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The Whitefish Review Presents a Reading by Rick Bass

Acclaimed Author Reads from his new book on September 27

WHITEFISH, MONT. (Sept. 15, 2008) - The Whitefish Review has announced a reading by Rick Bass on Sept. 27, held at The Loft in Whitefish. This celebration of art and literature in Montana will help raise money in support of Rick's friend, Tim Linehan, a Democrat from Troy running for House District 2. Bass is widely regarded as one of this country's premier nature writers. He will read from his recently-published memoir, Why I Came West (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008).

"More than any other candidate I've seen, Tim will protect the rights of and opportunities for hunters, loggers, anglers, backpackers, skiers, students, and teachers," said Bass. "I think Tim's Lincoln County candidacy is of extreme interest to his neighbors in adjoining Flathead County. Tim is running as a moderate Democrat, but is probably just as well described as an independent. As a small business owner, Tim is well aware of the importance of the forests, mountains and rivers, not just to the spirit, but to the economy of northwest Montana."

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"We would like to invite anyone interested in literature and the environment to this event," said Brian Schott, founding editor of the Whitefish Review. "This is a great opportunity to not only hear one of the premier writers of our day and to raise money for Tim, but to also dialogue about important issues as they relate to Montana and our nation."

Bass is the author of over twenty books. His stories have also been awarded the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been collected in The Best American Short Stories. Besides being a prominent writer, he is active in working to protect the Yaak Valley as wilderness, while working also to help support sustainable forestry practices in special stewardship zones closer to towns, using local workers. He serves on the board of the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies.

Linehan is a fishing outfitter in Libby who has twice been named Orvis' Guide of the Year. He is a champion of the Montana Legacy Project, which will keep 320,000 acres of industrial timberland in timber production, and accessible to the public. As a steering committee member on the Yaak Stewardship Project, one of the first stewardship projects in the western U.S., Linehan has led the way to providing small local loggers with local jobs.

The casual evening will begin at 7 p.m. with featured wines from Loft owner Greg Burger (a portion of the sales will go to the fundraising effort), hors d'oeuvres, and a reading at 8:30 p.m. For more information, contact Whitefish Review editor Brian Schott.