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Thursday, September 27 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Great Montana Read Panel

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What is Montana’s best loved novel? This spring, a panel of our own literary experts sought to answer this question as part of the nationwide search for the PBS program, the Great American Read. Though the selection process was tough, the judges narrowed their picks to 20. The final list features books published within an 80 year time span, including stunning debuts and heartfelt finales from established and up-and-coming authors.  Join Sarah Aronson, host of MTPR's "The Write Question" alongside a handful of our judges to celebrate the extraordinary literary achievements inspired by Montana’s authors and its place. Panel members will share their own judging process, including books that narrowly missed the final list as well as the qualities which make Montana literature stand out within the national literary scene. Classics, like James Welch’s “Fools Crow” will be discussed alongside contemporary contributions such as Emily Danforth’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post.” Come get your crash course in Montana’s best books and join the conversation as we work to keep the Treasure State’s literary scene thriving.

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Kim Anderson

Director, Montana Center for the Book
Kim returned to her hometown of Missoula in 1989 and spent the next eleven years caring for her two children and working out of a home office as both a free-lance writer and editor and the executive director of several nonprofit arts organizations. Before returning to Missoula, she... Read More →

Desiree Funston

Reference Librarian, Missoula Public Library
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Robert Stubblefield

Robert Stubblefield is the faculty advisor for The Oval, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Montana, where he also teaches fiction and composition. His stories and essays have appeared in Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Fiction of the American West... Read More →

Thursday September 27, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Missoula County Public Library 301 East Main