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Montana Festival of the Book 

One of my favorite annual events is the Montana Festival of the Book in Missoula, and this year's edition -- September 14-15 -- is shaping up to be particularly exciting.

I'll be reading from The Cowboy Girl on Saturday at 1:00 pm, along with science writer Kim Todd and essayist Jeff Hull. (The full schedule is in this pdf file; times and lineups subject to change.) I'll also be on a panel discussing nonfiction writing on Friday afternoon at 2:30. These panels can be the best or worst types of events, with writers of differing backgrounds occasionally meshing brilliantly.

But I'm particularly excited about the event earlier Friday afternoon (at 1:00 pm), when I'll be interviewing Richard Wheeler. Wheeler is one of the leading contemporary practitioners of fiction set in the American West. Like Caroline Lockhart, he's often overlooked as a mere writer of pulp Westerns, when in fact his work has a depth of characterization that sets it apart from some of his less talented contemporaries. Our conversation will be based on Wheeler's new memoir, An Accidental Novelist.

I'll look forward to seeing lots of new and old friends there!

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