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The Write Question
Program Website: http://mtpr.org/term/write-question-0
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.
Poet and baker Kate Lebo takes her cue from Carl Sagan's quote to reinterpret everything we thought we knew about pie. She describes her book, A Commonplace Book of Pie, as a collection of facts (both real and imagined) about pie. It includes time-proven recipes, an eclectic mix of prose poems, a pie horoscope, and ephemera. Lebo explores the tension between the container and the contained while also busting clichés and creating new myths around strawberry rhubarb, vanilla cream, mincemeat, and many other pies. The book includes two dozen watercolors and illustrations by artist Jessica Lynn Bonin that reinterpret pie and baking in a contemporary, feminist context.
In 1956, Dell Parsons' family came to a stop in Great Falls, Montana, the way many military families did after the war. His father, Bev, was a talkative airman from Alabama with an optimistic and easy-scheming nature. Their mother Neeva—shy, artistic—was alienated from their father's small-town world. It was more bad instincts and bad luck that Dell's parents decided to rob the bank. They weren't reckless people. In his novel Canada, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford tells their story.
Chérie Newman, Barbara Theroux, and Zed talk about recently-published books.
“Doing things by the book” acquires a whole new meaning in Brandon R. Schrand’s memoir Works Cited: An Alphabetical Odyssey of Mayhem and Misbehavior in which he comes of age in spite of himself. The “works cited” are those books that serve as Schrand’s signposts as he goes from life as a hormone-crazed, heavy-metal wannabe in the remotest parts of working-class Idaho to a reasonable facsimile of manhood.
In Alyson Hagy's latest novel, Boleto, Will Testerman is a young Wyoming horse trainer determined to make something of himself. Money is tight at the family ranch, where he's living again after a disastrous end to his job on the Texas show-horse circuit. With the goal of creating an independent life for himself, he spends his savings on a beautiful quarter horse, a filly that might earn him a reputation, and devotes himself to her training. Hagy's novel is about our intimate relationships with animals and money, set against the backdrop of a new West that is changing forever.