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The Write Question
Program Website: http://thewritequestion.blogspot.com/
The Write Question is a weekly, half-hour program that explores
writing and publishing in the Western United States. Chérie
Newman, a producer with Montana
Public Radio, interviews writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
And, occasionally, a publisher or editor. The program includes readings
and information about the publishing process. The Write Question
receives funding from Humanities
Montana and the Montana Cultural Trust.
Pete Hurley is not the first person to have the idea that building his dream house in the country will bring him some kind of peace and happiness. But he may be the first to arrive in Montana with a World Series ring, a three-legged dog, and a thirst for self-destruction. During this program, Billings author Russell Rowland talks about why he wanted the protagonist of his new novel, High and Inside, to be an alcoholic.
Determined to conquer his affliction of Tourette Syndrome, Josh Hanagarne underwent everything from quack remedies to lethargy-inducing drug regimes to Botox injections that paralyzed his vocal cords and left him voiceless for three years. The World’s Strongest Librarian is a memoir that illuminates the mysteries of this little-understood disorder, as well as the very different worlds of strongman training and modern libraries. With humor and candor, this unlikely hero traces his journey to overcome his disability—and navigate his wavering Mormon faith—to find love and create a life worth living.
Ever since Mabby died while picking beans in their garden—with the pock-a-pock of a helicopter overhead—four-year-old Valley knows what her job is: hide in the underground den with her brother, Bo, while Da is working, because Those People will kill them like coyotes. But now, with Da unexpectedly gone and no home to return to, a teenage Valley (now Valkyrie) and her big brother must bring their message to the outside world. Billings author Blythe Woolston infuses her white-knuckle narrative, set in a day-after-tomorrow Montana, with a dark, trenchant humor and a keen psychological eye. Alternating past-present vignettes in prose as tightly wound as the springs of a clock and as masterfully plotted as a game of chess, she ratchets up the pacing right to the final, explosive end.
Award-winning (2011 National Outdoor Book Award) photographer Kate Davis has created another book filled with stunning images. She specializes in raptors and her new book, Bald Eagle Nest: A Story of Survival in Photos, follows one Bald Eagle nest during a nesting season in which a pair of eagles managed to raise all four of their chicks to adulthood—a very rare feat. One hundred beautiful photos tell this remarkable story.
In How Literature Saved My Life, David Shields uses himself as a representative for all readers and writers who seek to find salvation in literature. Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature to make life survivable,maybe even endurable, by evoking his deeply divided personality, his character flaws, his woes, his serious despairs.
In a collection that tells the stories of her ancestors, Nakoda poet Minerva Allen observes and records the unique culture and life of a Nakoda woman and human being. According to Mandy Smoker Broaddus, "Allen's poems are an act of resistance, a symbol of survival, and an exquisite revelation." Allen reads several of her poems during this program.
TWQ producer Chérie Newman talks with Barbara Theroux and Zed about recently-published books you might want to add to your summer reading list.