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The Write Question
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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.
Chérie Newman, Barbara Theroux, and Zed discuss recently-published and forthcoming books.
In Laura Pritchett's new novel, Stars Go Blue, hardscrabble Colorado ranchers Renny and Ben Cross are estranged, elderly spouses living on opposite ends of their sprawling ranch, faced with the particular decline of a fading farm and Ben’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He is just on the cusp of dementia, able to recognize he is sick but unable to do anything about it. Watching his estranged wife forced into a care-taking role that's brought her to her breaking point, Ben decides to leave his life with whatever dignity and grace remains.
When Montana Territory was established in 1864, it was a land of teepees and ramshackle cabins, of lawless vigilantes and miners scraping out meager livings. One hundred and fifty years later, the dramatic changes to the Treasure State are overshadowed only by the startling similarities. On the occasion of Montana’s 150th territorial anniversary, Aaron Parrett's Montana Then and Now compares where we started with where we are today, and along the way shows us a Montana we never could have previously imagined.
The owner of Bozeman-based Bangtail Press talks about what it's been like to revive this publishing house. He also describes the process of publishing three readers, collections of pieces by written area authors and sold only in three independent bookstores: Fact & Fiction Books in Missoula, The Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, and Elk River Books in Livingston.
In Fourth of July Creek, by PEN prize-winning writer Smith Henderson, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with a boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah, after trying to help the undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times. But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the F.B.I., putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.