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The Write Question

Thursdays, 6:30pm

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The Write Question is a weekly, half-hour program that explores writing and publishing in the Western United States. Chérie Newman, a producer with Montana Public Radio, interviews writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. And, occasionally, a publisher or editor. The program includes readings and information about the publishing process. The Write Question receives funding from Humanities Montana and the Montana Cultural Trust.


November 6
MT Indian Writers

During this program, Chérie Newman talks with four Montana Indian writers. Adrian Jawort, a member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe who grew up in the Billings area, has published an anthology called Off the Path: An Anthology of 21st Century Montana American Indian Writers, Vol. 1 that includes his stories, as well as the stories of several other Native authors. Sterling HolyWhiteMountain lives in Browning and is a member of the Blackfeet Nation. Luella Brien and Eric Leland Bigman Brien are siblings from the Crow Reservation. The anthology includes only Native voices of the 21st century.

November 13
Tim O'Brien

The Things They Carried is a critically acclaimed novel, written as a collection of semi-autobiographical, inter-related short-stories inspired by Tim O'Brien's experiences in the Vietnam War. He has also published a memoir and seven other novels. During this program, O'Brien talks about the difference between “story truth” and “happening truth” and tells why fiction sometimes gets at truth in ways nonfiction never can. He also reads a few short passages from "The Lives of the Dead."

November 20
Bruce Holbert

In The Hour of Lead, Bruce Holbert tells a story about the damage the West and its mythology does to the people in it. The novel is set where he grew up—in Eastern Washing State, in the country described in History as a combination of rocky scabland farms and desert brush, bisected by a series of reservoirs and dams harnessing what once was the Columbia River. The book follows Wendy, a peculiar girl a few years younger than Matt, whom he encounters off and on throughout the book in failed attempts to reconcile his distance with a human connection. During this program, Bruce talks about western mythology and how his characters are bound by that mythology. He also reads from the book.

November 27
David G. Gordon

For many Americans, eating a lowly insect is something you’d only do on a dare. But with naturalist and noted bug chef David George Gordon, bug-eating is fun, exciting, and downright delicious! Now you can impress, enlighten, and entertain your family and friends with Gordon’s one-of-a-kind recipes. Spice things up at the next neighborhood potluck with a big bowl of Orthopteran Orzo—pasta salad with a cricket-y twist. Conquer your fear of spiders with a Deep-Fried Tarantula. And for dessert, why not try a White Chocolate and Wax Worm Cookie? During this program, David Gordon explains how grasshopper ranching can save the environment.

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