High Plains BookFest

High Plains BookFest

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(All events except the Awards Banquet are free of charge.)


A Reading of Her Own
Nonfiction stories from women writers challenge the audience to connect to their experiences. These short memoirs and essays by women writers including High Plain Book Award finalists. Hosted by Billings Area Literary Arts
7 pm, Friday, Oct. 19 at MoAV Coffee, 2501 Montana


Reading: Science & Nature
“Ghostwalker: Tracking a Mountain Lion’s Soul through Science and Story,” Leslie Patten
“Women Who Dig: Farming, Feminism and the Fight to Feed the World,” by Trina Moyles
Western Heritage Center, noon

Indigenous Writers
“AwÃsis and the World-Famous Bannock,” Dallas Hunt
“Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption,” Susan Devan Harness
“One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays From The World At Large,” Chris La Tray
“An Honest, Genial and Kindly People,” Valerie Guillemin
Western Heritage Center, 2:00 pm

Private Reception
Book Award Finalists, Readers, and Book Reviewers
Billings Public Library – Community Room, 5 pm – 7 pm

Public Presentation and Community Discussion
 Adopting A Child Of A Different Race? Let’s Talk 
Susan Devan Harness
Billings Public Library – Community Room, 7:30 pm


Reading: Creative Nonfiction
“Petting Tigers: My Life as a Witness of Jehovah,” Shelley Smith Jones
“West to Montana,” Christine Wortman-Engren
Billings Public Library, Community Room, 10 am

Reading for Children
“Double! Not Half,” Rodney Gottula
“My Buddy, Dido,” Marion Mutala
“Prison Paws: Max’s Story,” Donna Cochran
Billings Public Library, Story Tower, 10:30 am

Reading for Young Adults
“Wolfe in Shepherd’s Clothing: A Shepherd & Wolfe Mystery,” Counios & Gane
Billings Public Library, Computer Classroom, 11 am

Reading: Short Stories
“Cloudbursts: Collected and New Stories,” Thomas McGuane
“Come West and See: Stories, Maxim Loskutoff
“Thorn-Field,” James Trettwer
Yellowstone Art Museum, 11 am

Reading: Nonfiction Writer
 “An African In Imperial London: The Indomitable Life of A. B. C. Merriman-Labor,” Danell Jones
Danell Jones in conversation with Merriman-Labor’s great-nephew Melbourne Garber
This House of Books, noon

Reading: Nonfiction Writers
“Buffalo Heartbeats Across the Plains: The Last Great Hunts and Saving the Buffalo,” Francie M. Berg
“Wild Migrations: Atlas of Wyoming’s Ungulates,” Matthew J. Kauffman
Billings Public Library, Community Room, 1 pm

Reading: Fiction Writers
“A Death in Eden,” Keith McCafferty
“Go Ask Fannie,” Elisabeth Hyde
“The River by Starlight,” Ellen Notbohm
Yellowstone Art Museum, 1:30 pm

Reading: Woman Writers
“Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption,” Susan Devan Harness
“Buried,” Ruth Chorney
Billings Public Library, Community Room, 3 pm

Art & Photography Presentation
“Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West,” Dr. Peter H. Hassrick
“Bert Riggall’s Greater Waterton,” Beth Towe
“An Honest, Genial and Kindly People,” Valerie Guillemin
“Plains Indian Buffalo Cultures: Art From the Paul Dyck Collection,” Emma I. Hansen Yellowstone Art Museum, 3 pm

Poetry Reading
“All That Held Us,” Henrietta Goodman
“Blackbird Song,” Randy Lundy
“Heavy,” Joy M. Brown
“View from True North,” Sara Henning (poems read by Emily Ursuliak)
This House of Books, 3 pm

High Plains Book Award Banquet

Yellowstone Art Museum (ticketed event)
Reception 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm

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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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