Highlights to watch for at the 2022 Montana Book Festival

Missoulian staff

The festival of the book is back. The Montana Book Festival takes place Sept. 15-18 at venues around Missoula, primarily at the Missoula Public Library, the Zootown Arts Community Center and the Roxy Theater.

There are more than 50 authors and even more events, spanning local writers, genre, poetry, fiction and fan-fiction. Here are some highlights of the days ahead. Go to montanabookfestival.com for more information and a complete schedule.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Festival opening with Debra Magpie Earling

11 a.m.-12 p.m. MPL, Cooper Room B

The festival kicks off with a reading from Earling, whose celebrated novel, “Perma Red,” has been reissued by Milkweed Editions.

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“The Territories: A literary grudge match”

8-9 p.m., Ole Beck VFW Post 209

Local authors throw down on some shared-universe wrestling fiction. Participants include Dan Brooks, who’s published work in the Missoula Independent and the New York Times Magazine, and the city’s two local professional MMA journalists/podcasters, Chad Dundas and Ben Fowlkes.

$5 w/o all-access button.

“Gentrification in the Mountain West”

4-5 p.m., MPL, Cooper Room A

Jump into one of the most pressing issues in the region with this panel. Ryanne Pilgeram, a Montana native, is a professor

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