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Whitefish Review Talks to David Letterman for #18

Whitefish Review Talks to David Letterman About Retirement, Parenting, and Falling in Love with Montana

Literary journal’s 18th issue, “Growing up and Getting Older” is edited by author Rick Bass and features the Montana Prize for Fiction winner

Whitefish, Mont. (Dec. 15, 2015) — Whitefish Review will release its 18th issue on December 19, “Growing up and Getting Older.” The newest issue features a conversation with part time Montana resident, David Letterman in his most in-depth interview since ending his 33-year Late Show career. Letterman talks with founding editor Brian Schott about retirement, raising his son, his love of Montana, his own childhood, and growing a wildman beard.

“I’m in love with the publication and I feel stupid because prior to a month ago I don’t think I was aware of it,” said Letterman, who owns a working ranch on the Rocky Mountain Front. “It’s a delightful project.”

“We are grateful that Mr. Letterman was so kind to speak with us,” said Schott. “My team continues to try to make an old school literary journal gain traction in the modern day.”

Author Rick Bass served as the guest editor of the newest issue that features 39 contributors from 18 different states, fielded from nearly 1000 submissions in fiction, essays, poetry, art, and photography.

Bass is the author of over thirty books of fiction and nonfiction. His most recent novel, All the Land to Hold Us, received France’s Prix Laure Bataillon for the best book translated to French, and his memoir, Why I Came West, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In March of 2016, Little, Brown will publish For A Little While: New & Selected Stories.

Bass selected Juliet Hubbell’s “The Owl” as the 2015 winner of the Montana Prize for Fiction, winning a $1000 prize.

“As with the best literature, you can’t really describe this story to someone, when trying to share your enthusiasm,” said Bass. “What you find yourself saying is, in that most time-honored and ancient of traditions, simply: ‘You’ve got to read this.’”

Bass also included two runners-up in the fiction contest—Jay Woodruff’s “Good” and Horatio Potter’s “Love Machine.”

The cover of the journal features a photo montage by Virginia photographer Tom Chambers (“Daybreakers”) and the back cover features a photograph by Ansley West Rivers (“Disappearing Trees”).


Honoring its tradition of seeking young, previously unpublished authors, the editors selected two essays for publication by high school students Sarah Ward and  Ben Sachrison.

Editors of the journal will host a launch party at Crush Lounge in Whitefish on Saturday, December 19th featuring a reading by Rick Bass and emerging local writer Jason Forrest. Doors open at 7 pm with live music by Matt Seymour. Readings begin at 8 pm. The event is sponsored by the Whitefish Community Foundation, Montana Arts Council, and Glacier Bank. A $10 donation is requested.

Whitefish Review is a non-profit journal publishing the literature, art, and photography of mountain culture. As a recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation created for the public good, it is supported by generous donations, grants, and subscriptions. Past issues have featured David James Duncan, William Kittredge, John Irving, Tom Brokaw, Terry Tempest Williams, and many other of the finest thinkers and writers of the modern day.

Copies of Whitefish Review are available in bookstores and for order online and by subscription. Cost of a single issue is $12 (plus shipping and handling).  Back issues are also available. A new e-Book will be available soon.


Mythic Beasts & Monsters #17 Released

Whitefish Review Releases Issue #17,
Mythic Beasts & Monsters
Stephen R. Bissette, the legend of modern horror comics, political cartoonist Jeff Danziger, plus 40 writers, artists and photographers

Whitefish, Mont. (May 15, 2015)— Whitefish Review will host author Jack Turner and poet Lowell Jaeger on May 29 in honor of the release of their 17thissue, “Mythic Beasts and Monsters.” The literary event is hosted at the lakeside tent pavilion at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake from 7-10 pm.

Special guest Jack Turner, author of The Abstract Wild, along with poet Lowell Jaeger, will read from new work. Doors open at 7 pm with live music. Readings start at 8 pm and will also feature emerging local writer Ben Polley.

“In this issue we shine light on how writers and artists view monsters and mythic beasts,” said founding editor Brian Schott. “We are honored to view the submissions from the incredibly talented minds who reach out to us for each issue and hope you enjoy this collection of creative energy and collaboration that shines some light on the various specters of darkness, myth, and wild creatures in this world and in our minds.”

The cover of the new issues features art by Stephen R. Bissette, the legend of modern horror comics who made his name as the artist on “The Saga of the Swamp Thing.” On the back, six young artists from Stumptown Art Studio give their interpretation of a Yeti. A special feature from author and National Geographic correspondent Douglas H. Chadwick showcases the  rare bears of the Gobi desert.

In addition to work from writers, artists and photographers representing 20 states and three countries, Whitefish Review’s founding editor Brian Schott and art editor Adam Blue pulled up a seat with two of our country’s influential artists to talk about monster-making in relationship to our culture. In the conversation, political cartoonist Jeff Danziger and comic artist Stephen R. Bissette discuss a wide range of monster topics, riffing on historically monsterish narratives from Bigfoot, Frankenstein, and Scrooge McDuck, to modern day corporate monsters, technology, and genetically modified food.

The launch event evening is sponsored in part by The Whitefish Community Foundation and Glacier Bank. For more information, visit or call 261-6190.