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The Billings Public Library One Book Billings program provides 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.

2016-2017 Schedule

The One Book Billings program from Billings Public Library, under a grant from Bernard Rose and Marge McArthur through the Billings Public Library Foundation, announced its schedule for 2016-2017. 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 all over Billings and one in Red Lodge during a single week (Monday through Thursday).


This year’s selections are a variety of types – four novels, and a short story collection. All the books are by Montana authors, or are about Montana. This is an interesting and challenging series and that 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. When possible, 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 657-8258 or stop by the 2nd floor Help Desk for more information on the most recent One Book Billings selection.

2016-2017 Books

Thomas Savage
Jamie Lisa Forbes

The Power of the Dog

by Thomas Savage
Discussions take place
Sept 12-15, 2016

The Last Bus to Wisdom

by Ivan Doig
Discussions take place
Nov 14-17, 2016

The Widow Smalls

by Jamie Lisa Forbes
Discussions take place
Jan 9-12, 2017
Shan Ray

American Copper

by Shann Ray
Discussions take place
Mar 6-9, 2017
Michael Punke

The Revenant

by Michael Punke
Discussions take place
May 1-4, 2017

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