Alan Weltzien book launch Nov. 10

UMW News Bureau

University of Montana Western Professor of English Alan Weltzien will be marking the publishing of two new books with a dual launch at the Bookstore in Dillon on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a reading at 6 p.m. UMW NEWS BUREAU University of Montana Western Professor of English Alan Weltzien will be marking the publishing of two new books with a dual launch at the Bookstore in Dillon on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a reading at 6 p.m. Weltzien’s newest book, “To Kilimanjaro and Back,” derives from a trip to East Africa in June 2009. The poetry chapbook was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in Nacogdoches, Texas. Describing himself as “a born again poet,” Weltzien chronicles his experience with poems about the animals, people and plants of his tour to Africa. “The book also details the discomfort and complicity that is the dilemma of any tourist from the so-called ‘First World,’" Weltzien explained. The trip to Africa also included visits to Nairobi, the Ngorongoro Crater World Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park and a trip to the summit of Africa’s tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Weltzien will also celebrate the re-publication of Thomas Savage’s “Lona Hanson” by Drumlummon Institute in collaboration with Riverbend Publishing. Weltzien wrote the introduction to “Lona Hanson.” Weltzien has worked for several years to bring the once obscure western writer to wider audiences. Weltzien also wrote an article, “Thomas Savage, A Forgotten Novelist,” which appeared in the 2009 issue of Montana Magazine. “‘Lona Hanson’ completes the initial, dark survey of Western ranching life Savage returned to later in his career,” Weltzien explained. Savage, who wrote many of his novels from and about the Beaverhead County area, also wrote “The Pass,” which was re-published in 2009 by Riverbend Publishing in cooperation with Drumlummon Institute. Weltzien will read a selection of his work at 6 p.m. The Bookstore is located at 26 North Idaho Street in Dillon.