Montana Festival of the Book
The literary event of the year was a roaring success this past weekend. Readings by Bill Kittredge, Tom McGuane, Rick Bass and Idaho's Kim Barnes headlined the festival.
I was happy to finally meet Tom McGuane after interviewing him a month ago for a story. On stage he's a mixture of Mark Twain and Will Rogers, a master at making his characters come to life and eliciting raucous laughter from the audience be it from his personal ancedotes of drunken excursions in his early days in Montana with friend and fellow author Jim Harrison, or with the quips of fictional cohorts drawn so vividly we know them by the time the story ends. McGuane is a first rate entertainer in every way, an American literary legend. I'm honored to walk the same paths he trode and still does.
Montana is one special place.