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Wednesday, September 27
 

7:30pm MDT

Poetry Slam!
The Montana Book Festival is excited to partner with the E3 Gallery for a poetry slam,with hosts Joy Havin and Jared Burkhart! Bring your A game and compete with verbal prowess, or be one of our honored judges and make your opinion known... or just sit back and enjoy the show. No matter how you slice it, these slams are always a fun and unique evening, so don't miss!

You can come early and sign up at the door, or be prepared and reserve your reading slot ahead of time by contacting Lilli at e3gallery@e3gallerymissoula.com."

Speakers

Wednesday September 27, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm MDT
E3 Convergence Gallery

7:30pm MDT

Put Down Your Books, Kick off Your Shoes and Make New Friends on the Dance Floor

Come join the literati of Montana to kick off the Missoula Book Festival with a dance on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Missoula Senior Center. Mark Matthews, author of the series Swinging through American History, will lead dancers through the major epochs of our country's social dance. The frolic will begin with an hour of contra dances, with music provided by the Best Sellers Stringband, followed by an African-American cakewalk (winner takes the cake) and some traditional square dances. The second half of the evening will feature one-steps of the 1910s, the big apple of 1937, swing of the '40s, and a soul train line of the '70s. No partner or experience is necessary; all dances will be taught. Come make new friends and experience the joy of dancing with your community.






Speakers
avatar for Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews once composed a one-word Artist's Statement for a sculpture exhibit which read: PERSIST! That's basically what Mark has been doing for most of his adult life in order to create various types of art. Since graduating from Brandeis University in 1974, he has published... Read More →


Wednesday September 27, 2017 7:30pm - 10:00pm MDT
Missoula Senior Center
 
Thursday, September 28
 

10:00am MDT

Dear Viewer: Text-Based Artwork From the MAM Collection

DEAR VIEWER is a concise survey of text-based artworks from the MAM Collection, including 12 new and never-before exhibited acquisitions. These works demonstrate a range of methods and motivations for integrating words and images, but—building on the legacies of 20th century movements from Dadaism to postmodernism—the artists share an interest in using alphabetic words or the concept of language to carry critical content of visual art. 

Sister Corita Kent and several folk artists, including Rev. Howard Finster, use prose to voice deeply personal, unequivocal spiritual experiences. Other artists confront the implicit and insidious authority of naming. George Longfish (Canadian, Seneca/Tuscarora) , and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Salish-Kootenai, Métis-Cree, Shoshone-Bannock) appropriate mass media symbols and pop culture labels to call out power structures and reclaim the narrative of identity.

 Other artists contrast the abstract nature of language with the physical experience of viewing or making art. Robert Rauschenberg and Robert DeWeese, parallel pioneers in Pop art and Montana modernism, evoke visceral feelings of anticipation and chance: Rauschenberg by layering found texts with multiple possible readings and DeWeese by pairing poetic longing with proud aggression. MaryAnn Bonjorni, influenced as much by the conceptual underpinnings of language as by landscape, uses heavy gestural marks and deceptively simple words to make humorous, if dark, observations on Western neighborliness. Nia Lee’s cross-stitch samplers combine her emerging language skills with exquisite embroidery techniques, documenting her transition as a Hmong refugee and new American.

 DEAR VIEWER also includes works that communicate through quietness or even muteness. Lillian Pitt (Yakama, Wasco, Warm Springs) draws on petroglyph imagery to honor ancient texts and authors unencumbered by written words. A selection from Paul Harris’s Shut-In Suite and a painting by Kerri Rosenstein use illegibility to underscore the contradictions, limitations, and frustrations of communication.

 

 



Speakers
avatar for Brandon Reintjes

Brandon Reintjes

Senior Curator at the Missoula Art Museum.


Thursday September 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am MDT
Missoula Art Museum

1:00pm MDT

Textcraft!
Local crafter/maker extrordinaire, Tina Halvorson of Tailfeathers, invites you to drop in to a maker space in the Goldberg Family Library to work on interactive or solo art projects repurposing found text from old books and magazines.   You'll leave with glue on your hands, and a smile on your face.  

Artists
avatar for Tina Halvorson

Tina Halvorson

Tina Halvorson is a regular on the Missoula crafter scene.  You may recognize her from the Made Fair, the People's Market, or from typing Valentine poetry in the streets!


Thursday September 28, 2017 1:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
Missoula Art Museum

3:30pm MDT

Classic Literary Texts in Archives and Special Collections

Ever wonder why certain books throughout history are categorized as classic literature and others aren’t? Join the Mansfield Library’s Archives and Special Collections and University of Montana faculty members as they discuss classic literary texts/authors throughout history and what makes them “classic”. Presenters include Ashby Kinch (Chaucer), Rob Browning (Milton), Elizabeth Hubble (women authors), and Prageeta Sharma (insiders and outsiders in the literary canon). Learn why these texts continue to intrigue us and why the stories they tell are timeless.

After the presentations, please join us for an exclusive tour of rare and unique literary texts held by Archives and Special Collections including a facsimile of Dante’s Inferno, a handwritten draft of Elizabeth Browning’s poem “Human Life’s Mysteries”, and an illustrated copy of Paradise Lost.

 



Speakers
avatar for Rob Browning

Rob Browning

Rob Browning is an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Montana’s Department of English specializing in the study of Milton, Shakespeare, early modern British literature, and science fiction. He has taught literature in British Columbia, the People’s Republic of China... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Hubble

Elizabeth Hubble

Elizabeth Hubble directs the University of Montana-Missoula’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, which offers a major, minor, and graduate certificate.  She received undergraduate degrees in French and history from the University of Montana in 1995 and her M.A. (1998... Read More →
avatar for Ashby Kinch

Ashby Kinch

Ashby Kinch is a professor in the University of Montana’s Department of English, who specializes in the literature of the medieval period, particularly the late medieval period. He is the author of Imago Mortis: Mediating Images of Death in Late Medieval Culture (2013) and “Intervisual... Read More →
avatar for Prageeta Sharma

Prageeta Sharma

Prageeta Sharma was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. Her collections of poetry include Bliss to Fill (2000), The Opening Question (2004), which won the Fence Modern Poets Prize, Infamous Landscapes (2007), and Undergloom (2013). Sharma’s honors and awards include a Howard Foundation... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm MDT
Mansfield Library (University of Montana campus)

6:00pm MDT

Erotic Fan Fiction: Folklore and Fairytales
$5 donation suggested at the door.

Moderators
avatar for Lynsey G.

Lynsey G.

Lynsey G. is a writerly type who has focused on the intersections of feminism, sexuality, and pornography for the past decade as a reviewer, interviewer, critic, documentary filmmaker, blogger, and now author of Watching Porn, an informative book about the adult entertainment i... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mara Panich-Crouch

Mara Panich-Crouch

Mara Panich-Crouch is a bookseller at Fact and Fiction in Missoula. 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 writes book reviews... Read More →
avatar for Acton Seibel

Acton Seibel

Acton Seibel is a mechanic and certified triple threat, with his Sun, Moon, and Rising all in Gemini.  When he’s not getting his charts done he’s building small home furnishings, reading poetry, writing short stories, and watching 80’s horror films.  None of his writings are... Read More →
avatar for Karla Theilen

Karla Theilen

After she's through wrangling details for the Montana Book Festival, Director Karla Theilen moonlights as an RN and bartender to support her writing habit with dollars and stories.  She is currently in the home stretch of a memoir chronicling six summers on a fire lookout in Idaho's... Read More →
avatar for Chris La Tray

Chris La Tray

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and photographer. His freelance writing and/or photography has appeared in various regional and national anthologies and periodicals.His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From the World At Large won the 2018 Montana Book... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm MDT
Monk's Bar

8:30pm MDT

Pie and Whiskey! Hosted by Sam Ligon and Kate Lebo, sponsored by Shakespeare and Co. and Bernice's Bakery
Sam Ligon and Kate Lebo, creators of the Pie & Whiskey, return once again to Missoula to share their beloved event with a devoted Montana Book Festival crowd.   

This year, Sam and Kate and the Montana Book Festival have curated an amazing lineup of readers to include some of their hometown favorites along wtih some of ours (and a few very special guests!)  Local legend Judy Blunt lends her mad pie baking skills to the effort once again, turning out delicious homemade goodness in the kitchen with Kate and Sam.

Find out more about Pie & Whiskey and Sam and Kate's new book at:
http://www.pieandwhiskey.com

Sponsored by Shakespeare and Co. and Bernice's Bakery

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Canty

Kevin Canty

Kevin Canty is the author of four novels and three short story collections and has been published in The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, and the New York Times Magazine. He currently teaches at the University of Montana in Missoula.
avatar for Lynsey G.

Lynsey G.

Lynsey G. is a writerly type who has focused on the intersections of feminism, sexuality, and pornography for the past decade as a reviewer, interviewer, critic, documentary filmmaker, blogger, and now author of Watching Porn, an informative book about the adult entertainment i... Read More →
avatar for William Kittredge

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 Sky... Read More →
avatar for Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow

Leyna Krow is the author of the short story collection I'm Fine, But You Appear To Be Sinking (Featherproof Books, 2017). Her fiction has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Ninth Letter, Prairie Schooner, and other publications. She lives in Spokane, WA, with her husband and da... Read More →
avatar for Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo’s essays have been anthologized in Best American Essays 2015, This is the Place: Women Writing About Home, and Ghosts of Seattle Past. In October 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence of Butter and Booze, an anthology co-edited... Read More →
avatar for Sam Ligon

Sam Ligon

Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He is co-editor, with Kate Lebo, of Pie & Whiskey: Writers Under the Influence... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge

Tiffany Midge (Hunkpapa Lakota, enrolled Standing Rock) is a poetry editor for The Rumpus, and a humor columnist for Indian Country Media Network. Her poetry collection The Woman Who Married a Bear (University of New Mexico Press, 2016) won the Kenyon Review Earthworks Indigenous... Read More →
avatar for Donald Ray Pollock

Donald Ray Pollock

Donald Ray Pollock is the author of the novels The Devil All the Time and The Heavenly Table, and the story collection Knockemstiff, for which he was awarded the 2009 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fellowship. He worked as a laborer at the Mead Paper Mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, from 1973... Read More →
avatar for Prageeta Sharma

Prageeta Sharma

Prageeta Sharma was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. Her collections of poetry include Bliss to Fill (2000), The Opening Question (2004), which won the Fence Modern Poets Prize, Infamous Landscapes (2007), and Undergloom (2013). Sharma’s honors and awards include a Howard Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, Some Luck and Early Warning, the first volumes of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books... Read More →
avatar for Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller

Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts, a collaboration with visual artist Carrie DeBacker (Entre Rios Books, Fall 2017), Yesterday, the Bees (Floating Bridge Press, 2015), and Rust Fish (Lost Horse Press, 2011). Maya serves as Assistant Professor... Read More →

Volunteers
avatar for Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt

Judy Blunt spent more than thirty years on wheat and cattle ranches in northeastern Montana, before leaving in 1986 to attend the University of Montana. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Graduate Fellowship... Read More →


Thursday September 28, 2017 8:30pm - 10:30pm MDT
Union Club
 
Friday, September 29
 

5:00pm MDT

Fête of the Fest! Author Reception
The ultimate book party!  Come share the finest in food, drink and spirited conversation with your favorite literary guests.   $15 at the door (free admission with festival button) includes one drink ticket, a delectable spread by the Good Food Store, and the best of times! 

Friday September 29, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
Dana Gallery

7:30pm MDT

Gala Reading: Jane Smiley and Donald Ray Pollock, with special thanks to Shakespeare and Co.
Speakers
avatar for Donald Ray Pollock

Donald Ray Pollock

Donald Ray Pollock is the author of the novels The Devil All the Time and The Heavenly Table, and the story collection Knockemstiff, for which he was awarded the 2009 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Fellowship. He worked as a laborer at the Mead Paper Mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, from 1973... Read More →
avatar for Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, Some Luck and Early Warning, the first volumes of The Last Hundred Years trilogy. She is also the author of five works of nonfiction and a series of books... Read More →


Friday September 29, 2017 7:30pm - 9:30pm MDT
Holiday Inn
 
Saturday, September 30
 

9:00am MDT

9:30am MDT

Kate Davis Bird Program
Speakers
avatar for Kate Davis

Kate Davis

Kate Davis began the non-profit education organization Raptors of the Rockies thirty years ago and keeps over a dozen falcons, hawks, eagles, and owls at her home in the Bitterroot Valley. Programs number 1660 for over 131,000 participants, young and old alike. She is the author and... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 9:30am - 11:00am MDT
Fact & Fiction

11:00am MDT

100,000 Poets for Change
RAIN CONTINGENCY PLAN!  In the event of rain, this event will be held at:

Kulture Kava Lounge
110 E. Pine Street

100TPC is an international grassroots educational organization focusing on the arts, especially poetry, music, and the literary arts. It was founded in 2011 and focuses on a worldwide event each September.

This year's event will take place Sept. 30. Missoula poets, musicians, and artists will join others around the world in a demonstration and celebration to promote peace, sustainability and justice.



Saturday September 30, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Missoula Art Museum Art Park

4:30pm MDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Lowell Jaeger

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 MDT
Downtown Dance Collective

6:00pm MDT

Montana Noir at the Bar, with musical guest Russ Nasset

Noir at the Bar: Montana Noir Group Reading

The just-released Montana Noir is the first-ever anthology of noir short stories by Montana authors. Join editors James Grady and Keir Graff, and contributors David Abrams, Gwen Florio, Eric Heidle, Sidner Larson, Carrie La Seur, Caroline Patterson, and Yvonne Seng for an unforgettable group reading. Local favorite Russ Nasset will serve as musical master of ceremonies.  Authors will be available to sign copies of Montana Noir and a limited-edition event poster. (Book sales by Shakespeare & Co.) Stick around as Russ Nasset and the Revelators take the stage and rock the house. No cover charge!



Speakers
avatar for David Abrams

David Abrams

David Abrams’ debut novel about the Iraq War, Fobbit, was named a New York Times Notable Book. He served in the U.S. Army for twenty years and was deployed to Iraq in 2005 as part of a public affairs team. His stories have appeared in Esquire, Narrative, and other literary maga... Read More →
avatar for Gwen Florio

Gwen Florio

Award-winning journalist Gwen Florio turned to fiction in 2013 with the publication of MONTANA, the first in her Lola Wicks mystery series. The fifth book in that series, UNDER THE SHADOWS, will be released in 2018, as well as a standalone novel set in Afghanistan, WOMEN OF STONE... Read More →
avatar for James Grady

James Grady

James Grady was born and raised in Shelby and graduated from the University of Montana. He was a research analyst for the state’s 1972 Constitutional Convention and a legislative aide to Montana’s U.S. Senator Lee Metcalf during Watergate. Grady’s first novel, Six Days Of The Condor... Read More →
avatar for Keir Graff

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 →
avatar for Eric Heidle

Eric Heidle

Eric Heidle is a full-blooded Montanan-American living and working east of the divide as a creative director, writer, and photographer. In 2015 his story, “At Jackson Creek,” took first place in Montana Public Radio’s fiftieth-anniversary short fiction contest. Eric’s photography... Read More →
avatar for Sinder Larson

Sinder Larson

Sidner Larson is the former director of American Indian Studies at Iowa State University (2000–2015); an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre tribal community of Fort Belknap; and the author of Catch Colt,Captured In The Middle, and numerous academic articles and poems. He is... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson

Caroline Patterson grew up in Missoula, Montana, in the four-square Prairie-style house built by her great-grandfather in 1906 after he won a case against the Great Northern Railway. She lives there today with her husband and her two college-aged children. In 2006, she published the... Read More →
avatar for Yvonne Seng

Yvonne Seng

Yvonne Seng has lived in Montana for most of the twenty-first century—in Missoula, Ovando, and Helena, where she was curator for the Holter Museum of Art—all after having worked extensively in the Middle East. Born in Australia, her first book was the nonfiction Men In Black... Read More →
avatar for Carrie La Seur

Carrie La Seur

Carrie La Seur is a Billings-based environmental lawyer whose debut novel, The Home Place, was on the Indie Next List, won a High Plains Book Award, and was a finalist for a Strand Critics’ Circle Award. Her work has been published in Daily Beast; Grist; the Guardian;the Harvard Law and Poli... Read More →


Saturday September 30, 2017 6:00pm - 8:30pm MDT
Union Club