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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.
Ever since Mabby died while picking beans in their garden—with the pock-a-pock of a helicopter overhead—four-year-old Valley knows what her job is: hide in the underground den with her brother, Bo, while Da is working, because Those People will kill them like coyotes. But now, with Da unexpectedly gone and no home to return to, a teenage Valley (now Valkyrie) and her big brother must bring their message to the outside world. Billings author Blythe Woolston infuses her white-knuckle narrative, set in a day-after-tomorrow Montana, with a dark, trenchant humor and a keen psychological eye. Alternating past-present vignettes in prose as tightly wound as the springs of a clock and as masterfully plotted as a game of chess, she ratchets up the pacing right to the final, explosive end.
Belief, a one-woman play that weaves stories and songs into a journey of discovery between past and present, was written by Julie Cajun and Jennifer Finley from the Flathead Indian Reservation, and directed by Linda Grinde. The performance by Julie Cajun includes a unique mix of Salish women’s stories, poetry and music. According to Zan Agzigian, KwKwusm Theater Project Public Relations, “the stories invite the audience to believe in one’s true self, to believe in magic and to believe in love—the core of all humanity,” she says. During this program Julie Cajune talks about how the play was conceived and written, and reads from the script.
In this gripping memoir of a young man, a wolf, their parallel lives and ultimate collision, Bryce Andrews describes life on the remote, windswept Sun Ranch in southwest Montana. Just over the border from Yellowstone National Park, the Sun holds giant herds of cattle and elk amid many predators—bears, mountain lions, and wolves. Andrews recounts marathon days and nights of building fences, riding, roping, and otherwise learning the hard business of caring for cattle, an initiation that changes him from an idealistic city kid into a skilled ranch hand. But when wolves suddenly begin killing the ranch’s cattle, Andrews has to shoulder a rifle, chase the pack, and do what he’d hoped he would never have to do.
Peter Huang and his sisters grow up in a house of many secrets, then escape the confines of small-town Ontario and spread from Montreal to California to Berlin. The exalted only son in the middle of three daughters, Peter was the one who would finally embody his immigrant father's ideal of power and masculinity. But Peter has different dreams: he is certain he is a girl. In a novel populated by playground bullies, masochistic lovers, Christian ex-gays, and the ever-present shadow of a domineering Chinese father, Seattle author Kim Fu lays bare the costs of forsaking one’s own path in deference to one laid out by others. For Today I Am a Boy is a coming-of-age tale like no other, and marks the emergence of an astonishing new literary voice.