One Book Billings

One Book Billings


The Billings Public Library One Book Billings program seeks to provide a forum for library patrons to read and discuss in small groups regional authors and/or literary works which examine and reflect life on the High Plains, especially Montana.

2019-2020 Schedule

The One Book Billings program is sponsored by a grant from Bernard Rose through the Billings Public Library Foundation. This series is offered in memory of Marge McArthur, who had previously co-sponsored One Book Billings. Discussion groups come together five times a year (every other month from September to May) to discuss the same book. 

Books are provided to registered participants about four weeks before the scheduled session. The discussions are led by experienced discussion leaders and are held in locations around Billings, and one in Red Lodge, during a single week (Monday through Thursday).

About the Books
This year’s selections are a variety of types – two recent novels, a classic work of fiction and two non-fiction books. All the books are by Montana authors, or are about Montana. This should be an interesting and challenging series with a range of topics. Those of you who have taken part in the past will want to do so again and ask your friends to join in. Those who haven’t yet taken part will find a great reason to give this community-wide program a try.

Session Descriptions

There will be eight sessions for each book spread around the Billings community, and one in Red Lodge, during the week. The Library will bring authors or experts about the authors, to Billings (either in person or by Skype) for informal discussions about the book on the Saturday after the sessions.

Contact Us

Please call 657-8290 or stop by the 2nd floor Help Desk for more information on the most recent One Book Billings selection.

2019-2020 Books

Arbuckle by Russell RowlandArbuckle
by Russell Rowland
Books available Aug. 1, 2019.
Discussions take place September 9 -12, 2019

A Darkness Lit by Heroes by Aaron Parrett
A Darkness Lit by Heroes: The Granite Mountain-Speculator Mine Disaster of 1917
by Doug Ammons

Books available February 3, 2020. Discussions take place
March 2-5, 2020 

Winter Wheat by Mildred Walker
Winter Wheat
by Mildred Walker

Books available October 1, 2019. Discussions take place Nov. 4-7, 2019

American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
by Nate Blakeslee

Books available April 1, 2020. Discussions take place May 4-7, 2020

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford

Love and Other Consolation Prizes
by Jamie Ford
Book available December 2, 2019. Discussions take place January 6-9, 2020 

More Information 

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