June 20 and 21 in Livingston, Montana

Speakers & Events

Location: All events will be at the Shane Center, 415 East Lewis Street, with the exception of the Wylie and the Wild West concert, which will be at the Livingston Elks Club Ballroom, 130 South 2nd Street.

During daytime hours, a hospitality room will be set up on the second level of the Shane Center, with coffee, ice tea, water and assorted Homemade Kitchen bars. Paintings by Clyde Aspevig will also be displayed.

Friday, June 20—SHANE CENTER

Noon to 12:50 p.m. Registration.

1:00 p.m. Grammy-nominated composer and pianist Phil Aaberg will perform some of his compositions, and discuss how he translates Montana’s farms, ranches and native cultures into musical concepts.

2:00 p.m. Clyde Aspevig, widely acknowledged as America’s greatest living landscape painter, will present a slide show and discuss his theories and techniques. Examples of his work will be on display in the hospitality room.

2:45 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Allen Morris Jones, Annick Smith and Scott McMillion will join others to discuss the state of letters in Montana. Jones recently compiled a three-volume collection of contemporary Montana writing. Smith co-edited The Last Best Place, the definitive anthology of Montana writing. McMillion is the editor of Montana Quarterly.

4:30 p.m. Break

6:30 p.m. Doors open. Beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

7:30 p.m. Readings and lectures. Authors David Quammen, Tim Cahill, Big Snowy Contest Winner Laura Jean Schneider, poet laureate Tami Haaland, and others. With a reading and conversation with Tom McGuane.

Saturday, June 21—SHANE CENTER

9:30 a.m. Doors open.

10:30 a.m. Poetry readings. Tami Haaland, Earl Craig, Greg Keeler, Marc Beaudin, others.

Noon: Break

1:30p.m. Screening: Winter in the Blood

3:00 p.m. Panel discussion. Winter in the Blood producers Alex and Andrew Smith, actor Dana Wheeler Nicholson, screenwriter William “Gatz” Hjortsberg.

5:00 p.m. Break


7:00 p.m. Doors open. No-host full bar.

8:00 p.m. Concert. Wylie and the Wild West