High Plains BookFest

High Plains BookFest

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High Plains BookFest scheduled for September 24-25 in Billings

Authors appearing at the 2021 High Plains BookFest were announced today. Covid-19 prevented the book festival from taking place in 2020, however, this year the 19th annual BookFest will happen with a reduced number of events and with caution. “We strongly encourage masking and social distancing at the various downtown venues,” said festival director Corby Skinner. “If you have not been vaccinated, I strongly suggest you read the books from the comfort of your home,” he adds.

Topics range from the historical and cultural history of Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness to a photographic glimpse into lives of the patrons of legendary Missoula bar.

Work by contemporary Native Americans is represented by three authors including David Weiden, author of Winter Counts, named an Amazon Best Book of 2020 and Best Mystery and Thriller of the year. Winter Counts is the story of a local Native American enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation who becomes obsessed with finding and stopping the dealer who is bringing increasingly dangerous drugs into his community.

Three well known regional fiction writers, Jamie Harrison, Caroline Patterson and Patrick Hicks will read from, and share insights into their recent novels. Rounding out the weekend festivities will be lively presentations by Rob Chaney on grizzly bears, Gretchen Minton’s discovery of William Shakespeare in Montana!

All events are free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the Western Heritage Center, Billings Public Library and at This House of Books.

Friday, September 24 – Western Heritage Center

12 noon – Jesse S. Logan, Voices of Yellowstone’s Capstone: A Narrative Atlas of  the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness

2pm – Jean Belangie-Nye, Corner of Space and Time: Lee Nye’s Eddie’s Club Portraits

Friday, September 24 – Billings Public Library

4pm – Gerry Robinson, The Cheyenne Story: An Interpretation of Courage

6pm – David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Winter Counts; Erika T. Wurth, Buckskin Cocaine

Saturday, September 25 – Billings Public Library

12 noon – Gretchen Minton, Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country’s Love Affair with the World’s Most Famous Writer

1:30pm – Rob Chaney, The Grizzly in the Driveway: The Return of Bears to a Crowded American West

3pm – Fiction writers: Patrick Hicks, In the Shadow of Dora: A Novel of the Holocaust and the Apollo Program; Caroline Patterson, The Stone Sister; Jamie Harrison; The Center of Everything

The BookFest is presented by The Writer’s Voice with support from the Charles M. Bair Family Trust, Humanities Montana and the Montana Cultural Trust.

For more information contact Corby Skinner, 294-2390, corby@skinnerbenoit.com

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

    The Billings Public Library Board has established the High Plains Book Awards to recognize regional literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains, including the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.


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