In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean

Writing the West: The Way Forward | September 13-15, 2019 | Seeley Lake & Missoula, Montana

The 2017 In The Footsteps Of Norman Maclean Festival presents three days of stories from the iconic Blackfoot River and Blackfoot Valley of northwest Montana.

Writing the West: A Way Forward

Tickets for the 3rd Norman Maclean Festival
September 13-15, 2019


Daytime: In Seeley Lake

Tour of Norman's Favorite Fishing Holes
Jerry O'Connell, Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Tour of “Norman's Neighborhood” in Seeley Lake
Ron Cox, Seeley Lake Historical Museum
1:00 - 3:00 pm


Evening: In Missoula


Re-Release of “40 Years a Forester”
4:30 - 6:00 pm
Museum of Forest Service History, Missoula

John N. Maclean and Aaron Parrett will co-host this celebration event featuring the re-printing of Elers Koch's book 40 Years a Forester: 1903-1943. Copies of book will be available.


Morning: MCT Theater, Missoula

Presentation: The Lost Journals of Sacajawea
10:00 - 11:00 am
Debra Magpie Earling and Peter Koch (Poetry & Photography)

Exploring the West
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Michael Punke (The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge) and Peter Stark (Astoria)


Lunch Break: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Afternoon: MCT Theater, Missoula

Keynote: Michael Punke: Why I Write the West
1:30 pm
Michael Punke (The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, The Last Stand: George Bird Grinnell, The Battle to Save the Buffalo and the Birth of the New West, and Fire and Brimstone: The North Butte Mining Disaster of 1917)

Realizing the West
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Judy Blunt (Breaking Clean) and Rick Bass (Why I Came West)

Restoring the West: The Way Forward
3:15 – 4:30 pm
Dan O'Brien (Buffalo for the Broken Heart) and Richard Manning (ReWilding the West)

Evening: MCT Theater, Missoula

Gala Festival Dinner
Cocktails begin at 6:00 pm
Dinner at 7:00 pm featuring speaker Annick Smith – Is this Still the Last Best Place? Catering by Bravo Catering.



Morning: MCT Theater, Missoula


Applied Indigenous Story-telling: Perma Red TV Series and Community Engagement
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Perma Red TV series production team as they describe the dynamic process of creating a culturally significant and accurate community based production followed by A World Unseen, Documentary about the making of The Revenant

Lunch Break: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Enjoy Missoula's Nearby Restaurants

Afternoon: MCT Theater, Missoula

The Revenant: From the Book to the Big Screen
1:30 - 5:00 pm
Michael Punke, author of The Revenant, A Novel of Revenge and Mark Smith, screenwriter, The Revenant with a film screening of The Revenant


Sponsors: Clearwater Montana Properties • Prop Foundation • Montana Department of Commerce • Montana Cultural Trust Fund • Humanities Montana • Garlington, Lohn & Robinson, PLLP • Margaret and Charles Burback • Montana Film Office • Citizens Alliance Bank • Montana Public Radio • Missoula Federal Credit Union • Stockman Bank • Thomas Beers • Blackfoot • Destination Missoula • Missoula TBID

Co-sponsors: Big Blackfoot Riverkeeper • National Museum of Forest Service History • Seeley Lake Historical Society and Museum

For More Information contact: Jenny Rohrer, Festival Coordinator
(406) 754-0034,

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