The Friends of the Conrad Public Library will host a book reading and signing of Bound Like Grass by author Ruth McLaughlin on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
Bound Like Grass: A Memoir from the Western High Plains is an honest and beautifully written memoir of McLaughlin’s own and her family’s struggle to survive on their isolated wheat and cattle farm in rural eastern Montana.
She reveals the costs of homesteading on such unforgiving land including emotional impoverishment and a necessary thrift bordering on deprivation. In this memoir, McLaughlin explores her roots as a descendant of Swedish American grandparents who settled in Montana at the turn of the 20th century with high ambitions, and of parents who managed to eke out a living on their own neighboring farm.
McLaughlin was chosen to receive the prestigious 2010 Montana Book Award for Bound Like Grass. This award recognizes literary and/or artistic excellence in a book written or illustrated by someone who lives in Montana, is set in Montana, or deals with Montana themes or issues. The 2009 award went to Jamie Ford for his book Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. He lives in Great Falls and did a reading and signing at the Library previously.
McLaughlin lives in Great Falls where she teaches literacy and writing. Her stories and essays have appeared in magazines and anthologies including The New Montana Story, Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart and Best American Short Stories.
Refreshments will be served by the Friends of the Library. The book can be checked out at the Library and will be available for purchase the evening of the event.
Editor’s note: Article submitted to the I-O by Juanita Prewitt.