Celebrate Montana Book Festival with UM Event

September 15, 2017

MISSOULA – In celebration of the 2017 Montana Book Festival, Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library will host an event featuring presentations by faculty members. They will discuss classic literary texts held by Archives and Special Collections and their significance.

The event, “Classic Literary Texts in Archives and Special Collections,” will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Mansfield Library’s Theta Rho Room on the fourth floor. Held in conjunction with the Montana Book Festival, this event is free and open to the public. It includes a special tour of some of the most rare and unique literary volumes inside UM’s archives.

Presenters include Prageeta Sharma, Ashby Kinch, Elizabeth Hubble and Rob Browning.

Sharma is a professor in the MFA program in creative writing, as well as the founder and president of the conference/board Thinking Its Presence: Race, Creative Writing and Literary Studies. Kinch, a professor in the Department of English, specializes in the literature of the medieval period, particularly the late medieval period. Hubble is the director of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and an adjunct assistant professor of women’s studies. Browning is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of English specializing in the study of John Milton, William Shakespeare, early modern British literature, and science fiction.

The event will conclude with an exclusive tour of literary texts held by Archives and Special Collections, including Debra Magpie Earling’s limited edition “The Lost Journals of Sacajewea,” Richard Hugo’s poetry notebooks and a handwritten draft of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “Human Life’s Mysteries.” Rare, original volumes of Milton, Geoffrey Chaucer and Walt Whitman also will be displayed.

To request disability-related modifications or for more information about the event, call archives specialist Hannah Soukup at 406-243-2053 or email library.archives@umontana.edu. More information about Archives and Special Collections is available at http://www.lib.umt.edu/asc/.  

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Contact: Hannah Soukup, archives specialist, UM Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, 406-243-2053, hannah.soukup@mso.umt.edu.