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New West Daily Roundup for Apr. 11, 2016


Today in New West news: Montana tech, Missoula brewery draws families, Utah B2B software company DemoChimp rebranded as CONSENSUS, and Wyoming’s Give’r scores big in Kickstarter campaign.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 28, 2016

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Today in New West news: Vertical Harvest offers innovative produce solution in Jackson, EPA releases final water-monitoring plan for Gold King Mine spill, and Utah’s new “Road to Mighty” initiative.

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New West Daily Roundup for Mar. 24, 2016

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Today in New West news: environmental groups sue to put hunting on hold in Grand Teton inholdings, funding cuts hit Montana Forest Service, and CoorsTek to build new facility in Golden, CO.

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New West Daily Roundup for Nov. 18, 2015


Today’s New West news: National Geographic honors New Westerners in their “Adventurers of the Year” contest, Union Pacific will close Denver’s Burnham Shop repair yard, and Utah’s Park City Culinary Institute has announced a new private venue.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 26, 2015

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Today in New West News: Wyoming provides the background to Pixar’s new film, Colorado politicians divided over Clean Power Plan lawsuit, Bozeman’s getting another brewery, and Colorado drops plans to ramp up mountain lion hunting.

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New West Daily Roundup for Oct. 9, 2015

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In New West news: Albuquerque real estate is growing but still lags behind western counterparts, genetically pure bison will return to northern Colorado, Toys for Tots and marijuana dispensaries compete for warehouse space, Wyoming loses one of two Affordable Care Act insurers, and a Wyoming U.S. Representative wants more paddling in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

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Reading The West & High Plains Book Awards Finalists Announced

Last week two regional organizations announced the finalists for their annual book awards. I've listed the finalists below with links to New West's reviews of the books and author interviews. First, the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association announced the finalists for its Reading the West Book Awards (that's the new name of the MPIBA's longstanding book award series). The shortlist in the Adult category:Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession by Craig Childs (Little, Brown and Co.) • The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) • Volt: Stories by Alan Heathcock (Graywolf Press) • Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America by Eric Jay Dolin (W.W. Norton) • The Ringer by Jenny Shank (The Permanent Press) Also in the Roundup: The finalists for the High Plains Book Awards, The Whitefish Review seeks donations for its ninth issue, The High Desert Journal announces a poetry prize, and the tally on how many books Oprah helped David Wroblewski and Cormac McCarthy sell.

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Paperbacks for Spring Reading & Literary Conference Season Kicks Off

Helen Thorpe's Colorado Book Award-winning Just Like Us is out in paperback now, and it includes an update about the lives of her subjects, four young Mexican women who grew up in Denver, two with U.S. citizenship and two without. On May 12, Thorpe will speak at the Arvada Public Library, and on May 15 she will participate in the Dean's Forum at St. John’s Cathedral in Denver. In October, Just Like Us will be the featured book for One Book One Town in Carbondale, Colo. • Brady Udall's excellent novel The Lonely Polygamist is out in paperback now too. Udall will appear at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference, along with Cristina García, Gary Ferguson, and Stephanie Elizondo Griest from June 23-26. The conference is open for registration now. (Check back on New West in late June for David Abrams' report on the conference.) Also in the Roundup: Robin Black is this year's Lighthouse Fly-By Writer, the new Mountain West Poetry Series, lit champ Jennifer Egan to headline the Literary Sojourn in Steamboat Springs, and Women Writing the West conference tickets are on sale now.

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Don’t Ask Why: Tim Sandlin’s ‘Lydia’

Jackson Hole residents share this trait with comic-book superheroes: their origin stories tend to be more interesting than their immediate circumstances. That may be why the bulk of Tim Sandlin’s new book, Lydia (Sourcebooks Landmark, 432 pages, $24.99), rests on a centenarian’s life-tale, while the arc compelling the novel rides on a Gotham City street-level villain with the determination of Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men. The title character connects these storylines in the narrator’s quest to understand human behavior. “Why do we treat those we love so much worse than those we don’t like?” the narrator, Sam, writes. “Lydia would starve before not tipping a waitress. She’d go back home if the alternative was parking in a handicapped slot, yet she lied to and browbeat the family she loved.” Tim Sandlin will visit several regional bookstores, including Valley Bookstore in Jackson (April 23, 7 p.m.), Boulder Book Store (April 25, 7:30 p.m.) Barnes & Noble stores in Fort Collins (April 26, 7 p.m.) and Colorado Springs (April 27, 7 p.m.), Denver's Tattered Cover (Colfax, April 28, 7:30 p.m.), and Cheyenne's Barnes & Noble (April 29, 7 p.m.).

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Anthony Doerr Extends Winning Streak and New Mexico Will Star as Wyoming in ‘Longmire’ TV Pilot

Boise's Anthony Doerr continued his winning streak last weekend, collecting the The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award for his story "The Deep," which came with a £30,000 prize. (Last month he won the $20,000 Story Prize for his collection Memory Wall). Doerr spoke with the Boise Weekly just before the win, and noted that the award ceremony was to be held in the Great Hall of Christ Church College at Oxford University, "where they film the great hall of Hogwarts." It's like I've been telling you these past months--literary Boise is en fuego. • Craig Johnson reported in his newsletter that filming will begin this month on a television pilot based on his Walt Longmire mysteries. Johnson notes that the crew is filming in the "Las Vegas/Taos/Santa Fe area of New Mexico, since it was deemed that Wyoming's weather was too unstable for shooting a series and had too much snow to appear to be spring." The show, for Warner Horizon and A&E, will be called "Longmire." Johnson explains if the pilot gets picked up, they will film a dozen episodes for the first season, "borrowing chunks of the novels, but following their own tales because of the amount of stories they need to tell and the time constraints in which to tell them." (Via Wyoming Arts Blog.) Also in the Roundup: Chris Abani speaks in Utah, Western readers snap up eBooks, and Philip Connors visits the Boulder Book Store.

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