Lynne Spriggs O'Connor in conversation with Sarah Calhoun

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 6:00pm

Country Bookshelf Presents Lynne Spriggs O'Connor in conversation with Sarah Calhoun June 18th at 6pm.

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Country Bookshelf is proud to present Lynne Spriggs O'Connor and Sarah Calhoun on June 18th at 6pm.

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Having spent ten summers on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation near Glacier National Park, part of her fieldwork for a PhD in Native American Art History, forty-two-year-old Lynne Spriggs thinks of Montana as her healing place. When she moves to “Big Sky Country” from the East Coast in a quest to reset her life, she arrives with high hopes.

Her new start in Great Fall is not what Lynne imagined. But her dream of being more connected to nature in the American West comes alive when she meets Harrison, a handsome but cantankerous rancher. With her dog Willow by her side, visits to his hidden valley lead her to bugling elk, dancing birds, and night-calving in blizzards. In a modern world where listening is rare, Elk Love explores an intimate place where loneliness gives way to wonder, where the natural world speaks of what matters most.

Before moving to the rural West at age forty-two, Lynne Spriggs curated exhibitions of folk and self-taught art at the High Museum in Atlanta. She spent ten summers on northern Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation while pursuing fieldwork for her PhD in Native American Art History at Columbia University. She also worked in the film industry as Production Coordinator for Spalding Gray and Jonathan Demme on the iconic Swimming to Cambodia. After landing in Montana, she curated Bison: American Icon, a major permanent exhibit for the C. M. Russell Museum on bison in the Northern Plains. For the past fifteen years, she and her husband have lived on a cattle ranch in an isolated Montana mountain valley east of the Rockies, where her life centers on writing, animals, and family. Elk Love is her first memoir.

Sarah Calhoun is the owner of Red Ants Pants, the executive director of the Red Ants Pants Foundation and the producer of the Red Ants Pants Music Festival. The festival is in its thirteenth year and draws tens of thousands to a cow pasture in Meagher County. It was named the Event of the Year by the Montana Office of Tourism.

From her home in the small town of White Sulphur Springs, she has become an inspiration to entrepreneurs nationwide and is known for her dedication to supporting rural communities, and women’s leadership.

In 2018 she was inducted into the Montana Business Hall of Fame. In 2012, named the National Women in Business Champion for the SBA. She has been invited to the White House twice, and honored when Governor Schweitzer named her the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year for the State of Montana.

She has given two TEDx talks, dozens of keynote addresses, and has gained national press such as CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Sunset, Entrepreneur, National Geographic, The New York Times and The Huffington Post.

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ISBN: 9781647426408
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Published: She Writes Press - June 18th, 2024

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