North Dakota writer Woiwode is bookfest's emeritus award winner

2011-10-09T00:15:00Z 2013-01-14T15:15:21Z North Dakota writer Woiwode is bookfest's emeritus award winner The Billings Gazette
October 09, 2011 12:15 am

North Dakota novelist and poet Larry Woiwode, the High Plains Book Awards emeritus winner, will be honored along with other award winners at a banquet Saturday evening.

Born in Carrington, N.D., Woiwode left the state for college and work before returning in 1978.

He has been the state's poet laureate since 1995.

"He is fascinated by the power of place to shape personal identity," Floyd Skloot wrote in the New York Times.

Among his recent works is "A Step from Death," a memoir. Two other titles published this year are a book of essays, "Words Made Fresh: Essays on Literature and Culture," and a novel, "The Invention of Lefse: A Christmas Story."

The High Plains Book Awards are sponsored by Parmly Billings Library Board of Trustees, Friends of PBL, PBL Foundation, Montana State University Billings, Yellowstone Art Museum and Zonta Club of Billings.  

The bookfest is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and a small grant from Humanities Montana.

Here is the bookfest schedule:


Noon, Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Ave.

Sue Hart hosts "A Tribute to Western author Terry Johnston" with Richard Wheeler, Andrew Norstrum, Leonard Hullar and Richard Gruber.

7:30 p.m. Babcock Theatre, Second Avenue North and Broadway.

David Caserio hosts "Poetry and Performance" with Greg Keeler, Bozeman, and David Romtvedt., Buffalo, Wyo. Tickets are $10 and good for both Thursday and Friday night events.

Friday, Western Heritage Center.

10:30 a.m., Sue Hart hosts "Robinson Jeffers and The Poetry of Nature" with Wilbur Wood, Willard Wyman, David Romtvedt, and Danell Jones.

Noon, Ken Egan hosts "The Poet Laureates" with David Romtvedt, Sheryl Noethe, Larry Woiwode and Henry Real Bird.

1:30 p.m., Tami Haaland hosts "The Nature of Poetry" with Bernard Quetchenbach, Cara Chamberlain, Max Hjortsberg, Michael Earl Craig, and Burt Bradley.

3 p.m., Lowell Jaeger hosts "New Poets of the American West" with Kate Northrop, Joe Wilkins, Lois Red Elk and Melissa Kwasny.


5 to 7 p.m. Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St.

HPBA finalists reception and book signing.

7:30 p.m., Babcock Theatre, poet laureates with Larry Woiwode (North Dakota laureate), Henry Real Bird (former Montana laureate), David Romtvedt (former Wyoming laureate) and Sheryl Noethe (Montana laureate). Tickets are $10. Tickets bought for Thursday night event will be honored for this event, too.

Saturday, all at the Yellowstone Art Museum.

10:30 a.m., Sue Hart hosts High Plains Book Award finalists Alyson Hagy and Nancy Pickard.

10:30 a.m., Shari Nault hosts HPBA finalists Linda Aksomitis and Sneed Collard.

1 p.m., Susan Lubbers hosts HPBA finalists Ruth McLaughlin and Amy Jo Ehman.

1 p.m., Corby Skinner hosts HPBA finalists. Brenda Marshall and Brad Watson.

3 p.m., Mike Fried hosts nonfiction HPBA finalists Steve Friesen and Thomas Minckler.

3 p.m., Danell Jones hosts HPBA poetry finalists Lowell Jaeger, Henry Real Bird and Patrick Hicks.

3 p.m., Virginia Bryan hosts HPBA emeritus award winner Larry Woiwode.


2 p.m., Parmly Billings Library, 501 N. Broadway.

Sneed Collard, program for children.

6 p.m., Montana State University Billings ballroom, HPBA awards banquet. Tickets are $40. For tickets, call Connie at 256-0625 or go to:


Contact Mary Pickett at or 657-1262.

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