Saturday Sidewalk Signing with Diane Smith

About the Book: In the spring of 1898, A. E. (Alexandria) Bartram—a spirited young woman with a love for botany—is invited to join a field study in Yellowstone National Park. The study’s leader, a mild-mannered professor from Montana, assumes she is a man, and is less than pleased to discover the truth. Once the scientists overcome the shock of having a woman on their team, they forge ahead on a summer of adventure, forming an enlightening web of relationships as they move from Mammoth Hot Springs to a camp high in the backcountry. But as they make their way collecting amid Yellowstone’s beauty, the group is splintered by differing views on science, nature, and economics. Brimming with humor, excitement, and the romance of the Yellowstone landscape, Letters from Yellowstone is a love letter to the joys of scientific discovery and America’s majestic natural beauty, as well as a thoughtful reflection on environmentalism, Native American displacement, and feminism at the dawn of a new century.

About the Author: Diane Smith is the author of two award-winning novels with a third in the works. Her first book, Letters from Yellowstone (Viking/Penguin), about a botanical field study in Yellowstone National Park in the late 1890s, celebrates its 25th anniversary in print in 2024. The novel won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Fiction Prize, was a One Book Montana statewide read, was featured on NPR’s “Living on Earth,” and has been read by several citywide and library reading groups nationwide. Her second novel, Pictures from an Expedition (Viking/Penguin), about a paleontological expedition in 1876 right after the Battle of the Little Big Horn, won the first-ever Montana Book Award and was featured on NPR’s “Theme and Variation.” Smith has a PhD in history, with an emphasis on the history of science, the environment, and the American West. She lives in Montana.

Event date: 
Saturday, July 13, 2024 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Event address: 
Fact & Fiction Bookstore
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
Letters from Yellowstone: A Novel By Diane Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140291810
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2000