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West of Love Launches at Festival

September 25, 2017

University of Montana Western Assistant Professor of English Francis Davis will read from his debut collection of short stories, West of Love, at the 2017 Montana Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, in Missoula at 2:30 p.m. at The Public House on East Broadway.

Francis Davis was born and raised in Philadelphia, but has lived most of his adult life in the West. A finalist for the 2016 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction for West of Love, he’s won writing fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, The Millay Colony for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center.

Francis Davis

A graduate of the University of Montana’s MFA program in fiction, his stories have appeared in Story, Natural Bridge and Weber: The Contemporary West, among other publications.

The Montana Book Festival is the largest literary event of the year in Montana. This year’s event will feature writers such as Jane Smiley, William Kittredge, Bill Bevis, and David Abrams. Davis’s reading will serve as a launch for his book, which was published last week by Brighthorse Books.

To learn more about West of Love and Professor Davis, you can read our article from earlier this year.