High Plains BookFest Keynote Reading WOMEN WRITING THE WEST: Pam Houston, Alyson Hagy, emily danforth

High Plains BookFest Keynote Reading
Pam Houston, Alyson Hagy, emily danforth
Friday, October 25, 7:30pm, Babcock Theatre

“Women Writing the West” is the theme for the 11th annual High Plains BookFest presented by the YMCA Writer’s Voice. Keynote speakers for Friday, October 25, 7:30pm, at the Babcock Theatre are three women writers whose 2012 novels garnered national acclaim: Pam Houston (Colorado), Alyson Hagy (Wyoming), and emily m. danforth (Montana). Tickets are $10 at the door or they may be purchased online at
Pam Houston divides her time between her ranch in Colorado and the University of California at Davis, where she is director of the Creative Writing Program. She has been a frequent contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, and her writing appears regularly in More and other publications. Houston is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, the international best-seller Cowboys Are My Weakness, and Waltzing the Cat, the novel, Sight Hound, and a collection of essays called A Little More About Me. Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, and The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards. Her new novel, Contents May Have Shiftedwas published in 2012.
emily m. danforth’s debut novel, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, 2012, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, and was praised in the LA Times, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Stranger, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR, whose reviewer called it “a skillfully and beautifully written story that does what the best books do: It shows us ourselves in the lives of others.” She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in English-Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her short fiction has won the International Queer Writing Award from the U.K.’s Chroma Magazine, the George Garret Award from Willow Springs, and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Born and raised in Miles City, Montana, she currently teaches at Rhode Island College in Providence.
Alyson Hagy is an English professor at the University of Wyoming. Her novel, Boleto, is a May 2012 Indie Next Pick. She has also written Ghosts of Wyoming; Snow, Ashes; Keeneland; Graveyard of the Atlantic; Hardware River, and Madonna on Her Back. Her awards include an NEA Fellowship, a Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, inclusion in Best American Short Stories, the High Plains Book Award for Fiction, the Devil’s Kitchen Award in Prose, a Nelson Algren Award, a Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan, and the John P. Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching. Hagy has won a High Plains Book Fiction Award in 2011 for Ghost of Wyoming.
For a complete list of BookFest readings go to www.highplainsbookawards.org
The BookFest is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Humanities Montana and the Billings Community Foundation.
For more information contact Corby Skinner, 406-294-1620 or corbys@billingsymca.org

High Plains BookFest Keynote Reading WOMEN WRITING THE WEST: Pam Houston, Alyson Hagy, emily danforth