Join us for a reading by Montana author Walter Kirn on Friday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall on the University of Montana Campus. This event is free and upen to the public, sponsored by the UM Creative Writing Program and the President's Writers-in-Residence Series.
Walter Kirn is the 2013 Kittredge Visiting Writer at the University of Montana. He is the author of seven books, including the memoir Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever and the novels Up in the Air and Thumbsucker, which were both made into films. Kirn has reviewed books for New York Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and New York Times Sunday Magazine. He is a national correspondent for The New Republic and has served as an American cultural correspondent for the BBC. Kirn lives in Livingston, Montana.
Andrew Sean Greer's (MFA 1996) latest novel, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, came out in June 2013 (Ecco). John Irving states, "The premise of this novel isn't that a woman travels through time: it's that 'the impossible happens once to each of us'...What this wonderful novel teaches us is how magic works."
To honor the life and work of Greta Wrolstad (1981 - 2005), author of Night is Simply a Shadow (2013) and Notes On Sea & Shore (2010), Tavern books invites submissions of new poetry collections through the Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series. The contest is open to any woman aged 40 years or younger who is a US citizen, regardless of publication history. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished, full-length collections of original poetry written in English. Manuscript submissions must be postmarked between October 1, 2013 and January 15, 2014. The Series selection will be announced June 2014 and published in 2015. Read about Greta Wrolstad and the new series in this September 15 Missoulian article by Martin Kidston.
Hear Greta Wrolstad's poetry read at Shakespeare & Co. on Tuesday, October 1, 7 p.m. Carl Adamshick from Tavern Books will also be discussing the Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series.
Catherine Meng (MFA 2000) has a new poetry collection with Split Level Texts. Jon Davis describes The Longest Total Solar Eclipse of the Century as "full of awakenings, when the world appears new and wild, suddenly freed from the constructs we have invented to tame it."
Emily Ruskovich (B.A. 2007), currently a McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, landed a double book contract with Random House. Her story collection, tentatively titled Idaho, will appear in 2013; look for her novel-in-progress, also from Random House, a couple years down the road.