Book reading, signing with author George Bristol

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Montana House is hosting guest author George Bristol for an evening reading and book signing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.

Bristol is a noted conservationist and parks advocate. He will read from his new book, “Glacier National Park: A Culmination of Giants.” Bristol will be available to sign copies of the book after the reading.

As Dayton Duncan (author and co-producer of “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”) states: “‘Glacier National Park: A Culmination of Giants’ tells the park’s story — from geologic forces that created those astonishing mountains to the Blackfeet Indians who considered them sacred, from the railroad magnate who saw both profit and beauty in them to the conservationist who called them the Crown of the Continent, from the visionary leader who both created the National Park Service and built one of the nation’s most spectacular roads through the heart of Glacier to the young men of the CCC who found both dignity and a much-needed paycheck laboring in the park during the Depression. Bristol calls them — and other important figures in the history of Glacier National Park — ‘giants.’”

Bristol has had a passionate interest in Glacier National Park since 1961 at age 20, when he took a summer job working with the trail crew in Glacier. That initial summer began his awareness and commitment to a conservation ethic. His involvement with Glacier and the National Park Service went on to include a six-year appointment to the National Park Foundation Board of Directors, co-founder and board of directors member of the Glacier Fund (now the Glacier National Park Conservancy), and an advisor to the PBS series “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” by Duncan and Ken Burns. In addition to his current book, he has published an autobiography, “On Politics and Parks,” and a poetry collection, “Visual Voices.” Bristol is also an award-winning photographer and poet.

The reading and signing event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call 406-888-5393 or email 1960mthouse@qwestoffice.net to reserve a seat. For more information, visit http://montanahouse.info.

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