The Big Sky, By and By

Here, for the first time, is the collected work of one of Montana’s leading journalists, Ed Kemmick. In pieces spanning a 30-year career with Montana newspapers, he tells a contemporary story of Montana through the eyes of everyday, extraordinary people who define the rugged individuality and big-hearted kindness of the Big Sky State. Among the tales are those of Dobro Dick, the traveling troubadour from Livingston; Maryona Johnson, who ran a brothel in Miles City; Shirley Smith, the cowboy curator from Fromberg who meticulously maintains the state’s rodeo traditions; and Evel Knievel, who even in death gave his hometown of Butte another thrill (and a hell of an afterparty).

Kemmick, the owner of Last Best News and formerly a longtime reporter and columnist for the Billings Gazette, brings humor and deep empathy to his subjects, making them every bit as vivid for readers as they were when Kemmick sat down to talk with them.

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Book Details

  • Release date: July 26, 2011
  • Publisher: Missouri Breaks Press
  • Retail price: $14
  • Number of pages: 238
  • Format: Trade paperback (6×9)
  • ISBN-10: 0982782233
  • ISBN-13: 9780982782231

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