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My Ántonia by Willa Cather

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My Ántonia
Willa Cather

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Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland

Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland will present essays about Willa Cather written by the late author, historian, scholar, and MSU Billings professor Sue Hart.

Event Location: 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Wed, Apr 15, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: My Ántonia

Copy of Book Discussion - "My Antonia"

Book Discussion

Event Location: Billings YMCA, 402 North 32nd, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Thu, Apr 16, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: My Ántonia

Writers Reflection of Willa Cather

Local writers Danell Jones, Bernie Quetchenbach, Cara Chamberlain, Russell Rowland, and John Clayton reflect on the work of Willa Cather. Short excerpts from the work of Willa Cather and readings from the authors work.

Event Location: 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: My Ántonia

Willa Cather: The Road Is All

Willa Cather: The Road Is All, 2005 90 minutes Through vintage photos, interviews and reenactments of the abiding novels that illuminate her spirit, this entry in the "American Masters" series spotlights writer Willa Cather, who penned such notable works as "My Antonia" and "One of Ours." Actor David Strathairn provides the narration, while Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden reads passages from Cather's meticulously crafted works, which feature gritty female characters. Cast:David Strathairn, Marcia Gay Harden

Event Location: 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: My Ántonia

"Georgraphy of the Heart" Willa Cather and the Legacy of Western Women Writers

Willa Cather Award winner Carolyn Patterson provides an hour-long survey of Montana women writers, from early Native American writers through homesteaders and settlers (Mary Ronan and Nannie Alderson) into the mining days (Mary MacLane of Butte) and the progressive era of Montana (Frieda Fliegelman and Grace Stone Coates). Finally Patterson wraps up her program with the survey of contemporary poets, memoirists and fiction writers who have help to reinterpret and re-envision the landscape of the American West (Judy Blunt, Sandra Alcosser, Melissa Kwansy, Maile Meloy, Deirdre McNamer, and Tami Haaland). To conclude, Patterson asks the audience to volunteer brief stories about remarkable women they have known: homesteaders, teachers, ranchers, rodeo riders, and homemakers.

Event Location: 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: My Ántonia

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

"Broads, Booze and Bukaroos" a writing workshop with Christerne Meyers

Popular writer Christene Meyers will return to Montana to conduct several regional workshops for The Writer’s Voice during the month of May. “Broads, Booze and Buckaroos” will offer tips on imagining or reimagining one’s history – with its eccentrics, secrets and excesses – to produce lively writing, whether fiction or fact. Meyers’, whose novel, “Lilian’s Last Dance” is recently out in paperback, with discuss her own history as an award winning reporter and arts writer and her evolution as a poet and recently, novelist. Her workshops are part of “The Big Read” activities sponsored by The Writer’s Voice. Meyers will also appear as the final reader during “Wednesdays with Willa” May 20 at the Parmly Billings Library featuring an acclaimed roster of writers. She will read from “Lilian’s Last Dance,” her newly published novel, available on Amazon, in paperback and as an ebook. “Meyers’ theme fits in nicely with the Big Read and our theme of strong, memorable women,” says Corby Skinner. “It’s appropriate that we’re revisiting Willa Cather’s “My Antonia,” a favorite book of Meyers. Her novel, ‘Lilian’s Last Dance,’ is replete with strong personalities. Her title character is a very memorable woman. Her settings include memorable western backdrops.”

Event Location: , Absarokee, MT 59001

Date: Sat, May 16, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Date: Sat, Jun 6, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Book: My Ántonia

Christene Meyers" "Lilian's Last Dance" - Exploring the Immigrant Experience in the West

"...a marvelous romp through the history of film and performance, with a pure love for the stage, in whatever form it presents itself....." Acclaimed writer Ruth Rudner on “Lilian’s Last Dance.” It’s 1907 and New York is teeming with immigrants and new ideas. “Lilian’s Last Dance” unfolds in this fertile and revolutionary time as “the flickers” grab America’s attention. Art, music, movies, fashion and mores are changing. The global stage is in flux. A traveling troupe of repertory players makes silent movies, performing musical acts and comedy sketches between film shorts from its New York base. The impresario is a hard-working British-born film maker -- a romantic who loves America and her ambitious, talented people. He sees a changing audience, in the transition from Vaudeville and “the silents” to Hollywood filmmaking and the first talkies. Looking for a dazzling headliner to wow crowds, the troupe plucks up a disgruntled sharpshooter from the waning days of Buffalo Bill’s once famous Wild West show. French born Lilian Dumont is sexy, opinionated and eager to leave Cody’s fading extravaganza. She’s a natural before the camera. When Lilian takes aim – on a target or a crowd’s attention -- she doesn’t miss! The film maker is smitten. Craving change and new territory, the troupe heads west, criss-crossing the U.S., plying its wares in storefront theaters to sold-out crowds. A love triangle develops when a dashing Montana outlaw shows up at a Midwest Nickelodeon and falls hard for Lilian. As the company travels through Oklahoma, Texas, and finally Hollywood, passions flare and loyalties shift. Artists, actors, movie moguls, ranchers, cowboys, lawmakers and law breakers inhabit this carnival of color which takes a bow in Paris, London and other lively locales. Adding color and intrigue are a Hawaiian cowgirl with a Pancho Villa fetish, a jilted U.S. marshal out for revenge and a gay Peruvian painter about to make it big. As the performers enact their theatrical dramas, a larger stage features bank robbery, murders, honor, loyalty and revenge. All set again the turmoil of a world on the brink of World War. “Lilian’s Last Dance” artfully moves its action from the streets of Paris to the European Front, to a secluded Montana hide-out, to Chicago and to San Francisco rebuilding after the devastating quake. Real-life cameos include Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, Conrad Hilton, Edith Wharton, Ty Cobb, Pablo Picasso, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Gertrude Stein and others.

Event Location: Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Wed, May 20, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: My Ántonia

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