MSU News Service

BOZEMAN – Award-winning author Rick Bass will speak on “The Landscape of Imagination” when he delivers Montana State University’s 2013 Wallace Stegner Lecture at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12, in the Museum of the Rockies’ Hager Auditorium.

The event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. A reception will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. in the museum’s lobby.

Bass is the author of more than 25 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A Thousand Deer, Oil Notes and Ninemile Wolves. His fiction has garnered the O. Henry Award, the Pushcart Prize and the Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year Award. He currently lives in Missoula, and has toured and recorded with Stellandro, an astral art-folk band.

Bass grew up in the suburbs of Houston, attended school in Utah and worked for eight years as a petroleum geologist in Mississippi. In 1987, he settled in Montana’s remote Yaak Valley.

The Wallace Stegner Endowed Chair in Western American Studies at MSU sponsors the Stegner Lecture, continuing Stegner’s legacy by focusing on teaching and research in history, literature and philosophy with a concentration on pressing Western issues. Past lecturers include Terry Tempest Williams and Jane Goodall.

Bass will also have a public book signing at the Country Bookshelf on April 11 from 6-7:15 p.m.

For tickets and more information, contact Cassandra Balent at cassandra.balent@montana.edu or call (406) 994-4396.