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My Ántonia by Willa Cather

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Beginning Monday, March 16th, stop by the Billings Public Library to pick up your copy of Willa Cather's My Antonia. Sign up for a Book Discussion which will begin the week of April 20th at venues throughout Billings.

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

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 8:00pm

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Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland

Wednesday, April 15, The Writer’s Voice and Billings Public Library will be kicking off the Big Read program with a lecture by Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland entitled "Willa Cather and Sue Hart: Two Voices of the West." Haaland will discuss Willa Cather’s little known book of poetry April Twilight as well as the late professor Sue Hart’s writing on Cather’s novels. Lecture will be in Common Room of the Billings Public Library from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It will be free and open to the public. April Twilight, Cather’s only book of poetry, was published in 1903 in Boston. Although not frequently read, Haaland will discuss why this slim volume of poetry can give readers important insights into Cather’s more famous novels. “Even though this is her youthful work,” notes Haaland, “it includes themes that appear in My Antonia.” Haaland will also talk about a published essay by the late Montana State University Billings English Professor Sue Hart called, "My Great-Grandmother in Cather's Pages." “Sue Hart loved Willa Cather,” Haaland notes, “and this essay reveals some of the parallels between Hart’s own history and the world Cather wrote about in her novels.” Teachers, books groups, and members of the public may stop by the Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, to pick up a free copy Willa Cather's My Antonia and sign up for one of the book discussion groups which will be meeting at venues throughout Billings. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts dedicated to encouraging reading and celebrating the power of literature to transform lives. The six weeks of events for the Big Read will include lectures, book discussions, and writing workshops. Programming will run from April 15 to May 30.

Event Location: 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

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

Book: My Ántonia

Book Discussion - "My Antonia"

Book Discussion led by Corby Skinner. Pick up your free copy of Willa Cather's My Antonia at the Billings Public Library, books are available Monday, March 16.

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

Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: My Ántonia

Book Discussion - "My Antonia"

Book Discussion. Pick up your free copy of Willa Cather's My Antonia at the Billings Public Library, books are available Monday, March 16.

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

Date: Mon, Apr 20, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Date: Mon, Apr 27, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Date: Tue, Apr 28, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: My Ántonia

Book Discussion - "My Antonia"

Book Discussion. Pick up your free copy of Willa Cather's My Antonia at the Billings Public Library, books are available Monday, March 16.

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

Date: Tue, Apr 21, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

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"My Antonia"

Book Discussion followed by film program on Willa Cather at 7pm! Pick up your free copy of Willa Cather's My Antonia at the Billings Public Library, books are available Monday, March 16.

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

Date: Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Date: Wed, Apr 29, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

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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

Book Discussion - "My Antonia"

Book Discussion. Pick up your free copy of Willa Cather's My Antonia at the Billings Public Library, books are available Monday, March 16.

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

Date: Thu, Apr 23, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: My Ántonia

Book Discussion - "My Antonia"

Book Discussion. Pick up your free copy of Willa Cather's My Antonia at the Billings Public Library, books are available Monday, March 16.

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

Date: Fri, Apr 24, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Date: Sat, Apr 25, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

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"Geography 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: Billigns Public Library, 510 North Broadway, Billings, MT 59101

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

Book: My Ántonia

Book Discussion - "My Antonia"

Book Discussion. Pick up your free copy of Willa Cather's My Antonia at the Billings Public Library, books are available Monday, March 16.

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

Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

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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

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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 Christene Meyers

Award-winning reporter and arts writer Christene Meyers will return to Montana to conduct four regional workshops for The Writer’s Voice during May and June. Called “Broads, Booze and Buckaroos,” the workshops 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 has long been interested in the ways in which writers develop and alter personal history -- inventing, embellishing, and refining remembered details into works that might or might not be “true” to fact. "All writers or would-be writers are welcome. What is necessary is to have the desire to write, and an idea!" says Meyers. Writers may choose fiction, non-fiction or poetry as venues. Participants should come with a list of characters they recall – or have imagined – real or fictional as well as a sampling of vintage photos from their family or friends, preferably at least three generations back. These will be used for inspiration in the day's exercises. The day-long workshops will run from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Registration is $40 and includes lunch. The writing workshops will be held May 16th at the Cobblestone School, 142 South Woodard, Absarokee, MT May 30th at the Moss Mansion, 914 Division St, Billings, MT June 6th at the Harlowton Public Library, 13 S Central Ave , Harlowton, MT June 13 at the Park County Library, 1500 Heart Mountain St, Cody, WY Meyers work will be featured on May 20th at the Billings Public Library as part of the “Big Read” “Wednesday with Willa” activities sponsored by the Writer’s Voice. 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, Director of the Writer’s Voice. “It’s appropriate that we’re revisiting Willa Cather’s “My Antonia,” a favorite book of Meyers. ‘Lilian’s Last Dance,’ is replete with strong personalities. Her title character is a very memorable woman. Her settings include memorable western backdrops.” Meyers divides her time between rural Montana and San Diego, writes travel and arts articles for newspapers and magazines and teaches writing workshops. An accomplished musician, she plays piano in nightclubs in her native Montana and in California and Arizona. The workshops will be limited to 12-15 people, to give time and attention to each participant’s efforts. REGISTRATION: Call 406.294.2390 or email Corby@skinnerbenoit.com Teachers, books groups, and members of the public may stop by the Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, to pick up a free copy Willa Cather's My Antonia and sign up for one of the book discussion groups which will be meeting at venues throughout Billings. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts dedicated to encouraging reading and celebrating the power of literature to transform lives. The six weeks of events for the Big Read will include lectures, book discussions, and writing workshops. Programming will run from April 15 to May 30.

Event Location: Cobblestone School, 142 SOUTH WOODARD, Absarokee, MT

Date: Sat, May 16, 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

"Broads, Booze and Bukaroos" a Writing Workshops with Christene Meyers

Award-winning reporter and arts writer Christene Meyers will return to Montana to conduct four regional workshops for The Writer’s Voice during May and June. Called “Broads, Booze and Buckaroos,” the workshops 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 has long been interested in the ways in which writers develop and alter personal history -- inventing, embellishing, and refining remembered details into works that might or might not be “true” to fact. "All writers or would-be writers are welcome. What is necessary is to have the desire to write, and an idea!" says Meyers. Writers may choose fiction, non-fiction or poetry as venues. Participants should come with a list of characters they recall – or have imagined – real or fictional as well as a sampling of vintage photos from their family or friends, preferably at least three generations back. These will be used for inspiration in the day's exercises. The day-long workshops will run from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Registration is $40 and includes lunch. The writing workshops will be held May 16th at the Cobblestone School, 142 South Woodard, Absarokee, MT May 30th at the Moss Mansion, 914 Division St, Billings, MT June 6th at the Harlowton Public Library, 13 S Central Ave , Harlowton, MT June 13 at the Park County Library, 1500 Heart Mountain St, Cody, WY Meyers work will be featured on May 20th at the Billings Public Library as part of the “Big Read” “Wednesday with Willa” activities sponsored by the Writer’s Voice. 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, Director of the Writer’s Voice. “It’s appropriate that we’re revisiting Willa Cather’s “My Antonia,” a favorite book of Meyers. ‘Lilian’s Last Dance,’ is replete with strong personalities. Her title character is a very memorable woman. Her settings include memorable western backdrops.” Meyers divides her time between rural Montana and San Diego, writes travel and arts articles for newspapers and magazines and teaches writing workshops. An accomplished musician, she plays piano in nightclubs in her native Montana and in California and Arizona. The workshops will be limited to 12-15 people, to give time and attention to each participant’s efforts. REGISTRATION: Call 406.294.2390 or email Corby@skinnerbenoit.com Teachers, books groups, and members of the public may stop by the Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, to pick up a free copy Willa Cather's My Antonia and sign up for one of the book discussion groups which will be meeting at venues throughout Billings. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts dedicated to encouraging reading and celebrating the power of literature to transform lives. The six weeks of events for the Big Read will include lectures, book discussions, and writing workshops. Programming will run from April 15 to May 30.

Event Location: Moss Mansion, 914 Division St, Billings, MT 59101

Date: Sat, May 30, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Book: My Ántonia

"Broads, Booze, and Bukaroos" A Writing Workshop with Christene Meyers

Award-winning reporter and arts writer Christene Meyers will return to Montana to conduct four regional workshops for The Writer’s Voice during May and June. Called “Broads, Booze and Buckaroos,” the workshops 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 has long been interested in the ways in which writers develop and alter personal history -- inventing, embellishing, and refining remembered details into works that might or might not be “true” to fact. "All writers or would-be writers are welcome. What is necessary is to have the desire to write, and an idea!" says Meyers. Writers may choose fiction, non-fiction or poetry as venues. Participants should come with a list of characters they recall – or have imagined – real or fictional as well as a sampling of vintage photos from their family or friends, preferably at least three generations back. These will be used for inspiration in the day's exercises. The day-long workshops will run from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Registration is $40 and includes lunch. The writing workshops will be held May 16th at the Cobblestone School, 142 South Woodard, Absarokee, MT May 30th at the Moss Mansion, 914 Division St, Billings, MT June 6th at the Harlowton Public Library, 13 S Central Ave , Harlowton, MT June 13 at the Park County Library, 1500 Heart Mountain St, Cody, WY Meyers work will be featured on May 20th at the Billings Public Library as part of the “Big Read” “Wednesday with Willa” activities sponsored by the Writer’s Voice. 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, Director of the Writer’s Voice. “It’s appropriate that we’re revisiting Willa Cather’s “My Antonia,” a favorite book of Meyers. ‘Lilian’s Last Dance,’ is replete with strong personalities. Her title character is a very memorable woman. Her settings include memorable western backdrops.” Meyers divides her time between rural Montana and San Diego, writes travel and arts articles for newspapers and magazines and teaches writing workshops. An accomplished musician, she plays piano in nightclubs in her native Montana and in California and Arizona. The workshops will be limited to 12-15 people, to give time and attention to each participant’s efforts. REGISTRATION: Call 406.294.2390 or email Corby@skinnerbenoit.com Teachers, books groups, and members of the public may stop by the Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, to pick up a free copy Willa Cather's My Antonia and sign up for one of the book discussion groups which will be meeting at venues throughout Billings. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts dedicated to encouraging reading and celebrating the power of literature to transform lives. The six weeks of events for the Big Read will include lectures, book discussions, and writing workshops. Programming will run from April 15 to May 30.

Event Location: Harlowton Public Library, 13 S Central Ave , Harlowton, MT 59036

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

Book: My Ántonia

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

Award-winning reporter and arts writer Christene Meyers will return to Montana to conduct four regional workshops for The Writer’s Voice during May and June. Called “Broads, Booze and Buckaroos,” the workshops 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 has long been interested in the ways in which writers develop and alter personal history -- inventing, embellishing, and refining remembered details into works that might or might not be “true” to fact. "All writers or would-be writers are welcome. What is necessary is to have the desire to write, and an idea!" says Meyers. Writers may choose fiction, non-fiction or poetry as venues. Participants should come with a list of characters they recall – or have imagined – real or fictional as well as a sampling of vintage photos from their family or friends, preferably at least three generations back. These will be used for inspiration in the day's exercises. The day-long workshops will run from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Registration is $40 and includes lunch. The writing workshops will be held May 16th at the Cobblestone School, 142 South Woodard, Absarokee, MT May 30th at the Moss Mansion, 914 Division St, Billings, MT June 6th at the Harlowton Public Library, 13 S Central Ave , Harlowton, MT June 13 at the Park County Library, 1500 Heart Mountain St, Cody, WY Meyers work will be featured on May 20th at the Billings Public Library as part of the “Big Read” “Wednesday with Willa” activities sponsored by the Writer’s Voice. 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, Director of the Writer’s Voice. “It’s appropriate that we’re revisiting Willa Cather’s “My Antonia,” a favorite book of Meyers. ‘Lilian’s Last Dance,’ is replete with strong personalities. Her title character is a very memorable woman. Her settings include memorable western backdrops.” Meyers divides her time between rural Montana and San Diego, writes travel and arts articles for newspapers and magazines and teaches writing workshops. An accomplished musician, she plays piano in nightclubs in her native Montana and in California and Arizona. The workshops will be limited to 12-15 people, to give time and attention to each participant’s efforts. REGISTRATION: Call 406.294.2390 or email Corby@skinnerbenoit.com Teachers, books groups, and members of the public may stop by the Billings Public Library, 510 North Broadway, to pick up a free copy Willa Cather's My Antonia and sign up for one of the book discussion groups which will be meeting at venues throughout Billings. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts dedicated to encouraging reading and celebrating the power of literature to transform lives. The six weeks of events for the Big Read will include lectures, book discussions, and writing workshops. Programming will run from April 15 to May 30.

Event Location: TBA, TBA, Cody, Wyoming 82414

Date: Sat, Jun 13, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

Book: My Ántonia

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