Debra Magpie Earling, Director
Liberal Arts 215
Pete Fromm Prose Reading
Pete Fromm, the University of Montana fall 2017 Distinguished Kittredge Writer, will read his prose at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in Turner Hall’s Dell Brown Room. The reading, which will feature excerpts from both of his memoirs, is free and open to the public.
Fromm’s latest book is the memoir THE NAMES OF THE STARS: A LIFE IN THE WILDS. In the book, Fromm seeks out the source of his passion for wilderness while exploring fatherhood and mortality.
In his first memoir, INDIAN CREEK CHRONICLES, he delivers a personal account of seven winter months spent alone in a tent in Idaho guarding salmon eggs and coming face-to-face with the blunt realities of life as a contemporary mountain man. It has been described as a “gripping story of adventure and a modern-day Walden.” Dubbed a “contemporary classic,” it is used in many high school classrooms.
Fromm is a five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his novels IF NOT FOR THIS, AS COOL AS I AM and HOW ALL THIS STARTED, his story collection DRY RAIN and INDIAN CREEK CHRONICLES. The film of AS COOL AS I AM was released in 2013. He is also the author of four other story collections and has published 200 stories in magazines.
Fromm has been teaching creative writing at UM this fall. “The quality of the students makes me wish I’d known earlier that I wanted to be a writer,” he said. “Hanging out with these students would have saved me years of learning it on my own. But, better late than never, they’re still teaching me plenty.”
Fromm graduated from UM in 1981 with a degree in wildlife biology.