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The Write Question
Program Website: http://mtpr.org/twq
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 supporters of public radio.
David G. Gordon
For many Americans, eating a lowly insect is something you’d only do on a dare. But with naturalist and noted bug chef David George Gordon, bug-eating is fun, exciting, and downright delicious! Now you can impress, enlighten, and entertain your family and friends with Gordon’s one-of-a-kind recipes. Spice things up at the next neighborhood potluck with a big bowl of Orthopteran Orzo—pasta salad with a cricket-y twist. Conquer your fear of spiders with a Deep-Fried Tarantula. And for dessert, why not try a White Chocolate and Wax Worm Cookie? During this program, David Gordon explains how grasshopper ranching can save the environment.
Ken Egan Jr.
In 1864, vast herds of buffalo roamed the northern short-grass prairie and numerous Native American nations lived on both sides of the adjacent Continental Divide. Lewis and Clark had come and gone, and so had most of the fur trappers and mountain men. The land that would become Montana was mostly still the wild and untrammeled landscape it had been for millennia. That all changed in a single year—1864—because of gold, the Civil War, and the relentless push of white Americans into Indian lands. In his new book, MONTANA 1864, Ken Egan Jr. captures this momentous year with a tapestry of riveting stories about Indians, traders, gold miners, trail blazers, fortune-seekers, settlers, Vigilantes, and outlaws—the characters who changed Montana, and those who resisted the change with words and war.
Geneva is a 62-year-old woman for whom love is a lesson. Paris is a 29-year-old man for whom love is a feat. Tatum is a 34-year-old woman for whom love is a tragedy. But because love is none of these things, none know love. Over the course of four season in southwestern Montana, all of that will change. Shaking Out The Dead is a novel that takes the readers on a poetic journey through the landscape of the human heart, reminiscent of the work of Alice Munro and Richard Ford.
In this mysterious and chilling novel, girls, mostly Native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway in the isolated Pacific Northwest. Leo Kreutzer and his friends are barely touched by these disappearances — until a series of enigmatic strangers arrive in their remote mountain town, beguiling and bewitching them. It seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them. In a review for the New York Times, Claire Vaye Watkins stated that Adrianne Huran is "heir apparent to Louise Erdrich and Harry Crews."
In the tradition of The Lost City of Z and Skeleton in the Zahara, Astoria is the thrilling, true-adventure tale of the 1810 Astor Expedition, an epic, now forgotten, three-year journey to forge an American empire on the Pacific Coast. In Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival, Peter Stark offers a harrowing saga in which a band of explorers battled nature, starvation, and madness to establish the first American settlement in the Pacific Northwest and opened up what would become the Oregon trail, permanently altering the nation's landscape and its global standing.
On New Year’s Day, 16-year-old Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It’s painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what she doesn’t know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges—including vicious side stitches, chafing in unmentionable places, and race-paced first love—and strengthening herself to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined, in On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor.