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High Plains BookFest: Schedule of Events

(All events are free to the public unless otherwise noted)

Thursday: October 6, 2016

1:00 pm: Center for the Book Meeting with Sarah Kahn

A discussion on building the future of the Center for the Book
Location: Billings Public Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room

4:30 pm: Sneed B. Collard III

Collard will be talking about Fire Birds and his upcoming book, Hopping Ahead of Climate Change
Location: This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway

6:30 pm: Montana Poetry Slam

Nathan Petterson, Emcee
10-12 regional poets compete in 3 rounds of poetry
Location: MoAV Coffee, 2505 Montana Avenue

Friday: October 7, 2016

12:00 Noon: Picturing the West: Glacier National Park After Dark

Robyn Peterson & Corby Skinner, moderators    
John Ashley: Glacier National Park After Dark
Montana writer/photographer/biologist John Ashley combines his talents with his love for nature, including conservation of his “favorite” birds, Harlequin Ducks. Among his honors is being listed as a top newspaper photographer by the National Press Photographers’ Association. His Glacier National Park After Dark is a Medicine and Science finalist in the HPBA.
Location: Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Avenue

1:00 pm: Picturing the West: Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek

Robyn Peterson & Corby Skinner, moderators
Thomas D. Mangelsen / Todd Wilkinson: Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek
Thomas D. Mangelson is an acclaimed photographer, whose work is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection. Named by American Photo among the “100 Most Important People in Photography” and earning a “Legend Behind the Lens” citation from Nikon, Mangelson grew up in Nebraska where he developed a love of nature and wildlife. His book (with Todd Wilkinson) Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek: An Intimate Portrait of 399, The Most Famous Bear of Greater Yellowstone is an Art and Photography finalist in the HPBA.

Professional journalist and Bozeman resident Todd Wilkinson is an impassioned spokesperson for conservation issues, including the preservation of the Yellowstone region’s grizzlies, as is amply demonstrated in his HPBA finalist book, Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek: An Intimate Portrait of 399, The Most Famous Bear of Greater Yellowstone (with Thomas D. Mangelson). Widely traveled and equally widely published, Wilkinson is the author of numerous books, including a previous collaboration with Mangelson, The Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography
Location: Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Avenue

2:00 pm: Life in the West: Creative Nonfiction: Canoeing the Great Plains

Corby Skinner & Stella Fong, moderators
Patrick Dobson: Canoeing the Great Plains
Missouri native Patrick Dobson is a HPBA Creative Nonfiction finalist for Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer. A member of the Ironworks Local Union #10 in Kansas City and a professor at Johnson County Community College, Dobson is also the author of Seldom Seen: A Journey Into the Great Plains. Dobson’s first book, Seldom Seen, was a finalist in the new book category of the HPBA in 2010.
Location: Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Avenue

3:00 pm: Life in the West: Creative Nonfiction: A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail

Corby Skinner & Stella Fong, moderators
Jenna Butler: A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail

A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail by Jenna Butler is a finalist in HPBA’s Creative Nonfiction category. Billing herself as a “writer, editor, explorer,” Butler holds writing degrees from the University of East Anglia (MA 2006, PhD 2012), has won numerous grants and awards, is widely published, and teaches at Red Deer College in Alberta. 
Location: Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Avenue

5:00 pm: Private Reception for Authors and Community Readers
By invitation only

Location: Visible Vault, Yellowstone Art Museum, 505 North 26th Street

7:00 pm: The Writers Community

David McCumber, Gary Ferguson, Alan Kesselheim
Journalist David McCumber is the founding editor of Big Sky Journal. His distinguished career began when he was sixteen and has taken him to The San Francisco Examiner, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the Arizona Daily Star, where  his writing team was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1980 and a finalist in 1984. Currently, McCumber is the editor of The Montana Standard. His books include The Cowboy Way: Seasons of a Montana Ranch and Playing Off the Rail: A Pool Hustler’s Journey. He has tweeted, “I love family, good writing, investigative reporting, fishing, cooking, great coffee. Long-time Chicago Cubs sufferer.”  

Transcending the “nature writing” genre, Gary Ferguson’s prose demonstrates that what we think of as the “wild” shapes both human culture in general and our intimate relationships in particular.  Ferguson grew up in the Midwest, but found his true home in the West. He has lived in Red Lodge for many years. An acclaimed writer, Ferguson has won many awards and gained critical success with his fifteen books of nonfiction, including, most recently, The Carry Home and Opening Doors: Carole Noon and Her Dream to Save the Chimps.

On his webpage, nonfiction writer Alan Kesselheim confesses that he “came to Montana in 1982 for three reasons: a woman, the land, and the quixotic urge to leap into the abyss of freelance writing.” While his relationships with the woman and the land were immediately and enduringly successful, he struggled at first to establish himself in print. Now, Kesselheim is the author or co-author of eleven books —including Montana: Real Place, Real People; Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water; and The Wilderness Paddler’s Handbook. His stories have appeared in such distinguished magazines as Audubon, Natural History, and High Country News.  He has also, in collaboration with classical guitarist Stuart Weber, produced a CD, Confluence: A Duet of Words & Music.
Location: 2nd Floor Gallery, Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N 27th St

Saturday: October 8, 2016

10:00 am: Woman Writer Award Nominees

Connie Dillon, moderator
Catherine Hunter, 
After Light
A professor of English at the University of Winnipeg, Catherine Hunter is the author of two novels and three collections of poetry, one of which, Latent Heat, was named the Manitoba Book of the Year. After Light is a finalist in the Best Woman Writer category of the HPBA.

Chris Cauble, publisher of Beth Hunter McHugh's The Actor
Chris Cauble has long been associated with the small press industry. As Vice-President for Publishing at Falcon Press in Helena, Montana, he specialized in guidebooks for outdoor recreationists. In 2001, he opened his own publishing house, Riverbend Publishing, and has compiled an impressive catalog. Riverbend's subject matter includes fiction, natural history, photography, and memoir, and these books have received numerous awards.
Location: Visible Vault, Yellowstone Art Museum, 505 North 26th Street

10:00 am: Art & Photography Award Nominees

Sharon Peterson, moderator
Thomas D. Mangelsen/Todd Wilkinson, Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek

Thomas D. Mangelson is an acclaimed photographer, whose work is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection. Named by American Photo among the “100 Most Important People in Photography” and earning a “Legend Behind the Lens” citation from Nikon, Mangelson grew up in Nebraska where he developed a love of nature and wildlife. His book (with Todd Wilkinson) Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek: An Intimate Portrait of 399, The Most Famous Bear of Greater Yellowstone is an Art and Photography finalist in the HPBA.

Professional journalist and Bozeman resident Todd Wilkinson is an impassioned spokesperson for conservation issues, including the preservation of the Yellowstone region’s grizzlies, as is amply demonstrated in his HPBA finalist book, Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek: An Intimate Portrait of 399, The Most Famous Bear of Greater Yellowstone (with Thomas D. Mangelson). Widely traveled and equally widely published, Wilkinson is the author of numerous books, including a previous collaboration with Mangelson, The Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography

Judith Silverthorne, Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend
Saskatchewan-based Judith Silverthorne is a HPBA finalist in both the Art and Photography and Children’s Book categories for Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend. Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, she is a prolific author of children’s books, owns a video production company, and works as a writing instructor and manuscript evaluator.
Location: Murdock Gallery, Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N 27th St

11:00 am: Poetry Award Nominees

Sharon Dynak, moderator
Robert Currie, The Days Run Away

Former Saskatchewan and Moose Jaw poet laureate Robert Currie writes poetry, novels, and short stories.  He earned several degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and taught for three decades at Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw. The Days Run Away, a finalist for poetry in the HPBA, is his fifth full-length collection.

Juliana Aragon Fatula, Red Canyon Falling on Churches
A fifth-generation Southern Coloradan, Juliana Aragón Fatula’s second book of poetry, Red Canyon Falling on Churches, is a HPBA poetry finalist.  She works for Writers-in-the-Schools, a program of Colorado Humanities, and is a member of the Sandra Cisneros’ Macondo Foundation.  She is the author of Crazy Chicana in Catholic City and the editor of a collection of student poetry, This is How We Poet

Diane Glancy, Report to the Department of the Interior
Born in Kansas City, MO, and educated at the University of Missouri, the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Iowa, Diane Glancy has won many prestigious awards, including the American Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Capricorn Prize for Poetry. She is the author of numerous novels, poetry collections and plays. Her collection of poems Report to the Department of the Interior is a finalist in the HPBA.

Lois Red Elk, Why I Return to Makoce
An enrolled member of the Fort Peck Sioux, Lois Red Elk is an actress, craftswoman, dancer and activist, recently working on the Buffalo People Summit in conjunction with MSU-Bozeman and World Wildlife Fund. Our Blood Remembers, her first book, won the Best Non-Fiction award from Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and her third, Why I Return to Makoce, is a poetry finalist in the HPBA. 
Location: This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway

11:00 am: Young Adult Book Award Nominees

Sharon Ille, moderator
David Alexander Robertson, Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story

Betty: The Helen Betty Osborne Story is the HPBA’s first graphic biography finalist in Creative Nonfiction. The book’s author and a winner of the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, David Alexander Robertson is of Irish, English, Scots and Cree heritage and seeks through his work to inform young people about issues of concern to indigenous nations.

Treena Wynes, Am I the Only One? Struggling Being a Teen
Saskatoon writer Treena Wynes is the author of Eating Myself Crazy: How I Made Peace with Food (and How You Can Too) and Am I the Only One? Struggling Being a Teen, one of this year’s Young Adult finalists in the HPBA. An avid skier, Wynes is a social worker and counselor concerned with health and wellness issues.
Location: 2nd Floor Teen Room, Billings Public Library, 510 N Broadway      

1:00 pm: Children's Book Award Nominees

Susan Lubbers, moderator
Sneed B. Collard III, Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests
Sneed B. Collard III’s Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests is a Children’s Book and Nonfiction finalist in the HPBA. Collard earned degrees from the University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Santa Barbara. Along with pursuing a career as a computer scientist, he has authored over 65 children’s and young adults’ books and has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious WashingtonPost/Children’s Book Guild Award. He lives in Montana.

Judith Silverthorne, Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend
Saskatchewan-based Judith Silverthorne is a HPBA finalist in both the Art and Photography and Children’s Book categories for Honouring the Buffalo: A Plains Cree Legend. Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, she is a prolific author of children’s books, owns a video production company, and works as a writing instructor and manuscript evaluator.
Location: 1st Floor Story Tower, Billings Public Library, 510 N Broadway         

1:00 pm: Fiction Award Nominees

Corby Skinner, moderator
Shann Ray, American Copper
A HPBA favorite, Gonzaga University professor Shann Ray has earned numerous accolades for his writing, including the American Book Award, the Bakeless Prize, and a Western Writers of America Spur Award as well as two previous High Plains Book Awards. He is the author of five books, including this year’s HPBA finalist in Fiction, American Copper.

Keith McCafferty, Crazy Mountain Kiss
Keith McCafferty is a well-known outdoor writer and the Survival and Outdoor Skills editor for Field & Stream. He earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Duke University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. His first novel, The Royal Wulff Murders, was a 2013 HPBA finalist and a selection of both the Book of the Month Club and Mystery Guild. Crazy Mountain Kiss, his fourth mystery, is a 2016 HPBA finalist. 

Tyler Enfield, Madder Carmine
A resident of Edmonton, Tyler Enfield is a HPBA finalist for his imaginative historical novel Madder Carmine. He is also an accomplished photographer who has shared his talents with “more than 400 schools” and “over 80,000 students across North America,” according to his website. His series of children’s novels about the imaginary land of Wrush is a winner of the 2010 Moonbeam Award as well as the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Literary Prize.
Location: Visible Vault, Yellowstone Art Museum, 505 North 26th Street

2:30 pm: Nonfiction Award Nominees

Shari Nault, moderator
John Jennings, The Cowboy Legend
John Jennings is one of this year’s finalists for nonfiction with The Cowboy Legend: Owen Wister's Virginian & the Canadian American Ranching Frontier. Jennings helped found the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterbourough, Ontario. Now retired from Trent University, he is also the author of Bark Canoes: The Art and Obsession of Tappan Adney, The Canoe: A Living Tradition and, with Bruce W. Hodgins, The Canoe in Canadian Cultures.

Sneed B. Collard III, Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests
Sneed B. Collard III’s Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests is a Children’s Book and Nonfiction finalist in the HPBA. Collard earned degrees from the University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Santa Barbara. Along with pursuing a career as a computer scientist, he has authored over 65 children’s and young adults’ books and has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious WashingtonPost/Children’s Book Guild Award. He lives in Montana.

Brian D'Ambrosio, Warrior in the Ring
For his biography Warrior in the Ring: The Life of Marvin Camel, Native American World Champion Boxer, Brian D’Ambrosio is a finalist in the HPBA’s Nonfiction category. An accomplished journalist and the author of numerous previous books, D’Ambrosio’s work has appeared in such publications as Western Horseman, Montana Magazine, and Backpacker Magazine. He lives in Missoula.
Location: Murdock Gallery, Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N 27th St

2:30 pm: First Book Award Nominees

Dee Ann Redman, moderator
Cynthia Swanson, The Bookseller

Cynthia Swanson’s first novel, The Bookseller (set in 1960s Denver), is a HPBA finalist, the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, and recommended by Indie Next. Cynthia lives in Denver with her family and is in-progress on a second novel. 

Christine Carbo, The Wild Inside
Christine Carbo’s The Wild Inside is a First Book finalist in the HPBA. Acclaimed by Booklist and Publishers Weekly, her novel is set in Montana, where Carbo lives with her family. She received a master’s degree from the University of Montana and teaches at Flathead Valley Community College.

Chris Cauble, publisher of Beth Hunter McHugh's The Actor
Chris Cauble has long been associated with the small press industry. As Vice-President for Publishing at Falcon Press in Helena, Montana, he specialized in guidebooks for outdoor recreationists. In 2001, he opened his own publishing house, Riverbend Publishing, and has compiled an impressive catalog. Riverbend's subject matter includes fiction, natural history, photography, and memoir, and these books have received numerous awards.
Location: Visible Vault, Yellowstone Art Museum, 505 North 26th Street

2:30 pm: Short Story Award Nominees

Corby Skinner, moderator
Patrick Hicks, The Collector of Names

Patrick Hicks is a finalist in the HPBA for The Collector of Names, his first collection of  short stories. Though he grew up in the Midwest and lives in South Dakota, he has traveled and studied overseas and is a citizen of both Ireland and the US. His work has appeared widely in literary journals, and his eight books of poetry, all published since 2005, represent a highly prolific career. 

Jerry McGahan, The Deer Walking Upside Down
A resident of Arlee, Montana, Jerry McGahan is a HPBA short story finalist for The Deer Walking Upside Down. His prose has appeared in numerous literary journals, and his oil paintings have been exhibited widely throughout Montana. He is also a novelist, zoologist and filmmaker.

Joe Wilkins, Far Enough: A Western in Fragments
Joe Wilkins returns as a HPBA finalist for his short story collection Far Enough: A Western in Fragments. A widely anthologized and acclaimed poet and memoirist, Wilkins’ honors include the Pushcart Prize, the Montana Book Award, and the GLCA New Writers Award. He is the author of six books of prose and poetry, and currently lives in Oregon.
Location: This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway

3:30 pm: Music with Poet David Romtvedt

A resident of Buffalo, Wyoming, David Romtvedt is a poet and musician.  A spirited and humorous reader of poetry, Romtvedt also plays button accordion with the Fireants, who have recorded three cds.  With the band Ospa, he has recently released the cd Hori Da (That’s It) focusing on Basque music.
Location: Wild Ginger, 2713 Montana Ave

3:30 pm: Nature Writing with Phil Condon

An Environmental Studies Professor at the University of Montana, Phil Condon is a widely published writer of fiction and nonfiction. His novel Clay Center was awarded the Novel Award from the Faulkner Society of New Orleans, and his collection stories Nine Ten Again won the Elixir Press Fiction Award. After living in California, British Columbia and the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, he settled in Missoula, Montana, where he has lived since 1987.
Location: Visible Vault, Yellowstone Art Museum, 505 North 26th Street

6:00 pm: High Plains Book Award Banquet

Ticketed Event
Location: Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N 27th St

Sunday: October 9, 2016

11:00 pm: Writers Community

Linda Sexson, David Romtvedt, William Hjortsberg

“I have noticed that my characters resist the supernatural even as the divine bursts into their lives,” notes Lynda Sexson in the journal Image. She is the author of three books, Ordinarily Sacred, Margaret of the Imperfections, and Hamlet’s Planets, and the writer/director of a film, My Book and Heart Shall Never Part. Her work has appeared widely in a who’s who of American literary magazines, including Kenyon Review, Carolina Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Epoch. Emeritus Professor of Humanities at Montana State University, Sexson received a Ph.D. in Religion from Syracuse University.

A resident of Buffalo, Wyoming, David Romtvedt is a poet whose awards include a Pushcart Prize, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award. His book A Flower Whose Name I Do Not Know was selected for the National Poetry Series. His most recent work is the novel Zelestina Urza in Outer Space (U. of Nevada Center for Basque Studies, 2015) and the poetry collection Dilemmas of the Angels forthcoming in 2017 from Louisiana State University Press.

Born in New York City, William Hjortsberg attended Darmouth College, the Yale School of Drama, and Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow. He has published in Playboy, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times Book Review, and other major magazines. Winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Playboy Editorial Awards, Hjortsberg has published numerous books, including Falling Angel, Nevermore, and Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan. He also wrote the screenplay for the Ridley Scott-directed Legend, which won numerous awards and acquired a cult following. 
Location: Sunday Brunch at the This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway

2:00 pm: Keith McCafferty - Author Talk & Book Signing

McCafferty will be talking about (and signing) his new book Buffalo Jump Blues
Location: This House of Books, 224 N. Broadway

Authors interested in taking part in a future BookFest should contact Corby Skinner, Writer's Voice director at corby@skinnerbenoit.com.