SEJ's 20th Annual Conference Agenda — Sunday

Sunday, October 17, 2010
Holiday Inn at the Park

Agenda Registration Lodging/Transportation Exhibits/Receptions Missoula Coverage


Join Western authors along the river that runs through Missoula at the main conference hotel, the Holiday Inn at the Park. Go for guided nature walks on waterfront trails along a cleaned-up Clark Fork River that once ran red with copper mining waste. Stay for our book publisher pitch slam following the walks. Full breakfast is included. Full breakfast is included. Pre-registration and $25 fee required (included for Post-Conference Tour attendees).

Beginning around 8:00 a.m., shuttles will stop at the Holiday Inn Express and the Doubletree Hotel Missoula Edgewater to take attendees to the Holiday Inn at the Park. If you’re going straight to the airport after the Sunday sessions, or if you’re registered for the post-conference tour to Glacier Park, bring your luggage. Once you arrive at the Holiday Inn at the Park: airport riders, stow your luggage on the SEJ shuttle marked AIRPORT; post-conference tour attendees, stow your luggage in the coach bus labeled GLACIER PARK.

Sessions will be held in parlors A and B. Follow the signs from the main lobby.

University of Montana Bookstore

8:00 a.m. - noon

Visit our onsite bookstore, where you will find a variety of books for sale, published by SEJ members, invited speakers and University of Montana professors.


Breakfast with the Authors

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

This is not your grandparents’ West. But the West has been changing for some time. We’ve been debating cows vs. condos, mink vs. manure, and trees vs. board feet for over two decades. Where does this conversation go now? What are the West’s most pressing and salient issues? How does one tell and get these stories out in the current publishing landscape? Our esteemed authors will tackle these questions and more over a hearty breakfast. Coverage.

Moderator: Bryan DiSalvatore, Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, University of Montana, and Author, A Clever-Baseballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward

Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Philosophy, Oregon State University, and Author, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, Wild Comfort, Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, and other books
David James Duncan, Author, The Brothers K, The River Why, River Teeth, My Story As Told By Water, and God Laughs and Plays
William Kittredge, Regents Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Montana (retired), and Author, Hole in the Sky: A Memoir, Who Owns The West?, The Nature of Generosity, We Are Not In This Together, Owning It All, and other books


Nature Walks Along the Clark Fork River

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Book Publisher Pitch Slam

11:00 a.m. - Noon

Back by popular demand, this time with audio recorders definitely off, journalists will step up to the mic and have two minutes to pitch a book idea to a panel of seasoned publishing-house editors. The panelists will then critique the idea — as well as the pitch — and share some suggestions (and maybe a few business cards) with budding authors from the floor. This should be an excellent session for journalists looking to make the leap from newspapers/magazines/broadcast to the book world. Attendees are strongly encouraged to craft their pitch in advance.

Moderator: Peter Annin, Author, The Great Lakes Water Wars and Associate Director, Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources

Joni Praded, Editorial Director, Chelsea Green Publishing
Barbara Ras, Director, Trinity University Press
John Rimel, Publisher, Mountain Press Publishing Company

SEJ's 20th Annual Conference ends. Shuttles will return attendees to the Doubletree Hotel Missoula Edgewater and the Holiday Inn Express. If you are going to the airport at the close of sessions, board the SEJ shuttle marked AIRPORT outside the main lobby. Check to be sure you have all your luggage!

Post-conference tour attendees, board your bus for Glacier Park outside the main lobby of the Holiday Inn at the Park. Check to be sure you have all your luggage!


Post-Conference Tour: Glacier Park and Conservation at the 'Crown of the Continent'

Sunday, October 17 - Wednesday, October 20

Explore one of the most extraordinary landscapes on the continent and the largest intact ecosystem in the Lower 48 — some 3 million acres stretching along the Continental Divide from just east of Missoula to the Canadian border in Glacier National Park. We’ll hear conservation success stories and looming threats; talk with tribal, government, NGO, and private landowners; shoot clay pigeons at the Boone & Crockett Club ranch; hike daily; and stay in one of the region’s grand historic lodges. Come experience Montana’s wild country. The tour departs Missoula after the Sunday authors program and returns to Missoula around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20. The  fee only $350! covers transportation, lodging and most meals throughout the trip, as well as the Western authors program. Deadline to cancel for refund, less $25 processing fee, is September 16. Details and itinerary.

Tour Leaders:
Douglas Fischer, Editor, Daily Climate
Dan Pletscher, Professor and Director, Wildlife Biology Program, Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana

Mike Briggs, Director of Ranch Operations, Teddy Roosevelt Memorial Ranch
Dave Carr, Project Manager, Rocky Mountain Front, The Nature Conservancy
Elouise Cobell, Native American Community Development Program and Lead Plaintiff, Cobell v. Kempthorne
Lisa Flowers, Director of Conservation Education, Boone & Crockett Club
Woody Kipp, Instructor, Blackfeet Community College
Tom and Melanie Parker, Northwest Connections
Karl Rappold, Rancher, Dupuyer, MT
John Waller, Wildlife Biologist, National Park Service
Lea Whitford, Director, Blackfeet Studies Department, Blackfeet Community College


Sunday Stay-Overs

If you don’t have the time for the three-day Glacier tour, stick around for Sunday afternoon and evening after the conference ends – fly or drive home on Monday instead – to choose from a variety of activities you can do on your own or with friends. We’ll provide info on Missoula area attractions, like how you can dip in nearby hot springs pools, go fishing or hiking, paddling or bicycling (boats and bikes can be rented locally), explore local green buildings and smart urban infill or historic Old West ghost towns. You’ve earned a few hours off, might as well take the time where the taking is good.


Wednesday, October 13
Thursday, October 14
Friday, October 15
Saturday, October 16

**NOTE: © Montage artwork on all conference pages courtesy Margaret Emerson.