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A respected Montana author is coming to Havre for Wednesday's celebrity luncheon at the Heritage Center.

Peter Fromm of Great Falls, three-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award and a two-time nominee for a Pushcart Award, will be the guest at the luncheon starting at noon in the third-floor courtroom in the center.

Fromm, a native of Milwaukee, turned to writing after an education and experience in outdoor work. He worked for Grand Teton National Park as a river ranger after receiving a degree with high honors in wildlife biology from the University of Montana in 1981.

He turned to writing in 1990 and has sold more than 100 stories. Fromm's first collection, "The Tall Uncut," was published in 1992.

"Indian Creek Chronicles: A Winter in the Bitterroot Wilderness," an autobiographical work published in 1993, won Fromm his first Pacific Northwest Booksellers award and won the Wisconsin Library Association Outstanding Achievement Award.

"Monkey Tag," selected by the New York City Library as one of the best novels for teenagers, was published in 1994. His second story collection, "King of the Mountain," was also published that year.

1997's "Dry Rain," another story collection, earned Fromm a second Pacific Northwest Booksellers award and a second Wisconsin Library Association award.

His fourth collection, "Blood Knot," was published in 1998, and 1999's collection, "Night Swimming," won Fromm another Wisconsin Library Association Award.

Fromm's first adult novel, 2000's "How All This Started," earned him his third Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award.

The novel tells the story of a 20-year-old Texas girl, battling depression, who tries to train her brother, 15, to become a pitcher good enough to turn professional. The novel details the relationships between the siblings, and their gradual understanding of their parents.

Fromm lives in Great Falls with his wife and two young sons.

The luncheon, cosponsored by the Sparkle Plenty reading group, costs $15. Tickets are available at the door, but people are asked to call 265-7258 to reserve a seat.

 
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