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Montana Western hosts John N. Maclean

The University of Montana hosts well-known author John N. Maclean Thursday, April 24.

MacleanJohn-bwTo wrap up this year’s “Dances With Words” visiting author series, Maclean will present “Old Men and Fire Stories,”

Maclean is an award-winning writer whose illustrious career has been spent authoring works based on wildfires. The son of “A River Runs Through It” author Norman Maclean, he left his job of 30-years as a reporter and editor at the Chicago Tribune in 1995 to write and research “Fire on the Mountain.” The book covers the South Canyon fire on Colorado’s Storm King Mountain that killed 14 firefighters and was published in 1999. The book won the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association’s best nonfiction title that year. 

Maclean has written three more books on fatal wildfires and has been nominated for several Pulitzer Prizes. His latest book, “The Esperanza Fire,” was published in 2013.

The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Great Room, which is in the Swysgood Technology Center on the Montana Western Campus. The event is free and open to the public.