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My Ántonia by Willa Cather

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My Ántonia
Willa Cather

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A reading by Willa Cather award winning writer Julene Bair

“Wednesdays with Willa” In celebration of Willa Cather and her ground-breaking novel My Antonia, we’ve invited award-winning contemporary women writers to reflect on the influence of Willa Cather and then present a selection of their own work. An Evening with Julene Bair 7pm, Wednesday, May 6th Billings Public Library 510 North Broadway Billings, MT 59101 Julene Bair is the author of The Ogallala Road, A Memoir of Love and Reckoning (Viking Penguin 2014). Her first book, One Degree West: Reflections of a Plainsdaughter, won Mid-List Press’s First Series Award and a WILLA Award from Women Writing the West. Bair’s essays have appeared in venues ranging from the New York Times to High Country News. A 2004 NEA fellow, she has taught at the University of Wyoming, the University of Iowa, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Denver’s Lighthouse Writers and the Jackson Hole Writing Festival. Prior to teaching and writing, her career interests ranged from the management of a San Francisco recording studio to filmmaker to farmer. She lives in Longmont, Colorado. The presentation is free and open to the public. Presented by the Writer’s Voice and the Billings Public Library Sponsored by The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts

Event Location: 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Wed, May 6, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: My Ántonia

A reading by Willa Cather Award winner Sandra Dallas

“Wednesdays with Willa” In celebration of Willa Cather and her ground-breaking novel My Antonia, we’ve invited award-winning contemporary women writers to reflect on the influence of Willa Cather and then present a selection of their own work. An Evening with Sandra Dallas 7pm, Wednesday, May 13th Billings Public Library 510 North Broadway Billings, MT 59101 New York Times best-selling author Sandra Dallas, the author of thirteen adult novels, two young reader novels, and ten nonfiction books, was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. Sandra’s novels with their themes of loyalty, friendship, and human dignity have been translated into a dozen foreign languages and have been optioned for films. A journalism graduate of the University of Denver, Sandra began her writing career as a reporter with Business Week. A staff member for twenty-five years (and the magazine’s first female bureau chief,) she covered the Rocky Mountain region, writing about everything from penny-stock scandals to hard-rock mining, western energy development to contemporary polygamy. Many of her experiences have been incorporated into her novels. While a reporter, she began writing the first of her nonfiction books. They include The Quilt That Walked to Golden, recipient of the Independent Publishers Assn. Benjamin Franklin Award, and Sacred Paint, a biography of artist Ned Jacob. Turning to fiction in 1990, Sandra has published thirteen novels, including A Quilt for Christmas, and two children’s books, the latest Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Skies. Sandra is a three-time recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award, for New Mercies, The Bride’s House, and True Sisters. She is a two-time winner of both the National Cowboy Museum’s Wranger Award, for Sacred Paint and The Quilt Walk, and the Western Writers of America Spur Award, for The Chili Queen and Tallgrass. The audio version of Tallgrass won two Audio Publishers Assn. Audie Awards. Prayers for Sale was given the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award for Historical Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2014 Eleanor Gheres Award from the Denver Public Library and the Pikes Peak Library District’s 2014 Frank Waters Award. Sandra lives in Denver and Georgetown, Colorado, with her husband Bob. She is the mother of two daughters, Dana, a lawyer in New Orleans, and Povy, a photographer in Golden, Colorado. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Event Location: 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Wed, May 13, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: My Ántonia

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