Festival. She lives with her husband, Curtis, near the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains in Montana. Patty has three children and four grandchildren. Her son, Brent, is a High School CAD/CAM teacher; her daughter, Kerrie, is a third grade... Read More →
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Cindy Owings

A textile artist, retired from the fashion business, she started writing in earnest at age 70. During 2015 she spent 12 months writing the story about her 23-year design and manufacturing business, titled The Purple Blanket, The Whimsical Story of a Montana Small Town Business that Goes International (publication forthcoming). When her straw bale Blue Bird Studio was finished October 2015, she designed, stitched, and dressed wild animal... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

9:30am

Camo Queen and Divorce Style
Join two sassy self-published authors, Kristen Berube (Confessions of a Camo Queen) and Kahty McEnery (The Style Guide to Divorce) for their unique approach to writing the book you were meant to write.

Moderators
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Geoff Badenoch

I was born and raised in Montana and Missoula has been my home for over 35 years. Participating in events like the Montana Book Festival are, in my opinion, an expression of citizenship; it's something that makes life in our community richer for me and my friends and neighbors.

Speakers
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Kristen Berube

Kristen Berube lives a crazy, laugh-filled life with her outdoorsman husband Remi and their three camo-clad children in Missoula, Montana. A graduate of Montana State University and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, she loves being a mom and enjoys hiking, fishing, and camping. Confessions of a Camo Queen is her first book.
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Kathy McEnery

NaNoWriMo. Hailing from Chicago, but living in Montana. Being a lawyer and writing in my spare time. Self-publishing. Divorce humor.


Sunday September 25, 2016 9:30am - 10:30am
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

11:00am

The Rail: What was Really Doin' in the 60's Bronx
Join us for a reading by Tommy Donovan, whose coming-of-age memoir, The Rail: What Was Really Doin' in the '60s Bronx!, depicts the struggles of the son of an Irish immigrant growing up in an all-Jewish neighborhood in the Bronx before and during the 1960s. 

Moderators
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Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer has lived in Missoula most of her adult life. Perhaps she was your waitress or grocery store clerk. Nowadays she and her camera can be found near the baseball park osprey nest or volunteering at music festivals and other community events. This will be her fourth year volunteering at Montana Book Festival.

Speakers
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Tommy Donovan

Author, Tommy Donovan Books
Tommy Donovan's recently published memoir, The Rail: What Was Really Doin' in the 60's Bronx, is a coming-of-age story of the son of an Irish immigrant living in an all-Jewish neighborhood, set between the end of WW2 and the emergence of the turbulent 1960s. Having done everything from being in the merchant marine, to sports-massage therapist, to hospice staff, Tommy has lived a full and adventurous life. He currently teaches in the Honors... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Green Ribbon Books 829 S. Higgins St., Missoula, MT 59801

11:00am

Writing Through Disability
This event will address writing with an invisible illness, visible illness, and/or disability, including mental illness such as depression, bi-polar, or anxiety. Panelists Jen Kartenick, Stephanie Land, Travis Laurence Naught, Ryan Prior and Leigh Stein.

Speakers
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Jen Karetnick

Jen Karetnick is the author of three full-length books of poetry, including the forthcoming books American Sentencing (Winter Goose Publishing, May 2016) and The Treasures That Prevail (Whitepoint Press, September 2016), as well as four poetry chapbooks. She is the winner of the 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize for Poetry and runner-up for the 2015 Atlantis Prize and 2016 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize. Her work has been... Read More →
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Stephanie Land

Stephanie Land's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Vox, Salon, and many other outlets. She focuses on social and economic justice as a writing fellow through the Center for Community Change, and through the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her memoir, MAID: A Single Mother's Journey from Cleaning House to Finding Home, is forthcoming through Hachette Books.
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Travis Laurence Naught

Travis Laurence Naught is an author who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. Prior to taking up a full-time struggle with words, he spent 10 years volunteering with the Eastern Washington University Men's Basketball team. Travis earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and completed graduate work in sports psychology while at Eastern. ASD Publishing released The Virgin Journals, Travis's poetry memoir, in 2012. It was used as... Read More →
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Ryan Prior

Ryan is a multimedia journalist and social entrepreneur. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Georgia Political Review and went on to jobs writing for The Daily Beast and USA Today. His reporting and commentary have also appeared in The American Conservative, Real Clear Politics, and several other publications. Currently working at CNN, he was selected as a 2014 Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar and was... Read More →
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Leigh Stein

Working at the intersection of literature and activism, Leigh Stein is the author of three books, and the co-founder and Executive Director of Out of the Binders, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to advancing the careers of women and gender non-conforming writers. Her début novel The Fallback Plan made the "highbrow brilliant" quadrant of New York Magazine's Approval Matrix, and her poetry... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

11:00am

UM Press Presents

The session will consist of:

a) Short introduction to the UM Press: Gerald Fetz, Director

b) Reading of Poetry by Randall Gloege from his soon-to-be-published book "The Bunch Grass Motel. the Collected Poems of Randall Gloege" ed. by Bernard Quetchenbach. (UM Press)To be read by either Tami Haaland or Bernard Quetchenbach. 

c) Reading from Bill Knowles soon-to-be-published book "'We Pause for Station Identificaion': Montana's Broadcasting Pioneers." (UM Press). To be read by Bill Knowles. 

d) Memorial Reading and Panel Discussion about the Poetry of Eduardo Chirinos (1960-2016). Readings by Prageeta Sharma, Diego Burgos Gomez, and others. From the soon-to-be-published bilingual volume of poetry, "The Bayard Street Tightrope Walker," and other titles. 


Speakers
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Gerald A. Fetz

Gerald Fetz is the Director of the University of Montana Press. He is Professor and Dean Emeritus (German Studies/Davidson Honors College and College of Arts and Sciences) at the University of Montana, having taught and served as an academic administrator at UM since 1970. He is also Co-Editor of the UM Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone E-Magazine.
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Bill Knowles

Bill Knowles has consumed, worked in, taught, or advised about mass media for virtually his entire life. He retired with professor emeritus rank from the University of Montana School of Journalism faculty in 2006 after a 21-year career there, which followed a 23-year career as a television news producer and executive. Knowles managed ABC News bureaus in Washington (DC), Atlanta, and Los Angeles, traveled frequently with Presidents Nixon, Ford... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 11:00am - 12:15pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

12:00pm

Regional MFA Brunch
Join us for tasty bites, brunch-libations and short readings from local and regional MFA candidates in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. 

Moderators
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Jordan Chesnut

Outreach Coordinator

Speakers
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Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson is a poet, essayist, and psychotherapist based in Missoula, MT. Her work can be found in Cirque, Zymbol, the Portland Review, and Psychology Tomorrow, among others. She angles for fish and pie.
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Ashley Barr

Ashley Barr lives in Boise, Idaho where she spends all of her free time searching WebMD and considering the intolerable cuteness of her cats. She is an organizer for Ghosts & Projectors a poetry reading series, an MFA candidate at Boise State University, and a graduate of The College of Idaho. Her first chapbook Call the Bees to Come was published by dancing girl press in April 2015.
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Renee Branum

Renee Branum is working toward an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared in Blackbird, The Long Story, and Fields Magazine. Her top three right now: Taco Bell breakfast, fireworks, and MTV's "Catfish." She does not know how to french braid. 
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Leah Butterwick

Leah Butterwick is an emerging writer who grew up in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, a town that definitely exists even if it sounds made up. After traveling around the Northeast U. S., the U. K., and a fun stint in Western Europe, she crossed the U. S. and has settled in the Pacific Northwest, where she’s adopted the world’s two most polite cats. Leah writes fiction, with a particular focus on flash fiction, and is finishing her MFA in... Read More →
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Kathryn Jensen

Kathryn Jensen is an MFA candidate in poetry at Boise State University with interests in media, technology, and narrative. She watches a lot of television. 
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Colin Johnson

Editorial Assistant, Ahsahta Press
Current MFA candidate in poetry at Boise State University, editorial & design assistant for Ahsahta Press, student-editor for Free Poetry, former poetry editor for the Idaho Review. 
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KJ Kern

KJ Kern is from Phoenix, Arizona. He goes to school in Missoula. His favorite season of The Wire is four.
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Lisa Laughlin

Lisa Laughlin lives in Spokane, WA, where she's pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Belmont Story Review, Hippocampus Magazine, Orion's "Place Where You Live" section, and is forthcoming in Sweet: A Literary Confection. She is the current nonfiction editor at Willow Springs Magazine and is the nonfiction editor for The Swamp. When she's tired of writing she goes running.
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Virginia Thomas

Virginia Thomas is an MFA candidate at Eastern Washington University’s Northwest Center for Writers. Her poetry has appeared in Stonecoast Review and is forthcoming in Weber—The Contemporary West. She was born and raised in northwest Wyoming, and now resides in Spokane, Washington with her husband and their cat.


Sunday September 25, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Mining your dreams: Two self-published approaches

Two authors inspired, quite literally, by their dream-lives, made their publishing ambitions come true: Jacqueline Rieder Hud (Laundry for Strangers) is an accomplished artist and Mike Rhynard (Dangerous Dreams) is a veteran, engineer and rancher.


Moderators
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Karen Buley

Karen Buley is the author of the novel Nanny on the Run. Her collection of nurses’ stories, Nurses on the Run: Why They Come, Why They Stay, was a "Best Books 2010" USA Book News finalist. Her essays have appeared in Family Circle, American Nurse Today, and A Cup of Comfort for Nurses: Stories of Caring and Compassion. In 2013 she traded the magic of birth for the magic of books and now works as a library assistant at Hellgate High School in... Read More →

Speakers
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Jacqueline Rieder Hud

Jacqueline Rieder Hud is a determined and introspective environmentalist who funnels her convictions into contemporary expressionist paintings. Having journaled her dreams for decades, this artist probes the nexus of nature and the unconscious. Mysterious figures walk out from her psychic cauldron in a dialogue with outer reality. | | Jacqueline's formal art education began at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1966 and... Read More →
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Mike Rhynard

Mike Rhynard is a retired operational fighter pilot, combat veteran, developmental test pilot, and aerospace engineer and consultant. In addition, he’s been involved in his family’s cattle ranch since age seven, and has been an ardent student of American history throughout his life. During his professional careers, Mike authored numerous technical publications. In Dangerous Dreams, he integrated that experience with experiences gained... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

12:30pm

Crafting dangerous characters

Short readings by four writers of suspense, intrigue and peril: Jesse Bier (After Dying), Michael Hodges (The Invasive), Travis Laurence Naught (Joyride), and Brian Ney (Calamity Jane- How the West Began).


Moderators
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Lucy Torgrimson

Intern
Lucy Torgrimson was born and grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota. She is a student of the University of Montana. She is a double major in Creative Writing and German. Her thriving goal in life is to become a successful novelist.

Speakers
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Jesse Bier

Jesse Bier is author of the poetry collection Don't Tell Me Trees Don't Talk, published by Bucknell University Press and the novels Ocho Rios, The Cannibal, Year of the Cougar, Trial at Bangkok, and Transatlantic Lives. He has also published a collection of short stories, A Hole in the Lead Apron. His stories have appeared in Esquire, Virginia Quarterly Review, and others. He is a WWII veteran and Professor Emeritus at the University of... Read More →
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Michael Hodges

Author
Michael Hodges is an American speculative fiction writer. His short stories have appeared in over twenty magazines and anthologies, and his debut novel, The Puller, was released on April 24, 2015. Film rights for The Puller were purchased by Sonny Mallhi, producer of The Strangers and The Lake House. The Puller also received a five star review from Hugo-winning SF Signal. Foreign publishing rights... Read More →
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Travis Laurence Naught

Travis Laurence Naught is an author who happens to be a quadriplegic wheelchair user. Prior to taking up a full-time struggle with words, he spent 10 years volunteering with the Eastern Washington University Men's Basketball team. Travis earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and completed graduate work in sports psychology while at Eastern. ASD Publishing released The Virgin Journals, Travis's poetry memoir, in 2012. It was used as... Read More →
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Bryan Ney

Bryan Ney M.D. has had an interest in 1860's Montana history since he found a copy of Langford's Vigilante Days and Ways in a Hollywood used bookstore in the 1990's.  The moral themes of that story struck a chord with Bryan, who has been a long-time member of his hospital's Bioethics committee, which is similarly interested in moral questions.  No one else in his hometown of Los Angeles seemed to know about the dramatic events... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

1:30pm

The Big Montana Story: Kickoff Party
Everyone has stories to tell, but how do some stories become larger creative projects? Come find out as contestants pitch their stories to a panel of experts on film, TV, theater, digital media, and more. Hosts Debra Magpie Earling and Brooke Glass-O'Shea will offer brilliant insights, dumb questions, and delicious tidbits for all to enjoy. Help us kick off our project to make Montana the new Hollywood, and hear some new parts of The Big Montana Story.

Speakers
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Debra Magpie Earling

Debra Magpie Earling is the Director of the University of Montana Creative Writing Program. Her novel Perma Red (Putnam, 2002) won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. The Lost Journals of Sacajewea (Koch editions, 2010),  a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch, re-invents the life of... Read More →
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Brooke Glass-O'Shea

Brooke Glass-O'Shea was one half of Brick last year, but this year, for the purposes of the Montana Book Festival, she is just Brooke Glass-O'Shea. She is seriously amazeballs. Oh my god you guys. She also has two law degrees and an MFA in creative non-fiction, rendering her virtually unemployable. If you see her, please give her a quarter.


Sunday September 25, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Montgomery Distillery 129 W Front St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Montana's Many Sides: Curiosities, Film and the Red Light District
A discussion between authors with uniquely Montana expertise: Ednor Therriault (Montana Curiosities), L. Allen Strate (High Lights, Low Lights, and Red Lights); Brian D'Ambrosio (Shot in Montana: A History of Big Sky Cinema).

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Brian D'Ambrosio

Brian D'Ambrosio is the author of five books related to Montana, including Warrior in the Ring (Riverbend Publishing, 2015), a biography of Indian Marvin Camel, a half-Flathead, half-black pinball mechanic who went from a Montana reservation to win world boxing titles. In the Golden Age of boxing, Camel, from the Flathead Indian Reservation, defied all obstacles of race, poverty, and geographical isolation to become the first Native American... Read More →
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L. Allen Strate

L. Allen “Larry” Strate, also known as “Doc” Strate, grew up in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley as a fourth generation “Bitterrooter” and chose to return to the land of his roots after a long and distinguished career in law that saw him serve many years on the faculty of the Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Among other awards he received at UNLV, he was given its “Distinguished... Read More →
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Ednor Therriault

Ednor Therriault is a writer, musician and graphic designer with deep Montana roots. His first book, Montana Curiosities, was published by Globe Pequot Press in 2010, and the book’s second edition was released this summer on Two Dot Press. He also revised the ninth edition of Montana Off the Beaten Path in 2015. | Working under the nom de guerre Bob Wire, Ednor has written and recorded five albums of original material, including a... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

2:00pm

Writing and Publishing YA

Join two self-published Young Adult authors - C.Y. Bourgeois (The Whispering of Trees) and Donna Maddux (My Friend, Little Claw) - as they share their journey to publishing, the stories that inspire them and their tips for success. 


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Lucy Torgrimson

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Lucy Torgrimson was born and grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota. She is a student of the University of Montana. She is a double major in Creative Writing and German. Her thriving goal in life is to become a successful novelist.

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Donna Maddux

DONNA MADDUX was surprised at how little she knew of the historic figures from the seven reservations in her home state. While researching that subject at the U of M Montana Collection to renew a teaching certificate, she felt it was like getting lost in Aladdin’s Magical Cave. Then “Indian Education for All” taught her about treaty rights and one of the results is this book, written for some of her favorite people... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

2:30pm

Eden and Alaska: Experts of the Wild

A dynamic pair in conversation: eco-aficionados Jordan Fisher Smith (Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight over Controlling Nature) and Seth Kantner (Swallowed by the Great Land).


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Claire Voris

Claire Voris and her dog, Phoebe, originally hail from Illinois, but have migrated West in order to pursue an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction at the University of Montana.  Claire served as lead writer and editor for a documentary on U.S. pork production that, unless you are an RFD-tv diehard, fluent in Mandarin Chinese, is unlikely to appear on your Netflix que.  Neither Claire nor Phoebe are Mandarin speakers, but what they lack in... Read More →

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Seth Kantner

Seth Kantner is a commercial fisherman, writer and wildlife photographer. He was born and raised in a sod igloo in the wilderness of northern Alaska and his art reflects his love for this land and the animals who live on it, and his belief in the importance of wildness left wild. Kantner was schooled at home and on the land, and attended the University of Alaska and later the University of Montana where hereceived a BA, with honors, in... Read More →
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Jordan Fisher Smith

Jordan Fisher Smith worked for 21 years as a park and wilderness ranger. He is the author of Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature, published by Crown in 2016, and Nature Noir, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2005. He has written for TIME.com, New Yorker, Discover, and Aeon. He is a cast member and narrator of the film Under Our Skin, which was... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Le Petite Outre 129 S 4th St W, Missoula, MT 59801

3:30pm

How to Write A Novel in 30 Days: Systems and Social Support to Get it Done!
So you've always wanted to write a novel? No plot? No characters? Don't know where to start? Well, no problem. We want to show you how National Write a Novel Month can help you build and sustain the daily momentum to write 50,000 words by the end of November. How? It's fun and engaging system of social accountability, inspiration, support, and computerized progress measures have propelled thousands of never-before-novelists across that 50,000 word finish line and into "I'm Now a Novelist" Land. So join us and thousands of other writers from all over the globe as we gear up to surmount one of the greatest artistic challenges that most choose not to face--writing that damn book! But this time, you'll have a whole army behind you. This time, you'll be part of a greater movement that will give you all the momentum that you need.

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Jenessa Albertson

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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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Alex Alviar

Alex Alviar was born of Filipino parents in 1976 and raised in the suburban outskirts of Detroit. He received his MFA in poetry at the University of Montana in Missoula. Winner of the 2002 Poetry Slam Championship in Libby, Montana, Alex also is a recipient of a 2003 AWP Intro Journals Award and two honorable mentions from the Academy of American Poets Student Poetry Prize. His poetry has appeared in The Journal at Ohio State... Read More →
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Ari Laurel

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Ari Laurel is a writer and editor from Oakland, CA whose work deals with Asian American icons, and youth identity in the ever-shifting Bay Area. In addition to her feature in the 2015 Kearny Street Workshop APAture Festival, she was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/USA Emerging Writers Fellowship, recipient of University of Montana’s Candace K. Brown Memorial Scholarship, and her work has appeared in The Conium Review, Passages North, Yellow... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Fact & Fiction Bookstore 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula, MT 59802

3:30pm

Infinite Summer...
Final event description forthcoming.

Sunday September 25, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore 103 S 3rd St W, Missoula, MT 59801

6:30pm

Second Wind
A public reading series pairing students in University of Montana's Creative Writing MFA program with UM faculty, alumni, and community writers. Join us!

This week's reading will feature Dake Duke and Kevin Canty. 

Sunday September 25, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
The Badlander 208 Ryman St., Missoula, MT 59802