He listened to the north wind whistle over the stovepipe above them
Thanks, Chris, for this lovely tribute/ announcement! Too many moving parts to comment in detail— pun intended. You cannot believe how profoundly moving it is to see how Jim’s legacy was growing even out of sight to me during these 19 years of grief & remembrance.
I grieve that I can’t be there for the 1st Annual James Welch literary festival. It will be epic. I will be there for the second annual. And I will introduce myself.
In the meantime, I am stoked that my college library at Southern Oregon U. has Jim Loney and Riding Earthboy, which I will pick up today in an effort to join y’all in spirit, at least.
Winter in the Blood was a transformational text for me. To this day, I think of overcoming myself and overcoming worldly obstacles as pulling that cow out of the mud.
I recall the debut of the film version in Bozeman vividly, as the Q&A afterward involved the wonderful Lois Welch, along with the brothers from Missoula who made the film, the inestimable Michael Spears, Sherman, and an audience full of folks collectively moved, propelled really, into one of the most productive collaborative conversations I have ever witnessed.
I have a feeling the Lit Fest will be something like that - a restorative, illuminating, blissful event.
Please do share about it. I look forward to it and wish you the very best of times.
Looks like an awesome program. Alas, too far to travel. Will any recordings of the sessions be made available? In the meantime, I’m inspired to revisit Welch’s writing and seek out his books I haven’t yet read, so thanks for that.
Our car is now having transmission trouble but cross fingers we can get it fixed in time and I can make it down -- this is not one I want to miss!
This is great news, Chris!
Yes!! I am so excited for this. What a marvelous, insanely talented gathering of writers. I can't make all the events, but sure am looking forward to seeing you where I can.
This sounds incredible! I don't think I can make it, but I sent a donation instead. I really hope this is the first of many and that I can plan better next year. Adding all the authors you mentioned to my to-read list. Thank you!
Reading The Death of Jim Loney was a life-altering experience for me as a kid. I hope more folks pick it up.
An English teacher I had in HS handed me Fools Crow when I was 16 - I don't remember the details very well, but I do remember how much I thought about it and how impactful it was on my teenage mind. Thanks for the reminder - I'll need to spend some time with more of his work! (and re-read...)
Looking forward to this!