‘Bold Women in Montana History’ is Montana’s National Book Festival feature

The Montana Center for the Book, in conjunction with the Montana State Library, has selected “Bold Women in Montana History” by Missoula author Beth Judy as the state’s entry in the Library of Congress’s 2017 Discover Great Places Through Reading brochure. The brochure will be available for distribution at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on September 2.

“Bold Women in Montana History” is the sixth in Mountain Press’s state-by-state biographical series for teen readers. The book features portraits of 11 Montana women, from the Blackfeet warrior Running Eagle to the stereotype-smashing librarian Alma Jacobs. 

The list of books featured in the Discover Great Places Through Reading brochure can be works of fiction or non-fiction, either a book about the state or by an author from the state. Children or young adults are the primary audience for the map. The book will be showcased in the Young Readers Center at the National Book Festival and available for sale at the Festival Bookstore. 

The Montana Center for the Book is a program of Humanities Montana and the state affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Its mission is to promote awareness of books, writing, reading, the book arts, publishing, and literacy in Montana. 

Humanities Montana is the state’s independent, nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, community dialogue, and public issues. 

Through its statewide programs, the Montana State Library empowers Montanans, enhances learning in families and communities, builds 21st Century skills, and provides opportunities for civic participation. 

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