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Best-selling author speaking on the Hi-Line


September 5, 2019

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Author Jamie Ford reads from his novel "Songs of Willow Frost" at a recent appearance. Ford will be speaking on the Hi-Line next week.

Editor’s note: This corrects that the Havre presentation does not have a meet and greet before Ford talks.

An internationally recognized author is coming to the Hi-Line to talk about his work next week.

"Come and expect a good time," Jamie Ford, whose works include New York Times Bestseller "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet," said. "I don't do author events to bore myself, I do them to have an enjoyable time for myself, as well, and it is just really great to support your local library."

He will start his Hi-Line presentations Monday, Sept. 9, at the Harlem Public Library with a meet-and-greet including a taco bar provided by the local book club from 6 to 7 p.m. with his presentation starting at 7 p.m.

His next stop will speak at the Blaine County Library in Chinook Tuesday, Sept. 10. The evening will begin with a meet-greet-and-eat from 6-7 p.m., followed by his talk at 7 p.m.

Then he will be at Havre-Hill County Library Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

"We picked him because he's popular and we try to do events that the patrons will like," Havre-Hill County Library Director Rachel Rawn said.

She added that she is looking forward to hearing him speak and that he was a really good speaker when he came to the library before in 2011.

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Jamie Ford

"I like to support the small libraries here in Montana. I think it's important to take care of your own community," Ford said.

Ford's second novel, "Songs of Willow Frost," also was a national bestseller and  his third book "Love and Other Consolation Prizes," was published in 2017. 

Ford grew up in the Seattle area, and lives now in Great Falls as he makes his living as a writer.

He said his dad is half Chinese, so he typically writes with either Asian-American characters or explorers.

"My book events, they are 50 percent entertainment, 45 percent educational and 5 percent reading," Ford said. 

He added he might mention a sneak peak into the new novel he is working on.


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