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                                 Notable MT Author series at Robber’s Roost, featuring Norman Maclean

The Elling House Arts & Humanities Center, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, sponsors their fourth series of history programs in 2017. Once again, the programs are held in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman; on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT. The general theme of this year’s series will focus upon notable Montana authors.  On Thursday, August 31st at 6pm, Alan Weltzien will present a program on Ivan Doin in the beautifully restored Linderman cabin. 

The cabin is located near Laurin, at the Robber’s Roost historic site; approximately 8 miles south of Sheridan, 2 miles north of Laurin, on Highway 287.

The book and movie of A River Runs Through It have had a deep and lasting effect on Montana, its rivers, and its literary legacy. But what exactly is the nature of the book? In a way, it’s one-time flash of brilliance at the end of a long life, an argument for creativity in old age. The author, Norman Maclean, tried all his life to be an author, but only came into his own in his 70s. But A River wasn’t Maclean’s last book. Part of his ongoing legacy is his contribution to the literature of wildland fire, Young Men and Fire. His son, John N., continued the tradition with his own book, Fire on the Mountain, and subsequent books chronicling fatal wildland fires and their implications. A quarter century ago, books about wildland fire were few and far between: today, there are shelves full, and more to come as fire in the wild becomes a greater concern to more people each year.

John Norman Maclean (Norman’s son), an award-winning author and journalist, has written about wildland fire for more than two decades. Before turning to fire, Maclean was for 30 years a journalist with The Chicago Tribune, most of that time as diplomatic correspondent in Washington, DC. He was one of the “Kissinger 14,” the group of media who regularly traveled with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during the era of shuttle diplomacy. Maclean resigned from The Tribune in 1995 to write Fire on the Mountain, an acclaimed account of the 1994 fire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado that took the lives of fourteen firefighters. Maclean divides his time between Washington, D.C., and the West.

Admission is by donation and open to the public. Hosted by the a local book club who will provide light refreshments. Additional financial support for this series is being provided by Humanities Montana and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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