Master storyteller and author of the classic Montana 1948, Larry Watson, will read from his new novel, As Good as Gone. In this stirring new novel, protagonist Calvin Sidey is a cowboy of the old-school, no-guff sort — steely, hardened, with his own personal code. It's the 1960s, and he's living off the grid in a stifling trailer on the prairie when his adult son, Bill, seeks his help. Calvin reluctantly agrees to go stay with his grandchildren for a week, back in the small town where he once was a mythic figure. When problems arise, he finds that the Old West way, in which scores are settled, ultimatums are issued, and your gun is always loaded, doesn’t work anymore and he has to find a different way to protect his family.
Larry Watson grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and received his BA and MA from the University of North Dakota and his PhD in creative writing at the University of Utah. He is the author of the novels Let Him Go, Montana 1948, American Boy, In a Dark Time, White Crosses, Laura, Orchard, and Sundown, Yellow Moon; the fiction collection Justice; and the chapbook of poetry Leaving Dakota. He lives in Milwaukee, WI.