A CONVERSATION ON MYTH, MISPERCEPTION AND REALITY IN THE WEST

 

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November 30, 2023, 7:30 p.m. MDT in the UC Theatre and on Zoom 

Join us for a dialogue and Q&A with Betsy Gaines Quammen, author of True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America, Chris La Tray, Métis Storyteller and Montana Poet Laureate, and Kathleen McLaughlin, Montana journalist and author of Blood Money: The Story of Life, Death, and Profit Inside America's Blood Industry

This event is part of the Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center's 40th Anniversary Dialogue Series and is co-sponsored by the W.A. Franke College of Forestry & Conservation.

This is a hybrid event that will take place in the University Center Theater and via Zoom. 

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About The Speakers:

Kathleen McLaughlin

Kathleen McLaughlin is an award-winning journalist from Montana who writes about the
consequences of economic inequality around the world. A frequent contributor
to The Washington Post and The Guardian, McLaughlin’s reporting has also appeared in The
New York TimesBuzzFeedThe AtlanticThe Economist, NPR, and more. She is a former Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. Blood Money, her first book, was released this year.

Betsy Gaines Quammen
Historian & Writer

Betsy Gaines Quammen is a historian and writer. She received a PhD from Montana State
University where she studied religion, history and the philosophy of science. Her dissertation
focused on Mormon history and the roots of armed public land conflicts occurring in the United
States. She is fascinated at how religious views shape relationships to landscape. Her work has
appeared in The New York TimesNew York Daily News, and the History News Network. She is
the author of American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God, and Public Lands in the West and True West:
Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America. Betsy lives in Montana with her husband, writer
David Quammen, three giant dogs, a sturdy cat, and a lanky rescue python.

https://www.betsygainesquammen.com/about

Chris La Tray

Chris La Tray is a Métis storyteller, a descendent of the Pembina Band of the mighty Red River of the North and an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians. His third book, Becoming Little Shell, will be published by Milkweed Editions in Niibin, Summer, 2024. His first book, One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large won the 2018 Montana Book Award and a 2019 High Plains Book Award. His book of haiku and haibun poetry, Descended from a Travel-worn Satchel, was published in 2021 by Foothills Publishing. Chris writes the weekly newsletter "An Irritable Métis" and lives near Frenchtown, Montana. He is the Montana Poet Laureate for 2023–2025.

https://chrislatray.substack.com

Event date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2023 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
5 Campus Dr
Missoula, MT 59812
True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America By Betsy Gaines Quammen Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781948814874
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Published: Torrey House Press - October 24th, 2023

One-Sentence Journal: Short Poems and Essays from the World at Large By Chris La Tray, Mara Panich (Illustrator), Daniel J. Rice (Editor) Cover Image
By Chris La Tray, Mara Panich (Illustrator), Daniel J. Rice (Editor)
$15.00
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ISBN: 9781732496804
Published: Riverfeet Press - August 14th, 2018

Blood Money: The Story of Life, Death, and Profit Inside America's Blood Industry By Kathleen McLaughlin Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781982171964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - February 28th, 2023