Billings Public Library will host author Russell Rowland to talk about his book, Arbuckle, and the family legacies that inspired the novel. Arbuckle is the September selection for One Book Billings, a reading and discussion series sponsored by the Billings Public Library Foundation. The 2019-2020 series has been sponsored in memory of Marge McArthur. The program will be at the Billings Public Library’s Community Room on Saturday, September 14 at 1:00 pm. The presentation is free and open to the public.
In Arbuckle, Catherine Boland meets a shy young ranch hand at the bank where she works, but she has no idea that he just took part in a recent vigilante hanging that she has been very outspoken about. And although George Arbuckle was not a willing participant in that hanging, he worries that once Catherine learns about his participation, he will lose her for good. This is just the first of the challenges facing this young couple in late 19th century Montana. Arbuckle, the third book in a trilogy about a ranch family in southeastern Montana, also takes on issues of rape, abortion, and the difficulty of developing a happy life in the early homesteader days.
Russell Rowland is the author of six books and a literary podcast host, and a mentor to fledgling writers. A fourth-generation Montanan, Rowland was born in Bozeman. He earned an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University where he finished his first novel. His previous novels have been highly acclaimed, and his popular non-fiction narrative Fifty-Six Counties, inspired a public radio program that debuted on July 1st, 2019. He lives in Billings, Montana.
For more information, please view the Billings Public Library website at https://billingslibrary.org or call 406-657-8290.