Festival of the Book 2015


The Great Falls Public Library is hosting the 15th annual Great Falls Festival of the Book with literary events starting on April 16 and continuing on various dates through April 28.  All events are free and open to the public.  This book festival is sponsored by the Great Falls Public Library Foundation. The schedule is below:

April 16, Thursday   7:00 P.M.


Montana Now and Then with Kristen Inbody and Gerald Clark

Kristen Inbody is a Great Falls Tribune reporter and co-author of Montana State Parks: Complete Guide and Travel Companion.  Gerald Clark was an archaeologist for the BLM for 30 years.  He is the author of Supplying Custer: The Powder River Supply Depot. 



April 18, Saturday    1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Art from Books: A Hands-On Workshop with Julia Becker

Local artist and art professor Julia Becker will lead a hands-on workshop turning old, discarded books into works of art.  She will also show a short power point presentation illustrating diverse possibilities of this art form, from simple to complex.  The workshop is free and materials will be provided, but registration is required.  You may register at the library or by calling 453-0349.


April 23, Thursday      7:00 P.M.


Montana’s Charlie Russell with Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney and Kirby Lambert

Jennifer Bottomly-O’looney, senior curator at the Montana State Historical Society museum and Kirby Lambert, the Montana State Society’s outreach and interpretation program manager, have authored Montana’s Charlie Russell, a compendium on Charlie Russell.  It contains images of almost every piece of art made by Russell, from sketches to masterpieces.  Along with images of his paintings and sculptures are the stories behind the man and his art.


April 24, Friday         7:30 pm

Gala Reading with Adrian Jawort & Sterling HolyWhiteMountain,

Carol Bradley, & Kim Zupan


Adrian Jawort is a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe from the Billings area and a freelance writer.  He edited and contributed writing to Off the Beaten Path: An Anthology of 21st Century Montana American Indian Writers, Vol.1 put out by Off the Path LLC, the publishing company he founded.


Sterling HolyWhiteMountain grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation.  He has a BA in English Creative Writing from UM, an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin.  He is currently writing a collection of novellas and short stories.  In addition he owns Rez Made, a clothing company for reservation peoples, and is the director of the Writing Center at Blackfeet Community College in Browning, MT.


Carol Bradley is Great Falls’ own award-winning investigative journalist and author of two books dealing with animal cruelty, Saving Gracie: How one dog escaped the shadowy world of American puppy mills and Last Chains on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top.  She is currently working on her third book.


Kim Zupan, who lives in Missoula, grew up in and around Great Falls, where much of his acclaimed novel The Ploughmen is set.    He holds a MFA from UM.


April 25, Saturday    1:00 P.M.

Diverse Reads

Three diverse women share their work.  Arlene Blessing, from Great Falls, has written a humorous travelogue, We Were There But Where; Tribune columnist and rancher Lisa Schmidt shares Prairie Ponderings; and BJ Daniels, a former reporter and editor for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, shares her success as a bestselling Harlequin Intrigue author with over 70 published books.


April 28, Tuesday      7:00 pm

Word Meister Contest

The annual Word Meister Contest combines love of words, healthy competition and a drive for the Great Falls Food Bank.  Previous competitors have included teams from the Great Falls Tribune, local TV stations, and Great Falls High School.  Former Great Falls Public Library Director Jim Heckel and KRTV personality Art Taft co-host.

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