Ted McDermott finds his way back to fiction with <i>The Minor Outsider</i>

Ted McDermott finds his way back to fiction with The Minor Outsider

When Ted McDermott was accepted into the University of Montana's creative writing program in 2009, he already had one novel written and another in progress.

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Maile Meloy's Do Not Become Alarmed: When bad things happen to bad people

What happens when two pairs of loathsome, self-involved, over-privileged American parents take a cruise to Central America and then lose track of their young children?


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Tyler Dunning's A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends is anchored by loss

In the introduction to his debut collection of essays, Tyler Dunning describes A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends as a coming-of-age collection "depicting my struggle through the simple act of being alive, coexisting, and growing out of a common chaos."

(Books)   Jun 8, 2017

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Raven Digitalis talks science, magick and Esoteric Empathy

Raven Digitalis's new book, Esoteric Empathy, begins with a quote from Albert Einstein pulled from a 1950 letter that the scientist wrote to Robert S. Marcus of the World Jewish Congress.

(Books)   May 25, 2017

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Behold the genre-bending audacity of J. Robert Lennon's Broken River

What a delicious, heartbreaking, hilarious and true work we have in J. Robert Lennon's eighth novel, Broken River.

(Books)   May 18, 2017

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The beginner's guide to author Jim Shepard

About 10 years ago, I sat down at the Union Club to interview Jim Shepard, UM's Engelhard Writer in Residence at the time and, in my view, the greatest living American fiction writer (short story division), and over two or three rounds of whiskey, I did my very best to get an answer to a question that puzzled me then and puzzles me still.

(Books)   May 4, 2017

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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?

(Books)   Apr 27, 2017

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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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