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I'm looking for guest bloggers to report on the many literary events taking place throughout the summer and fall in the West. Are you going to the Equality State Book Festival in Casper or the Jackson Hole Writers Conference? The High Plains Book Festival in Billings or the Montana Festival of the Book in Missoula? Attending the Glen Workshop in Santa Fe or the Taos Summer Writers Conference? Hitting the Hemingway Festival in Ketchum? Or attending any of the other literary festivals and conferences that are so numerous in this region that I can barely keep up with them? Please send an email to me at jenny@newest.net for more details. My first guest blogger will share her thoughts on the Aspen Summer Words Festival that took place last week. Check back for that soon. • Colorado Governor Bill Ritter will introduce the state's seventh Poet Laureate tomorrow at the State Capitol at 9:30 a.m. Mary Crow has been Colorado's Poet Laureate since 1996. The new Poet Laureate is David Mason of Colorado Springs. Mason is a professor at Colorado College and an award-winning poet. His most recent book is 2007's Ludlow: A Verse Novel. Both poets will be present at the ceremony. A bit of trivia that I did not know: Colorado became only the second state in the nation to appoint a Poet Laureate when Alice Polk Hill took on that role in 1919 (she held it until she died, in 1921). Also in the Roundup: Jeff Galius releases his Grizzly Manifesto, a new book deal for Billings' Craig Lancaster, and a wilderness writing workshop with Gretel Ehrlich.

Western Summer Literary Festival Guest Bloggers Needed

I’m looking for guest bloggers to report on the many literary events taking place throughout the summer and fall in the West. Are you going to the Equality State Book Festival in Casper or the Jackson Hole Writers Conference? The High Plains Book Festival in Billings or the Montana Festival of the Book in Missoula? Attending the Glen Workshop in Santa Fe or the Taos Summer Writers Conference? Hitting the Hemingway Festival in Ketchum? Or attending any of the other literary festivals and conferences that are so numerous in this region that I can barely keep up with them? Please send an email to me at jenny@newest.net for more details. My first guest blogger will share her thoughts on the Aspen Summer Words Festival that took place last week. Check back for that soon.

• Colorado Governor Bill Ritter will introduce the state’s seventh Poet Laureate tomorrow at the State Capitol at 9:30 a.m. Mary Crow has been Colorado’s Poet Laureate since 1996. The new Poet Laureate is David Mason of Colorado Springs. Mason is a professor at Colorado College and an award-winning poet. His most recent book is 2007′s Ludlow: A Verse Novel. Both poets will be present at the ceremony.

A bit of trivia that I did not know: Colorado became only the second state in the nation to appoint a Poet Laureate when Alice Polk Hill took on that role in 1919 (she held it until she died, in 1921).

• Jeff Gailus reports that his first book, The Grizzly Manifesto, is available now. (Hopefully many of you attended his release party at Fact & Fiction in Missoula on Monday.) Gailus graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Environmental Studies, and he currently lives in Canada. Phil Condon, University of Montana professor and author of the recent story collection Nine Ten Again, writes about The Grizzly Manifesto:

“I think Ed Abbey would recognize an articulate and angry compatriot in Canadian Jeff Gailus, author of The Grizzly Manifesto. His book is urgent and incisive, a clarion call to Albertans to save their Great Bear, and in the process, themselves. American readers will find a comparative reassurance about our recent progress in preserving grizzlies, and at the same time a stark reminder of how interconnected the natural world is, and how seductive the industrial tourist model of development can be. This is a supple, strong book that every Albertan should read and a book that will inspire anyone anywhere who cares about the living world.”

To that I must add, the cover of the book is awesome, as you can see above. Is that not the perfect font to pair with a gun-toting grizzly? Gailus keeps readers updated on his latest grizzly sightings on The Grizzly Blog and on the Grizzly Gailus Facebook page.

• Billings-based novelist Craig Lancaster, author of 600 Hours of Edward, reports that his second novel, The Summer Son, will be published by AmazonEncore in early 2011. The book will be available in paperback and Kindle editions.

• Gretel Ehrlich will join the Wyoming Wilderness Association in leading a journey into the Rock Creek recommended wilderness in the Bighorn National Forest on August 6 through 9. There will be hiking and writing workshops led by Erhlich. The fee is $700, and there are two scholarships available. Contact Sara at the Wyoming Wilderness Association, sara@wildwyo.org, for more information.

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