A Million Acres: Montana Writers Reflect on Land and Open Space

Sunday, November 10, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join us for a warm afternoon celebrating Montanan Writers and the landscapes they love in A Million Acres: Montana Writers Reflect on Land and Open Space. This is a stunning book featuring twenty powerful pieces of writing about Montana's land and open spaces by the state's finest contemporary writers. A Million Acres also features twenty-eight spectacular color landscape photographs. We're excited to welcome authors from across the state including: Alexis Bonogofsky, Christine Carbo, Gwen Florio, Jamie Harrison, Allen Morris Jones, and Russell Rowland. 

More about A Million Acres

Montana’s stunning landscapeshapes all who live here and all who visit. In twenty powerful pieces of writing—essays, memoirs, short stories—the state’s finest contemporary writers explore the plains, rivers, and mountains of Big Sky Country. They show us how natural beauty and hardship are two sides of the same coin, and how sometimes the only way to cure heartache is to visit the great outdoors. From a hardscrabble upbringing to the pain of losing the family land, from death on a river to the awe of landing a big fish, from backcountry encounters with grizzly bears to an out-of-stater’s happiness at making Montana her home, A Million Acres offers a wonderfully diverse range of experiences and perspectives. Framing these words are twenty-eight breathtaking photographs that render these open spaces in gorgeous color. Come to Montana: in words, in pictures, in person. And see what makes the Last Best Place worth saving.

Featuring essays and stories by: Rick Bass, Alexis Bonogofsky, Christine Carbo, Janet Skeslien Charles, Gwen Florio, James Grady, Keir Graff, Laulette LeDoux Hansen, Jamie Harrison, Eric Heidle, Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, Allen Morris Jones, Carrie La Seur, Maxim Loskutoff, Antonia Malchik, Maile Meloy, Caroline Patterson, Jim Robbins, Russell Rowland, and Joe Wilkins.

More about the Authors

Alexis Bonogofsky is a fourth- generation Montanan, goat and sheep rancher, and freelance writer and photographer who lives and works along the Yellowstone River in southeastern Montana where she grew up. Her writing and photography can be found on her website East of Billings and in various news outlets and magazines including Mountain Journal, Montana Quarterly, Farm 406, and High Desert Journal. For ten years she managed the Tribal Lands Partnership Program for the National Wildlife Federation. She received her BA in International Studies from Gonzaga University and her MA in International Development from University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies. Her conservation work was featured in the book and movie, This Changes Everything, by Canadian journalist and author Naomi Klein and in the recent National Geographic coal documentary, From the Ashes. In 2014, Alexis was awarded the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe.

Christine Carbo is the author of the Glacier Mystery novels, an ensemble series set in and around Glacier National Park. Her books include The Wild Inside, Mortal Fall, The Weight of Night, and A Sharp Solitude. She is a recipient of the Women’s National Book Association Pinckley Prize, the Silver Falchion Award, and the High Plains Book Award. After earning a pilot’s license, pursuing various adventures in Norway, and working a brief stint as a flight attendant, she earned an MA in English and linguistics and taught college-level courses. She still teaches, in a vastly different realm, as the owner of a Pilates studio. She lives with her family in Whitefish. Find out more at ChristineCarbo.com. 

Longtime journalist and Delaware native Gwen Florio finally found her way to Montana in 2005. The first of her six novels was published in 2013. That book’s title? Montana.

Jamie Harrison, who has lived in Montana with her family for more than thirty years, has worked as a caterer, a gardener, and an editor. She is the author of five previous novels—the Jules Clement series of mysteries (The Edge of the Crazies, Going Local, An Unfortunate Prairie Occurrence, and Blue Deer Thaw), which will be reprinted by Counterpoint Press beginning in 2020, and The Widow Nash, a finalist for the High Plains Book Award and the winner of the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers’ Association’s Reading the West Award. Her next novel, as yet untitled, will be released by Counterpoint in the spring of 2020.

Allen Morris Jones is the author of the novels Last Year’s River, A Bloom of Bones, and Sweeney on the Rocks, as well as a highly regarded treatise on the ethics of hunting, A Quiet Place of Violence. Co-editor of The Best of Montana’s Short Fiction, he has also worked as a magazine editor, book editor, and publisher of his own small press, Bangtail Press. He lives in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife and young son.

Russell Rowland’s fifth novel, Cold Country, will be published by Dzanc Books in the fall of 2019. Two of his previous novels have been finalists for the High Plains Book Award for Fiction. He has an MA in creative writing from Boston University and currently lives in Billings, where he is working on a memoir called Be a Man and consulting for other writers.

Event Guidelines

This event is free and open to the public. Most of our events are held upstairs, but we do not have an elevator. Please contact us with any accessibility concerns. To join the signing line and have books signed by the author at this event, please consider purchasing your copy of A Million Acres from Country Bookshelf, either in-store, over the phone, or online. By purchasing your book from Country Bookshelf, you are not only supporting a locally owned, independent business, but you are also showing publishers that they should continue sending authors to Country Bookshelf. The author's previous titles will be available for purchase at the event as supplies last. 

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A Million Acres: Montana Writers Reflect on Land and Open Space By Keir Graff (Editor), Alexis Bonogofsky (Photographer), Keir Graff (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Keir Graff (Editor), Alexis Bonogofsky (Photographer), Keir Graff (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781606391211
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Riverbend Publishing - October 15th, 2019

Event address: 
Country Bookshelf
28 West Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715