In This is What I Want, Lancaster creates the fictional town of Grandview, Montana, poised on the edge of North Dakota’s oilfields; but the tensions caused by the Bakken boom that threaten to tear the community apart are all too real.
“Fiction is a way of getting at truth,” says Lancaster. “I use it to examine the world around me, the things that disturb me, the questions I have about life.”
Gwen Florio, award-winning author of Montana and Dakota says, “Lancaster writes with great affection for small towns, but never lets that affection cloud the hard fact that their homey façade often masks troubles rivaling anything bubbling up from the oil patch.”
Lancaster exploded onto the Montana literary scene with the 2009 release of 600 Hours of Edward, a Montana Honor Book and winner of the High Plains Book Award. This was followed by three more acclaimed novels and a collection of short stories. Editor and publisher David Crisp notes that “with remarkable speed, Mr. Lancaster has made himself into one of Montana’s most important writers.”
Lancaster’s reading will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St., and will be following by a book signing and reception. Elk River Books specializes in collectible outdoor, regional and Western history books, and provides a lively venue for southwest Montana’s unique literary community. For more information, call 333-2330.