Craig Lancaster

Craig Lancaster

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More artists following muse down independent road


When I pitched my new novel, “Edward Unspooled,” to the publishing house with which I’ve been in business for five books, I was struck by a profound difference in our focus. I’d followed passion and emotion—that fire to get up every day and dive into the manuscript, maybe the only thing that makes the enterprise bearable. Here it is, I’d said. I wrote my whole heart into this thing. My publisher talked about the numbers. Continue Reading →

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In Livingston, a night to honor an acclaimed, prolific novelist


Livingston came out for one of its own Thursday night. Richard S. Wheeler, for my money our best living Western writer, had a new novel, “Anything Goes,” to offer, and an overflow crowd of friends, colleagues and admirers filled the upstairs reading room at Elk River Books to hear from him. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Ivan Doig: Celebrating the literary heart of Montana


Ariana Paliobagis, owner of the Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, distilled the feelings of a packed house Tuesday night with one emotion-laden sentence: “I can’t talk about Ivan Doig in the past tense, because that would be like letting him go.” (more…) Continue Reading →

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Being one with Billings


Lay of the Land: A series of essays on the spirit of Montana
I can’t remember when I first came to Billings, but the safe money would put it sometime in the first half of 1970, when I would have been mere weeks or months old. My parents lived in Casper, Wyo., at the time, and we had kin in Billings and Great Falls who were eager to meet me. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In praise of libraries; namely, ours

Nearly 40 years clear of it, I still remember my first visit to a public library. It’s not with the crystal recall I might have boasted 20 years ago, when there was more tread on the tires, but the wonder — at the stacks of books, thousands of them, all there for the claiming — remains fresh, as if it happened yesterday. And in a way, it did. (more…) Continue Reading →

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