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The Arts :: Book Reading
Montana Mysteries, Three Ways: McNamer, Patterson, And Florio
6:00 PM
6 - 7 pm

Missoula, Montana, novelists Deirdre McNamer, Caroline Patterson, and Gwen Florio discuss the different ways they address the mysterious in their new novels, whether it be a “classic” mystery (Florio), one that diverges from the classic structure (McNamer), or one that deals with motivational and familial mysteries (Patterson). This is a conversation—and celebration—you won’t want to miss!

This virtual event is proudly sponsored by Arts Missoula and Betty’s Divine. It will be recorded by Missoula Access Community Television as part of a Media Assistance Grant donated to the Montana Book Festival by MCAT.


Deirdre McNamer is the author of five novels: Aviary, Rima in the Weeds, One Sweet Quarrel, My Russian, and Red Rover, which was a winner of the Montana Book Award and was named a best book of the year by Artforum, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Her essays, short fiction, and reviews have appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, the New York Times, and Outside, among other venues. McNamer chaired the fiction panel of the National Book Awards in 2011 and was a judge for the 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award.

She has taught writing at Cornell University, Williams College, Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Alabama, the University of Montana, and the Bennington Writing Seminars, where she currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

Caroline Patterson is the author of Ballet at the Moose Lodge and two children's books on the natural world. She edited the literary anthology Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart. Her short fiction and essays have been published in journals including Epoch, Outside, Southwest Review, and Seventeen, and have been included in anthologies including A Million Acres, Montana Noir, Bright Bones, and The New Montana Story. A graduate of the University of Montana creative writing program in fiction, she was awarded the Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Fiction at Stanford University, the Joseph Henry Jackson Prize from the San Francisco Foundation, a Vogelstein Foundation Award, and the Montana Arts Council Fellowship. She’s received residencies at Ucross, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ragdale.

She is currently the executive director of the Missoula Writing Collaborative, which places writers to teach creative writing in more than 34 elementary schools in rural, urban, and reservation schools across western Montana. She lives with her husband, writer Fred Haefele, in the Missoula home her great-grandfather built in 1906, which he built on the banks of the Clark Fork River where, he told his five-year-old son back in Chicago, they could throw stones in the water and the family could come and “cut out all worrying.” Her two grown children visit on Sundays for dinner and laundry.

Gwen Florio is the author of the Lola Wicks crime series, the Nora Best Mysteries, and Silent Hearts, a standalone novel set in Afghanistan. A longtime journalist, she won the Pinckley Prize for Debut Crime Fiction and a High Plains Book Award for her first novel, Montana. She lives in Missoula, Montana.
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Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Online
Address: missoula Missoula, MT 59802
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