Elk River Arts & Lectures presents
Fall 2014 with Mary Clearman Blew, David Barsamian & Kim Zupan
Elk River Arts & Lectures will host author Mary Clearman Blew, journalist David Barsamian and novelist Kim Zupan for its fall 2014 lecture series. Each writer will spend time talking with local high school students, and then give a public reading or lecture.
Mary Clearman Blew is a Montana literary legend whose memoir of growing up on a ranch near Lewistown, All But the Waltz, shares a historical tradition with the nonfiction works of Ivan Doig, Judy Blunt and Joe Wilkins. Her reading will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 2.
David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado. One of America’s most wide-ranging and respected independent journalists, David Barsamian has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, Arundhati Roy and others. He will speak on Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m.
Kim Zupan’s debut novel, The Ploughmen, is being released this fall to great critical acclaim.
In it, Zupan chronicles the insomniac friendship between a Montana sheriff’s deputy and the killer he guards. “What forms the connection initially between Gload and Millimaki,” he says, “is that both of them had been farmers. The book is not a pastoral by any means but neither is the title ironic. Sitting on the plow was for both men restorative and therapeutic. Farming recalls for each of them a time of innocence. The title may rightly conjure a bucolic image, but at the same time it refers to two men for whom violence and death are quotidian aspects of their chosen professions.” Zupan will read at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 30.
All readings are free and open to the public. They will take place upstairs at Elk River Books,120 N. Main St., and will be followed by a reception and signing. The events are co-sponsored by the Murray Hotel and Elk River Books.