Literary Festival Keynote

Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Senior English Capstone Seminar students  are happy to announce that this year’s Keynote Speaker will be local legend and Carroll alumnus Tom Harpole, whose recent collection of essays Regarding Willingness: Chronicles of a Fraught Life has been awarded the 2020 Montana Book Honor Award. He will present on campus in Trinity Hall Lounge on November 11, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A.

"Tom 'Harp' Harpole was a horse logger working from remote mountain camps and living in wall tents until an accident suggested a change of lifestyle. He took to his other avocation – writing, and studied abroad in Ireland. He began publishing stories in periodicals such as Smithsonian Air & Space, Sports Illustrated, Crocodil, Montana Quarterly, Whitefish Review, and more. In 1986 his story 'The Last of Butch' (Faber & Faber, London) was selected as The Best Short Story in the British Isles. His work has been short-listed for the National Magazine Award twice, and translated into six languages. He has been a guest reader on NPR more than a dozen times. Harpole writes in a voice that uses his natural wit and humor to shed light on a life of stories that bring readers to the edge of danger. 'Tom Harpole is what you might call a thinking man’s Evel Knievel.'–Aaron Parrett, MT Senior News

“Certain magazines that assigned Harp feature articles knew early on that he would try anything that involved physical/emotional risks. He regarded himself as a Survivor’s Euphoria aficionado. His willingness and perspective on dalliances with danger range from an N.F.L. record, to horse logging, to skydiving with Russian cosmonauts, to getting a black bear stoned, to his compassion as a volunteer EMT in rural Montana, to protesting Gorbachev in 1990, to driving ice roads above the Arctic circle, and more. This book is a collection of sixteen of his most popular stories.”

All events are free and the Helena community is encouraged to attend.

This event is part of Carroll’s annual Literary Festival. 

Carroll Campus
Trinity Lounge
1601 N Benton Ave
Helena, MT 59625
United States