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Saturday, September 30 • 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Celebrating 30 Years of The Last Best Place: Making It Happen- Presented by The Montana Center for the Book

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Margaret Kingsland, Bill Kittredge, Annick Smith, Bill Bevis, Mary Clearman Blew, Bill Lang, and Lois Welch engage in conversation and answer questions about the making of the "Big Book."

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Bill Bevis

William (Bill) BevisB ill Bevis is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Montana in Missoula, retired since 2003. He has published books on the poetry of Wallace Stevens—Mind of Winter: Wallace Stevens, Meditation, and Literature (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press... Read More →
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Mary Clearman Blew

Mary Clearman Blew grew up on a small cattle ranch in Montana, on the site of her great-grandfather’s 1882 homestead. Her memoir "All But the Waltz: Essays on a Montana Family," won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, as did her short story collection, "Runaway." A novel, "Jackalope Dreams," appeared in 2008 and won the Western Heritage... Read More →
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Margatet Kingsland

Margaret Kingsland was the Executive Director of the Montana Committee for the Humanities from 1973-1995. She does freelance editing, curating, and humanities presentations, in addition her work for civil rights and social justice.
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William Kittredge

William Kittredge taught creative writing for 29 years at The University of Montana. He is the author of two collections of short fiction, The Van Gogh Fields and Other Stories (1979) and We Are Not In This Together (1984); a novel, The Willow Field (2006); a memoir, Hole in the... Read More →
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Bill Lang

William L. Lang is a professor of history at Portland State University, where he teaches environmental and public history. He is author or editor of seven books on Pacific Northwest history, including Great River of the West: Essays on the Columbia River and Two Centuries of Lewi... Read More →
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Annick Smith

Annick Smith  | Annick Smith is a writer and filmmaker from western Montana. Born in Paris, she grew up in Chicago, lived in Seattle, and has settled in Montana for over fifty years. She was a filmmaker first, producing the prize-winning feature "Heartland" and was a co-producer of "A River Runs Through It." Her documentaries include a series about Indian tribes in the Inland Northwest, "The Real People," for public television, and a portrait of poet Richard Hugo, "Kicking the Loose Gravel Home." Smith was a founding member of the Sundance Film Institute and the Independent Features Project. 
Her nature essays and travel articles have appeared in such publications as Orion, Outside, Audubon, National Geo Traveler, Travel... Read More →
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Lois Welch

Lois Welch taught comparative literature at UM  from 1966-2001,  directing the Creative Writing Program for eight years, chairing the English department for three. After marrying James Welch in 1968, theirs was a busy literary life; after his death in 2003, she remains active as... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 West Main Street, Missoula, Montana 59802

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