Author Event: Christine Byl


Author Christine Byl will be reading from her novel, Lookout  at 7pm Thursday, November 2nd at Fact and Fiction Books at 220 N. Higgins Ave Missoula, MT. 

About the book:

Short-listed for the Center for Fiction's 2023 First Novel Prize, Lookout tells the story of the Kinzlers, a complex working-class family firmly rooted in northwestern Montana. 

Josiah and Margaret Kinzler have forged an unusual bond marked by both tenderness and distance; their daughters, Cody and Louisa, grow up watching their parents navigate what it means to be true to yourself and what that costs. Lookout offers a gripping dual coming-of-age: Cody’s from stoic ranch kid to hotshot firefighter to resilient woman learning to rely on others, and Josiah’s as he struggles to thrive in a world that has misunderstood him. Bound by their love of the land, the Kinzlers work to bridge the gaps created by what they leave unspoken. Lookout brings to life a family coming out to itself, at home in a new and nuanced American West.

About the Author:

CHRISTINE BYL is the author of Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods (Beacon Press, 2013), a book about trail crews, tools, wildness, and labor; it was short-listed for the 2014 Willa Award in nonfiction. Her prose has appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, The Sun, Crazyhorse, and Brevity, among other journals and anthologies. A grant recipient from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and winner of the Alaska Literary Award in 2015, Byl has been a fellow at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and writer-in-residence for Fishtrap’s Writer-in-the-Schools program. Christine has worked as a professional trail-builder for more than twenty-five years; she lives with her family in Interior Alaska on the homelands of the Dene.


Event date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
Lookout By Christine Byl Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646052295
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Strange Object - March 14th, 2023