Chérie Newman

Producer and On-Air Host

Chérie Newman is an arts and humanities producer and on-air host for Montana Public Radio, and a freelance writer. Her weekly literary program, The Write Question, is broadcast on several public radio stations, and available online at PRX.org and MTPR.org.

Her articles, essays, and book reviews have been published in Montana Magazine, High Country News, the University of Montana Alumni Newsletter, Whitefish Review, the Billings Gazette, the Missoulian, Montana Senior News, Outside Bozeman Magazine, and on numerous websites.

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Drumlummon Contemporary Fiction Series / Riverbend Publishing

Survivors Said contains Matt Pavelich's best stories written over four decades. About the collection, Gish Jen, author of Typical American and The Love Wife , writes, “What writing! The stories in Survivors Said are of the young and the old, of people getting out and people getting by. . . .

Penguin Books

About the Book:

In isolated British Columbia, girls, mostly Native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway. Leo Kreutzer and his four friends are barely touched by these disappearances–until a series of mysterious and troublesome outsiders come to town, and it seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them.

The next time you’re in a supermarket or bookstore, check out the magazines. On the racks, you’re likely to see a profusion of glossy publications devoted to Montana stories about fly fishing vacations, high-end restaurants, and art, printed on pages supported by ads for trophy homes and custom-built furniture. But the Montana Quarterly takes a different approach, says Editor-in-chief Scott McMillion.

Candlewick Press

About the book:

In MARTians, last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, is starting work at AllMART, where "your smile is the AllMART welcome mat." Her living arrangements are equally bleak: she can wait for her home to be foreclosed and stripped of anything valuable now that AnnaMom has moved away, leaving Zoë behind, or move to the Warren, an abandoned strip-mall-turned-refuge for other left-behinds. With a handful of other disaffected, forgotten kids, Zoë must find her place in a world that has consumed itself beyond redemption. She may be a last girl, but her name means "life," and Zoë isn’t ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss. Zoë wants to live.

Simon & Schuster

 About the book:

House of the Rising Sun tells the story of a father and son separated by war and circumstance—and whose encounter with the legendary Holy Grail will change their lives forever.

Simon & Schuster

Chérie Newman:  The award-winning author James Lee Burke recently published his 36th book, titled House of the Rising Sun. Like many of his other books, this one was written in Montana, which he dearly loves.

James Lee Burke:   I remember the first day we came into Missoula. It was in July of 1966. We drove through Hellgate Canyon and I told Pearl, I said “I’m going to kick the bucket here. This is it. This is the best place I’ve ever been. I miss it in one day. If I go one day away, I’m ready to come back.

Tugboat Design / Encante Press

About the book:

Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico is the follow-up to Marty Essen's six-time award-winning book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.

The Myrna Loy Center presents Helena Theatre Company’s production of Gruesome Playground Injuries, by Pulitzer finalist Rajiv Joseph. A truly different kind of love story that spans three decades, during which an accident prone daredevil and a corrosive masochist navigate friendship, love, and the squishy parts in between.

Information and tickets are available at MyrnaLoyCenter.com.

cover image credit : Tom Mangelson / Rizzoli Publications

A record 59 grizzly bears died in the Yellowstone ecosystem in 2015, most of them after conflicts with hunters and livestock growers. And yet, one bear, a female called 399, has shown a remarkable ability to survive interactions with humans without getting herself into trouble. If 399 emerges from her den next spring, she’ll be 20 years old.

According to journalist Todd Wilkinson “399, because she’s been so accessible, has become the most famous and widely-recognized bear on earth.”

Wilkinson is the author of Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek:  An Intimate Portrait of 399. The book is coffee-table-sized and includes dozens of gorgeous images captured by Wyoming naturalist-photographer Thomas Mangleson. Wilkinson, says Mangleson had to work hard for those images.

“The only way that you can amass a portfolio like this,” says Wilkinson, “is spending months of every year rising before sun rise, staying out until past dusk, trailing these bears, but not getting too close, because he’s an ethical wildlife photographer. But he also had this network of people wired. So whenever sightings would occur of either 399 or her daughter, 610, Mangelson would know where to go and then provide a stake-out in order to see the bears.”

Three-ninety-nine’s intelligence is legendary. Not only has she managed to stay alive for nearly two decades, but she has taught her cubs what she knows about avoiding trouble with humans.

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