The voodoo verse of Mark Gibbons' The Imitation Blues

The voodoo verse of Mark Gibbons' The Imitation Blues

You know that feeling you get when you buy something local to support the community, then you discover it's actually something you need, something you want, and it's damn good to boot?


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Gwen Florio's 'Reservations' mixes thrills and indigenous politics

In the opening scene of Gwen Florio's latest book, an old Navajo man sets up his lawn chair in the middle of the Arizona desert on a day that promises to be a scorcher.

(Books)   Apr 20, 2017

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For John Gierach, fly fishing is freedom

Over the course of 19 books, John Gierach has emerged as a fantastic writer and a remarkable observer of people and the natural world.

(Books)   Apr 13, 2017

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Savoring Jim Harrison's enormous appetite

Jim Harrison's new collection of food essays, A Really Big Lunch, was released exactly one year after his death.

(Books)   Apr 6, 2017

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Hits and misses in The Aikido Katana

The title of Daniel Linden's new book, The Aikido Katana, evokes a particular kind of action story.

(Books)   Mar 16, 2017

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The thrilling darkness of Kevin Canty's 'The Underworld'

The summer I was 7, my parents moved from a two-story house on the wrong side of the park to a one-story bungalow on the park's better side.

(Books)   Mar 2, 2017

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In 'The Unsettlers,' Mark Sundeen looks for lives well lived

Mark Sundeen, as his books attest, is a seeker.

(Books)   Feb 23, 2017

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Talking Ursus arctos, from Glacier to Gobi, with Whitefish biologist Doug Chadwick

It's easy to get the impression that only young daredevils with snowboards and climbing gear are having real adventures these days.

(Books)   Feb 16, 2017

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UM visiting writer Sandra Lim reads poems of longing and despair

My first poetry teacher told me that all poems are about longing and despair.

(Books)   Feb 2, 2017

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James Hamblin on what we know—and how we communicate—about human health

Doctor-turned-journalist James Hamblin is supremely interested in how the human body works, as well as how healthcare writers can best educate the public about the issues of health and wellness.

(Books)   Jan 26, 2017

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Unearthing Paradise rallies for wild places

Poet and GIS analyst Max Hjortsberg is no stranger to the horrors of industrial gold mining.

(Books)   Jan 19, 2017

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The best of books from the Indy's 2016 reviews

Most of the nearly 100 poems in Jim Harrison's Dead Man's Float are reflections on aging.

(Books)   Dec 29, 2016

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Darby's Jon Turk on adventure, revolution, and Crocodiles and Ice

Writer, adventurer and part-time Darby resident Jon Turk began his adult life as a scientist, having earned a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1971.

Dec 15, 2016

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Dana Fitz Gale explores the glances that bind in Spells for Victory and Courage

It's not unusual for short fiction to focus on the bonds and rifts between lovers, family members and friends.

(Books)   Dec 15, 2016

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A century thick

Allen Morris Jones nails life and death on the Breaks

A Bloom of Bones, the second novel from Bozeman writer Allen Morris Jones, opens with as gruesome a scene as you'd find in any work of crime fiction.

(Books)   Nov 23, 2016

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Blood from the Stones

"Rich Cohen's The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones recounts the band's complex history with razor-sharp humor and mind-blowing details."

Rich Cohen had a fever.

(Books)   Nov 17, 2016

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The proper vehicle

Checking in with writer/musician Willy Vlautin, who reads from his latest, The Free, Shakespeare & Co. on Wed., Nov. 16

Author and musician Willy Vlautin has published four novels.

(Books)   Nov 10, 2016

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On location

Shot in Montana surveys the state of the art

I'm a fan of obscure facts and I'm obsessed with minutia.

(Books)   Nov 3, 2016

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Pete Fromm returns to the nonfiction wilderness

Twenty-five years have passed since Pete Fromm spent, without any prior wilderness experience, seven months alone in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness guarding salmon eggs.

(Books)   Oct 13, 2016

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Unhook your eyes

Megan McNamer's debut looks between the spaces

The central image in Megan McNamer's Children and Lunatics may be a moving train, flowing through Missoula like a river.

(Books)   Oct 6, 2016

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Uncertain terms

Maile Meloy returns to the Montana Book Festival with a grownup story about kids gone missing

Maile Meloy has spent the last year "down a deep hole," she says, finishing her latest novel.

Sep 15, 2016

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Bonefish dreams

Inside Chris Dombrowski's elusive Body of Water

The book is called Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Alluring Fish (Milkweed, 2016).

(Books)   Sep 15, 2016

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Wild at heart

Bozeman's David Quammen talks Yellowstone and writing an entire issue of National Geographic

This year, National Geographic marked the centennial of the National Park Service by running several parks-related stories, culminating in an all-Yellowstone issue in May. Bozeman's David Quammen, a contributing writer to the magazine and author of the award-winning book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, was involved in early discussions on how to approach the issue.

(Books)   Sep 8, 2016

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Test of time

James Lee Burke completes trilogy with Jealous Kind

Somewhere along the way James Lee Burke changed.

(Books)   Aug 25, 2016

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Roadside color

Montana Curiosities gets 10 new stories

There's almost nothing more captivating than stories of survival—especially when they take place on the stark landscapes of the West.

(Books)   Jul 28, 2016

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Imperfect truths

Light and dark in Joe Wilkins' When We Were Birds

Joe Wilkins' words unspool down the page like the highway runs off forever into the empty spaces of Montana's Big Dry, the eastern reaches of the state where he was born and raised.

(Books)   Jul 14, 2016

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