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Whitefish Review CHANGE Issue Released on June 4

Whitefish Review CHANGE Issue Released on June 4

Features an Interview and Tribute to Author Jim Harrison

WHITEFISH, MONT. (May 25, 2016) — Whitefish Review will release the “Change” issue (#19) on June 4 with a celebration at Casey’s in downtown Whitefish. The evening will open at 7 pm with live music and a slideshow of the changing glaciers of Glacier National Park.

Readings start at 8 pm, beginning with a discussion by research ecologist Dr. Daniel Fagre on the Repeat Photography Project that displays before-and-after images of the receding glaciers. Fagre works for the USGS as director of the “Climate Change in Mountain Ecosystems Project.”

After short readings by local writers featured in the new issue, author and scientist Cristina Eisenberg will read from a new book in progress on climate change. Eisenberg served as the lead editor of the special “Change” issue. She is the Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute and a Smithsonian Research Associate. Her most recent book, The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators, was published in 2014 by Island Press.

The evening features live music by three-piece jazz group Barrel Stove Combo and is sponsored by the Whitefish Community Foundation and Glacier Bank. A $10 entry donation is requested to help with the publishing costs of the non-profit journal.

“Change happens,” says Eisenberg. “It’s intrinsic to life. How we navigate through it is a work in progress. The authors and artists whose work appears in this issue of Whitefish Review share their real and imagined journeys through change. Some tell stories of searching for grace amid chaos and trauma; others tell of seeking transformation, diving into it with abandon, and finding redemption.”

In addition to fiction, essays, poetry, art, and photography by more than 45 contributors, the Change issue features an interview with author Jim Harrison, one of the last interviews he gave before his death to Whitefish Review editor Ben Polley. Harrison was one of contemporary literature’s most versatile and prolific writers, publishing 39 books across many genres and drawing comparisons to Hemingway and Faulkner.

The issue also contains a special tribute to Harrison with short essays by Rick Bass, Tom Brokaw, Tom Crawford, Chris Dombrowski, David James Duncan, William Kittredge, Teddy Macker, Thomas McGuane, Doug Peacock, and Annick Smith.

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. Copies of Whitefish Review are also available in bookstores and for order online at www.whitefishreview.org. Cost is $12, with back issues and subscriptions also available.

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The front and back cover of the new issue features “The Reef” and “High Water” — woodblock prints by artist John Buck.

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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”).

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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.

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