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Friday, September 29
 

9:30am

Tour the Matchstick Castle!

Join Keir Graff as he reads from his new book "The Matchstick Castle," a wild and whimsical adventure not to be missed.  Kids of all ages can come along to Boring, Illinois, where Brian's summer vacation takes a turn that is, well, anything but boring!! 

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Keir Graff

Keir Graff was born and raised in Missoula, where he attended Hellgate High School and, briefly, the University of Montana. The co-editor (with James Grady) of Montana Noir, he is also the author of four novels for adults (most recently, The Price of Liberty), two novels for middle-graders... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Paxson Elementary School 101 Evans Avenue, Missoula, MT
 
Saturday, September 30
 

10:00am

The Consequences of Really Bad Decisions: Fiction Readings by Eric Scott Fischl and Sean McDaniel
Eric Scott Fischl's novel The Trials of Solomon Parker utilizes speculative historical fiction and the supernatural to tell the story of an old, broken man deep in debt to some evil characters in Butte, Montana, in 1916 and his encounter with "the gods of the People." Eric, who resides in the Bitterroot Mountains, has also written Dr. Potter's Medicine Show.

Sean McDaniel's debut novel Criminal Zoo follows the life of a serial killer from his abused childhood to his capture and incarceration in a government-run torture facility. Sean resides in Billings where he works as a fitness trainer. 

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Eric Scott Fischl

Eric Scott Fischl writes novels of speculative historical fiction and the supernatural, including Dr. Potter's Medicine Show and the upcoming The Trials of Solomon Parker. He lives in Montana's Bitterroot mountains.
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Sean McDaniel

Sean McDaniel, son of a Marine Corps captain, was born in Durango, Colorado. While he releases his inner demons on paper, in real life he scoops up a spider and releases it unscathed outdoors. Sean believes that, in writing, everything is fair game. His motto: Read at your own risk... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802

1:00pm

Solving Mysteries and Panning for Gold--Readings by David Carpenter, P.R. Oliver, Timothy Brown
P.R. Oliver, a graduate of the University of Montana School of Law, currently works as an attorney in Billings, Montana. An army brat born in California and raised in Virginia, P.R. also attended Washington and Lee University and received degrees from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. Before attending law school, P.R. spent twelve years in the computer business in a variety of capacities and lived or worked in various locales--which provided plenty of background when writing his new mystery Citizens Ununited: A Novel. In the mystery, heroine Alexandra Pipe, a former Montana rodeo star, uncovers evidence of a sinister plot by a super PAC hidden in computer files while working for a defense contractor. Once the super PAC gets wind of her investigation, they take out a contract on her.

Timothy Brown extensively drew from life and work experience when writing his novel Maya Hope. For many years, he has worked as an orthopaedic surgeon and medical missionary for Operation Blessing, Mercy Ships, and Hope Force International. His work has taken him throughout Latin America, Asia and the Caribean. Maya Hope (2016), his first novel, narrates the adventures of Dr. Nicklaus Hart in the backwater villages of Guatamala as he discovers something dreadfully wrong with the health of the local populations that he cannot explain or figure out. Timothy backs up his "what-if" scenario with layers of believable science and human nature. The second of the Nicklaus Hart series, The Tree of Life, is scheduled for release later this fall. Timothy now resides in Western Montana. 

David Carpenter sets many of his stories in the wilderness of the north country far. A native of Saskatoon,Saskatchewan, David's latest novel--The Gold--spins the yarn of an Englishman who emigrates to Canada to prospect for gold in the 1930s. David's previous release, The Education of Augie Merasty, placed 4th on Canada's National Posts's annual "99 Best Books of the Year." David has also won the prestigious Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence, a BURT Award for Indigenous cullture, and the Prime of Life Achievement Award from the University of Saskatchewan.

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Timothy Browne

Timothy Browne is an orthopaedic surgeon and medical missionary who has served around the world with Operation Blessing, Mercy Ships, and Hope Force International. Browne has ministered in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil, Ukraine, Borneo, Malaysia, Singapore... Read More →
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David Carpenter

David Carpenter began writing as a translator and critic, but in the mid-1980s he turned to writing fiction. He is the author of four novels, three collections of short fiction, one book of poems, and three works of literary nonfiction.  His most recent books have won more... Read More →
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P.R. Oliver

A graduate of the University of Montana School of Law, P.R. Oliver is an attorney in Billings, Montana. Oliver, an army brat born in California and raised in Virginia, attended Washington and Lee University and received degrees from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. Before... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802

2:30pm

West of Love: new stories by Francis Davis
Francis Davis of Dillon, MT, reads from his new collection of short stories, West of Love,

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Francis Davis

Francis Davis was born and raised in Philadelphia, but has lived most of his adult life in the West.  A finalist for the 2016 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction for West of Love, his debut collection of stories, he’s won writing fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 2:30pm - 3:00pm
The Public House 130 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802

3:15pm

4:30pm

Montana Center for the Book Prizes, and Montana’s New Poet Laureate, Lowell Jaeger, Presented by The Montana Center for the Book
Montana Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger teaches creative writing at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, Montana. He is author of six collections of poems: War On War  (Utah State University Press, 1988), Hope Against Hope (Utah State University Press 1990), Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press, 2009), WE (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2010), How Quickly What's Passing Goes Past (Grayson Books, 2013) and Driving the Back Road Home (Shabda Press, 2015). He is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from western states. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize, and recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council. In 2010, Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting civil civic discourse.

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Lowell Jaeger

Lowell Jaeger, a Bigfork resident and nationally recognized poet, was named the Montana Poet Laureate in 2017.  He is founding editor of Many Voices Press and recently edited New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from western states. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s... Read More →



Saturday September 30, 2017 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Downtown Dance Collective 121 West Main Street, Missoula, Montana 59802