The Billings Outpost

‘Native in a white world’

By STEPHEN DOW - For The Outpost


Nearly 75 people gathered to discuss pressing issues related to Native Americans at the Native American Race Relations and Healing Symposium last Saturday at the Billings Public Library.

The event was created by Montana writers Russell Rowland and Adrian Jawort and comprised three panel discussions. The first focused on Native American history while the second and third panels focused on the biggest problems facing Native Americans today and how to fix them.

Below are some of the highlights from those who spoke at what Jawort hopes will become an annual “community conversation” about race and racism.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 August 2015 08:39

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Montana inspires 5th novel from Billings’ Lancaster

Story and Photo - By STEPHEN DOW - For The Outpost

Ed Kemmick moderates a discussion with Craig Lancaster of his new book.Author Craig Lancaster has lived all over the country, but Montana continues to have a special place in his heart.

“I grew up in the suburbs of north Texas where nothing is real,” Lancaster said. “I joked on the radio yesterday that what we did for fun when I was a kid was watch a Chili’s get built. So Montana just enthralled me, because it was so different from what I experienced growing up.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 August 2015 20:35

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New novel stretches his range

“This Is What I Want,” by Craig Lancaster. Lake Union Publishing. Paperback, 340 pages.

By DAVID CRISP - The Billings Outpost

thisiswhatiwantIn previous book issues, I gave high praise for Billings writer Craig Lancaster’s first and third novels, “600 Hours of Edward” and “Edward Adrift.” I was less enthusiastic about novels two and four: “The Summer Son” and “The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter,” which both felt a bit crimped.

This prompted Mr. Lancaster to remark that as a reviewer, I was right half the time. He did not say which half.

Novel No. 5, “This Is What I Want,” should then settle the matter. But I have to confess that upon considerable reflection I still haven’t quite made up my mind about this one. Call it a draw.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 August 2015 20:54

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