Celebrate Downtown Bozeman and join us for two special virtual events this week!


Books in Common NW welcomes historian Cassandra Tate to share her book UNSETTLED GROUND, with writer Jane Kirkpatrick.

A nineteenth-century attack by Native Americans on a Presbyterian mission in what would become the Oregon Territory, now called the Whitman Massacre, proved to be a turning point in the history of the American West. Unsettled Ground examines the tangled legacy of that event.

In 1836, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, devout missionaries from upstate New York, established a Presbyterian mission on Cayuse Indian land near what is now the fashionable wine capital of Walla Walla, Washington. Eleven years later, a group of Cayuses killed the Whitmans and eleven others in what became known as the Whitman Massacre. The attack led to a war of retaliation against the Cayuse; the extension of federal control over the present-day states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming; and martyrdom for the Whitmans. Today, the Whitmans are more likely to be demonized as colonizers than revered as heroes. Historian and journalist Cassandra Tate takes a fresh look at the personalities, dynamics, disputes, social pressures, and shifting legacy of a pivotal event in the history of the American West.

Tickets: Free - $32.00

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We're thrilled to be spending an evening with two fierce writers of the American West! Books in Common NW hosts Pam Houston and Amy Irvine, as they share their recently published collection of letters, Air Mail. 

The two were paired together for Orion's Magazine's "Together Apart" series of letters from isolation. During a time when the country was wrought with turmoil as residents struggled with coping with the pandemic, rising numbers of infected and dead, as well as addressing social inequalities, Houston and Irvine found their letters to one another nearly as necessary as breath. Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place is a revealing collections of moments captured in these historic times. This evolution of friendship reveals intimate reflections on land, motherhood, the strength inherent in woment, and the strength inherent in us all as we navigate these turbulent times and take steps forward to build a new nation. Their discussion on current events touches on the movement sparked by Eric Garner's death and the fabrication of reality in Tiger King. These notes, these thoughts, are evidence of the strength of community and connection, even as distance and disease kept the authors apart.

The two, who met in person only after publication, kept writing--their letters forged a friendship and became Air Mail.

Tickets: Free - $23.00

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