Montana Public Radio

'A Million Acres'

Nov 12, 2019

A Million Acres

Montana's stunning landscape shapes all who live here and all who visit.

In twenty powerful pieces of writing—essays, memoirs, short stories—the state's finest contemporary writers explore the plains, rivers, and mountains of Big Sky Country. They show us how natural beauty and hardship are two sides of the same coin, and how sometimes the only way to cure heartache is to visit the great outdoors.

From a hardscrabble upbringing to the pain of losing the family land, from death on a river to the awe of landing a big fish, from backcountry encounters with grizzly bears to an out-of-stater's happiness at making Montana her home, A Million Acres offers a wonderfully diverse range of experiences and perspectives.

Framing these words are twenty-eight breathtaking photographs that render these open spaces in gorgeous color.

Come to Montana: in words, in pictures, in person. And see what makes the Last Best Place worth saving.

Featuring essays and stories by: Rick Bass, Alexis Bonogofsky, Christine Carbo, Janet Skeslien Charles, Gwen Florio, James Grady, Keir Graff, Laulette LeDoux Hansen, Jamie Harrison, Eric Heidle, Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, Allen Morris Jones, Carrie La Seur, Maxim Loskutoff, Antonia Malchik, Maile Meloy, Caroline Patterson, Jim Robbins, Russell Rowland, and Joe Wilkins.

Keir Graff
Credit Zachary James Johnston

About the Editor: 

Keir Graff is the author of six novels for adults, three novels for middle-graders, and short stories published in periodicals ranging from the Missoula Independent to the Chicago Reader. He is also the co-editor, with James Grady, of the anthology Montana Noir. Born and raised in Missoula, Graff now lives in Chicago, where he has worked in publishing for two decades. He returns to Montana every chance he gets.

Alexis Bonogofsky

About the Photographer:

Alexis Bonogofsky is a fourth-generation Montanan, goat and sheep rancher, and freelance writer and photographer who lives and works along the Yellowstone River in southeastern Montana where she grew up. Her writing and photography can be found on her website East of Billings and in various news outlets and magazines including Mountain Journal, Montana Quarterly, Farm 406, and High Desert Journal.