The Montana Quarterly will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a release party for an anthology of its best writing, Montana, Warts and All, at Elk River Books on Thursday, December 17.
The party will feature readings by anthology contributors including Tim Cahill, a founding editor of Outside magazine and author of 10 adventure books; Allen Morris Jones, former editor of Big Sky Journal and publisher of BangTail Press; best-selling novelist Craig Lancaster; Quarterly editor Scott McMillion, author of Mark of the Grizzly, and Myers Reece, fiction writer and journalist.
When McMillion, a former Bozeman Daily Chronicle reporter, purchased the Quarterly in 2012, he transformed the magazine into an award-winning publication that eschews the cowboy glam and second home crowds in favor of writing about the lives of real Montanans.
McMillion describes the book saying, “We look at our wild places and wonders, our creative artists, and our history – the real version, not some cliché born in Hollywood. We stick our nose into some pretty interesting watering holes, and we shine a light on the best kind of neighbors: the ones who work hard to help their community. Because we really are all in this together.”
Since he took over the helm, McMillion has steered the Quarterly to win a fistful of awards from the Western Magazine Association and the Society of Professional Journalists, including “Best Magazine in the Pacific Northwest” for three of the past four years.
The party begins at 7 p.m., upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St.. 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.