Gretchen Minton discusses the Bard in Big Sky

Bozeman author and theatre scholar Gretchen Minton will visit Livingston to discuss her new book, Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country’s Love Affair with the World’s Most Famous Writer, on Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m., with a live-streaming event on Elk River Books’ Facebook page.

Tracing more than two centuries of history, Shakespeare in Montana uncovers a vast array of voices that capture the state’s enduring interest in the author of the world’s best-known plays and sonnets. From mountain men, pioneers and itinerant acting companies in mining camps, to women’s clubs at the turn of the 20th century, to the contemporary popularity of Shakespeare in the Parks throughout Montana, the book chronicles the stories of residents across the Treasure State who have been drawn to the words and works of Shakespeare.

Montana State University professor of history Mary Murphy writes, “This book renders a new twist to Montana history and makes an important contribution to the history of drama in the American West.”

Minton is a professor in MSU’s English department, where she teaches classes on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, drama, the Bible and other topics. She has edited numerous publications of Shakespeare’s works for Arden and Norton, including Timon of Athens, Troilus and Cressida and Twelfth Night. Frequently invited to speak to audiences and performing artists at such venues as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the American Players Theatre, she serves as the dramaturg for Montana Shakespeare in the Parks and Bozeman Actors Theatre.

To view the event, navigate to Facebook.com/ElkRiverBooks at 7 p.m. on June 25. You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to watch.

Shakespeare in Montana will be available for purchase online from Elk River Books before, during and after the event at shop.elkriverbooks.com. Minton will sign copies for those readers who desire it, and Elk River will provide both pickup and delivery options.

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