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One Book Belgrade

One Book Belgrade aims to foster community connections in Belgrade by bringing people together to read. It is also the annual Adult Winter Reading Program at the Belgrade Community Library and will hopefully become something the community looks forward to year after year.

One Book Belgrade 2021

One Book Belgrade 2021

March 25, 2021 from 6:00-7:30PM – Author Event with Keith McCafferty – Register here
Keith McCafferty will give a talk and answer audience questions about his book The Royal Wulff Murders and the rest of the Sean Stranahan series.

How to Read the Book

Place a hold on one of the library’s two-week copies of this year’s pick by visiting the library’s online catalog. You’ll be contacted when it’s ready for pickup! No renewals are allowed on the two-week copies of the book, in order to allow for the most people possible to read it. Please return directly to the Belgrade Community Library in the outside book return.

The library also has a copy of the audiobook. Libby, or Montana Library2Go, has 3 copies of the e-book, though there is a 2 week wait list right now.

Winter Reading

To participate in the 2021 Adult Winter Reading Program log on to ReadSquared, a new reading tracker app, or pick up a physical reading log at the library when you borrow your book.

If you read and track at least 5 books between January 1 and March 31 through ReadSquared or the paper logs, you’ll be entered to win a prize from a group of local businesses (prizes to be determined). No limit on the number of logs you submit, but there can be no repeat books. Audiobooks, graphic novels, and ebooks all count towards the goal as long as they have at least 150 pages.

If you read The Royal Wulff Murders you’ll get an additional entry (we’ll track this, don’t worry!). All logs must be submitted by March 31 to be eligible for prizes. If you attend any of the tie-in events, you’ll get an entry for each one you attend live (make sure you provide your real name and email address when you initially register and when you sign in to the event so your attendance is tracked).

May the odds be ever in your favor! Get hooked on a book this winter!

OBB2021 – The Royal Wulff Murders

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A clever and fast-paced murder mystery full of wit, suspense, and fly fishing.

When a fishing guide reels in the body of a young man on the Madison, the Holy Grail of Montana trout rivers, Sheriff Martha Ettinger suspects foul play. It’s not just the stick jammed into the man’s eye that draws her attention; it’s the Royal Wulff trout fly stuck in his bloated lower lip. Following her instincts, Ettinger soon finds herself crossing paths with Montana newcomer Sean Stranahan.

Fly fisher, painter, and has-been private detective, Stranahan left a failed marriage and lackluster career to drive to Montana, where he lives in an art studio decorated with fly-tying feathers and mouse droppings. With more luck catching fish than clients, Stranahan is completely captivated when Southern siren Velvet Lafayette walks into his life, intent on hiring his services to find her missing brother. The clues lead Stranahan and Ettinger back to Montana’s Big Business: fly fishing. Where there’s money, there’s bound to be crime.

About the Author – Keith McCafferty

Author Photo: Keith McCafferty

Keith McCafferty is the author of eight novels in the Sean Stranahan mystery series, published by Viking/Penguin Books.  He is the recipient of the Will Rogers Gold and Silver Medallion Awards and the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Novel, among many other awards. Two of his novels were chosen as Best Reads by Oprah Winfrey’s “O” magazine. 

Keith is also a two-time National Magazine Award finalist and the recipient of the Robert Traver Award for angling literature. For years he made a living with his fly rod, writing stories for Field & Stream, where he was the Survival and Outdoor Skills editor. “It was like flying around the world on a broom” he recalls, “only the fly rod was my broom.” 

The Royal Wulff Murders was Keith’s first novel. It received a coveted red star review from Publisher’s Weekly, in addition to recommendations from best-selling authors C.J. Box, Craig Johnson and Henry Winkler, aka Arthur Fonzarelli, aka the Fonz! The novel, a finalist for the High Plains Book Award, was also a Book of the Month Club and Mystery Guild selection. The idea for the novel germinated during a long night in the wilderness while working for Field & Stream. His assignment was to survive a winter night without fire or adequate clothing, and it was during the interminable hours he spent shivering on the snowy breast of a mountain, wrapped in a scrap of tarp, that it dawned on him that there had to be an easier way to make a living.

A wild bird rescue volunteer, Keith lives with his wife and family, and various feathered friends, in Montana.

(compiled from Keith McCafferty’s website)

OBB2021 – Tie-in Programs

All Virtual and all from 6:00-7:30PM unless otherwise stated

February 4, 2021 – Fish of Montana with Professor Tom McMahon – This event has been postponed. We are so sorry for the inconvenience and will get the new date and time posted as soon as possible.

Learn about all of the kinds of fish in Montana from ichthyology professor Tom McMahon! A very photo heavy presentation to take you all across the state in search of known and unknown fish.

Presenter Bio: Tom McMahon received his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees from University of Arizona. He has been working in the ecology department of Montana State University as a fisheries professor since 1990. He and his graduate students conduct applied research to assist in answering questions in fisheries management, and test ecological principles on which fishery management is based.

February 11, 2021 – Basics of Crime Scene Processing with Captain Dustin Lensing

We’ve all seen crime shows on television, but it’s not quite how it happens in real life. Captain Dustin Lensing with the Belgrade Police Department will share some of the basics of real life crime scene processing, bust some myths, and share some differences between processing indoor and outdoor crime scenes.

Dustin’s bio is coming soon.

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February 18, 2021 – Guide’s Guide to Reading the Rivers with Mike Donaldson

How do fishing guides know where and how to choose the spot to fish? Outfitter Mike Donaldson from Gallatin River Guides will walk you through how guides read the rivers. Seasonal changes, what’s hatching and what’s an adult, weather, other river users, and what river you choose all play a part in deciding where to cast your line.

Presenter Bio: Mike Donaldson is the owner and outfitter of Gallatin River Guides located in Big Sky, Montana. His passion for fly fishing started at an early age in Michigan and eventually brought him to Montana to start his career as a professional fishing guide. After 8 years on the water as a fishing guide, he became an outfitter and the owner of Gallatin River Guides, the Montana Fishing Guide School, and the Montana Women’s Fly Fishing School. His experience and knowledge as a professional fly fishing guide have helped him assemble and employ one of the strongest rosters of guides in the industry. When not on the river or in the fly shop he enjoys spending time with his family including his 4-year-old daughter.

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February 23, 2021 – Teen Murder Mystery Event – 5:30-6:45PM

TAG presents Murder by Landscape. Teens ages 12-18 are welcome to participate in this interactive event, themed to an art exhibition similar to the one that takes place during The Royal Wulff Murders. Register to be assigned a character you will portray during the event, revealing (or concealing) clues to determine who among you is a murderer.

March 4, 2021 – History of Angling & Tales of a Traveling Librarian Angler with Special Collections Librarian James Thull

Did you know that the Montana State University Bozeman Library has an archive dedicated to the history of trout and salmonids? Join Special Collections Librarian James Thull to learn more about what’s included in those archives and how to access them. Thull will then share with the audience some of his tales of fishing across six continents!

Presenter Bio: James Thull is the Special Collections Librarian at MSU Bozeman. He works primarily with the libraries Trout and Salmonid collections and efforts. This is a great fit since he is also an avid angler. James started fishing as a child on the rivers and lakes of Northern Wisconsin and has continued to pursue his love of angling through his life. He has fished in over 30 countries and been lucky enough to land fish on six continents. Along the way he has learned a lot about himself, angling, and even had a few adventures with crocodiles and tigers. James is currently working on his dissertation which is study on the motivations and concerns of anglers the world over.

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March 11, 2021 – Revealing the Science Behind Whirling Disease with Leah Elwell

Whirling disease, while it sounds like a carnival ride, was not fun for Montanans or Montana’s rivers. Hear from Leah Elwell of the Invasive Species Action Network in this talk outlining an in depth look at the narrative surrounding this disease, the science behind how it affected our state’s rivers, and an overview of how it’s going today.

Presenter Bio: Leah Elwell has spent many years focused on working to better understand the impacts of invasive species. She is currently the executive director of the Livingston, Montana-based non-profit Invasive Species Action Network. She is passionate about problem-solving and building successful relationships to achieve invasive species management goals. Leah holds degrees from both University of Montana and Montana State University. Her Masters research was focused directly on better understanding the ecological relationships of Myxobolus cerebralis (the parasite that causes whirling disease) and its hosts.

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Kid’s Art with Bozeman Art Museum

Take home art kits provided by Bozeman Art Museum.
Sign up opens March 1, until full. Kits are different for the two age ranges (slightly more difficult project for grades 3-6). Please register for the applicable age range. One kit per child.
Kits available for pickup March 9.
One big virtual show-and-tell of finished works, March 18 – 11:00AM

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Adult Crafternoon – Paint a Royal Wulff with Wendy Marquis

Registration opens March 1, until full. One kit per person. Kits will include paint, brushes, and a reclaimed lumber panel to use as a canvas. Kits available for pickup March 11.

Remaining kits are available for pickup at the library on a first come first serve basis!

Presenter Bio: Born into an artistic family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wendy Marquis grew up exposed to the works of great masters in her home and at her mother’s gallery. She progressed to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and graduated with a BFA from the University of Arizona. Since 2006, after moving to Montana with her husband, two daughters, and assorted dogs, Wendy has grown into a prolific artist, creating canvases in oil, and teaching art classes as well. Her studio and gallery is located in the one hundred year old Belgrade Bank building. 

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March 25, 2021 – Author Event with Keith McCafferty – Register here

Keith McCafferty will give a talk and answer audience questions about his book The Royal Wulff Murders and the rest of the Sean Stranahan series.

Ongoing Book Discussion

Library staff will post a new book discussion question every other week on Instagram and Facebook. Feel free to participate! If you answer a question, or pose one of your own, you’ll get an extra entry in the winter reading prize drawing! No spoilers until March, please!

More Winter Reading prizes coming soon!

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Keith McCafferty books and gift certificates to the store!
2 person 2 hour walk-wade fly fishing trip

2 person full day float/fly trip on the Madison or Yellowstone River

(Most expenses paid and supplies provided: Includes taxes and fees, does not include cost of fishing license)
A few antiquarian items donated from James Thull at the Trout and Salmonid Collection at MSU

One Book Belgrade 2021 Series generously sponsored by Kenyon Noble Lumber and Hardware

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One Book Belgrade 2020

One Book Belgrade 2020

Pick up a copy of the book from the library for a 2-week checkout. All copies must be returned by February 13. These copies will be available as giveaway items on February 20 at the author event (more details below).

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot See, The Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

by Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan is the acclaimed author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Private series, which he writes with James Patterson. Mark has received numerous awards for his writing, including the WHSmith Fresh Talent Award, and his works have been named a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. He grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts, and graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in English before working as a volunteer in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. Upon his return to the United States, he earned a graduate degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and began a career in investigative journalism. An avid skier and adventurer, he lives with his wife in Bozeman, Montana, where he remains grateful for the miracle of every moment.

OBB2020 – Tie-in Programs

January 16, 2020 – 1:00-2:30PM: Adult Art Class with Wendy Marquis Art: Create your own interpretation of the cover of the book Beneath a Scarlet Sky. All supplies provided. Registration closed.

January 16, 2020 – 6:00-7:30PM: Adult Art Class with Wendy Marquis Art: Create your own interpretation of the cover of the book Beneath a Scarlet Sky. All supplies provided. Registration closed.

January 22, 2020 – 6:00-7:30PM: Espionage Adventure Adult Escape Room with Escape Helena – Registration closed.

January 31, 2020 – 2:30-3:30PM: Kids Art Class with Bozeman Art Museum, Grades K-2 – Registration required.

January 31, 2020 – 4:00-5:00PM: Kids Art Class with Bozeman Art Museum, Grades 3-5 – Registration required.

February 6, 2020 – 6:00-7:30PM: Attend an event where you can hear from experts on the book topics including mountaineering (Professor Michael Reidy), espionage fiction (MSU instructor Kelly Lewis), driving (tbd), and WWII Italy History (tbd). Bring your questions for our experts! More information to come.

February 11, 2020 – 5:30-6:45PM: Espionage Adventure Teen Escape Room with Escape Helena. Open to teens ages 12-19 or grades 6-12!

February 20, 2020 – 6:00-7:30PM: Author Event! Mark Sullivan will be at the library to give a short presentation, do a Q&A with the audience, and sign books. Bring your questions for the author and your copies of his books to be signed. The library copies from this series will be available as giveaway items on a first-come, first-serve basis the night of the event. Doors open at 5:00, so get there early if you want a copy. One copy per family.


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