Visiting Nonfiction, Video Game Author Tom Bissell to Read, Lecture at UM

October 13, 2015

Author Tom BissellMISSOULA – An author who won the Rome Prize and a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship will visit the University of Montana on Friday, Oct. 23, to lecture during the day and read nonfiction that evening. Both events are free and open to the public.

Tom Bissell will present his craft lecture, “The Best Paragraph and The Worst Paragraph: A Comparison,” from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in Payne Family Native American Center Room 105. His nonfiction reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room.

Bissell has written several books, including “Extra Lives,” “Magic Hours” and “The Father of All Things.” He also is a video game writer and has worked on several franchises, including “Gears of War,” “Battlefield” and “Uncharted.” His new book “Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve” will be released next year.

“Tom Bissell’s intelligence, clarity, honesty, energy and omnidirectional curiosity – about subjects ranging from politics to video games to the 12 apostles – have made him one of the most vital and engaging writers now working,” UM creative writing Professor David Gates said. “He’s been a visionary book editor, a brilliant writer, a tireless reporter, an astute critic and an inspiring teacher.

“I can’t wait to see what he’ll turn his hand to next,” Gates said. “Nothing should surprise us.”

To learn more about the Creative Writing Program and Bissell’s visit to UM, call Karin Schalm, program coordinator, at 406-243-5267, email or visit


Contact: Karin Schalm, UM Creative Writing Program coordinator, 406-243-5267,