"We Leave the Flowers Where They Are" Book Launch
Friday, September 20, 5-8 pm, Large Meeting Room, Lewis & Clark Library. Local nonprofits the Friendship Center and the YWCA will be present at the Book Launch for “We Leave the Flowers Where They Are.” Readers that evening are contributors Jessica Bruinsma, Kelley Provost, Sav Shopay, Tamara Love, Dolly Browder, Lisa Hunt, and Jain Walsh and Chelsia Rice. The emcee will be Joyce Hocker, and music will be provided by Andrea Cross Guns and Micah Heller.
Every woman has a story, and this publication encourages every community to support and cultivate women’s voices.
Longtime memoir instructor and novelist Richard Fifield is curator of the anthology; the collection is named after a line in a poem written by 84-year-old Marylor Wilson. Fifield is the author of The Flood Girls (Simon & Schuster, 2016) and The Small Crimes of Tiffany Templeton (Penguin, Spring 2020).
The idea for the project grew out of Fifield’s memoir classes. Women of all ages and backgrounds have been writing and sharing their stories in his classes for years, according to Fifield, who saw the importance in sharing these stories with a broader audience. The anthology is a truly inclusive collection, representing voices of women across the Big Sky state, from Powder River to Eureka. Reflecting the diversity of Montana women, the authors’ stories offer joy, pain, humor and hope.
“We hope that reaching out to public libraries will provide a safe space for women to hear a variety of readers,” says Fifield. “We hope these stories can help a woman not feel alone, or ashamed, and we want to have local resources on hand to provide support.”
“We Leave the Flowers Where They Are” retails for $17, with one dollar from each book supporting The Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) and one dollar from each book supporting Humanities Montana.
This event is free and open to the public. The book will be available for purchase at launch events and at bookstores throughout the state chosen to partner with the project based on their history of supporting arts in their communities, including:
Fact & Fiction, Missoula
Books & Books, Butte
Montana Book Company, Helena
Cassiopeia Books, Great Falls
Country Bookshelf, Bozeman
This House of Books, Billings