Blunt is well known for her best-selling memoir, Breaking Clean, which was published by A.A. Knopf in 2002 and met with wide critical acclaim. She spent more than 30 years on wheat and cattle ranches in northeastern Montana, before leaving that life to attend the University of Montana. Her book of poems, Not Quite Stone, won the Merriam-Frontier Award, and was published in 1991.
Recognition of Blunt’s work includes a PEN/Jerard Fund Award for nonfiction, the Whiting Writers’ Award, Mountains and Plains Bookseller’s Award, Willa Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year, and a National Endowment for the Arts writer’s fellowship. Blunt received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2005. She’s the director of the creative writing program and teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Montana, Missoula.
Elk River Books carries a curated collection of used books, specializing in regional, outdoors, arts and fiction. In their first year of business, they hosted readings by authors including Peter Matthiessen, Jim Harrison, Rick Bass and William “Gatz” Hjortsberg.
Tickets for the event are $10, and will be available at the store beginning May 1. The price includes admission to the reading, as well as a reception and book signing by Blunt at Elk River Books, 115 E. Callender St., after the event. For more information, call 224-5802.