Novelist, poet visits Voice Saturday

Novelist, poet visits Voice Saturday

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The Writer's Voice of the Billings Family YMCA presents a reading by Bob Cherry at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Barnes & Noble. This event is free and open to the public.

Bob Cherry's novel "Little Rains" explores the myths and realities that define the contemporary rural West. It is a haunting novel of loss and redemption, secrets and revelations, the hard labor of growing up, and the struggle to stave off the modern world from one of the last bastions of the American West.

As stark and gritty as the southwest Texas landscape, "Little Rains" chronicles one of the final tragedies of the American rangeland — the demise of the independent cattleman.

"A powerful narrative reminiscent of Steinbeck with haunting characters and stunning integration of vigorous details," said Charlotte Hinger, WWA Spur Award Winner.

Bob Cherry's Texas/Alaska series includes "West of Empty" and "Spirit of the Raven: An Alaskan Novel."

Cherry is a fiction writer and poet. His works have received awards and honors, including the Horizon Award for his first novel, "Spirit of the Raven: An Alaskan Novel." This best-selling novel was also recognized by the Western Writers of America as one of three finalists in two separate categories: Best First Novel and Best Novel of the West. His novel "West of Empty" is a finalist in the WWA Awards for Best Original Paperback.

His short fiction has been published nationally and was awarded honors by the U.N.T. literary magazine, Avesta. His poetry has won awards.

Cherry, a native Texan from Kermit, spent almost three decades in an isolated fishing village in rural Alaska, accessible only by air. He now writes from his ranch in Northwest Wyoming near Yellowstone.

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