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Debra Magpie Earling

The Lost Journals of Sacajewea

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | FREE!

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art

1400 1st Avenue North

Celebrated writer Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red, will visit Paris Gibson Museum of Art for an official Book Reading, Discussion and Signing of her new novel, The Lost Journals of Sacajewea. Written in lyrical, dreamlike prose, The Lost Journals of Sacajewea is an astonishing work of art and a powerful tale of perseverance—the Indigenous woman’s story that hasn’t been told.

The new novel’s beginnings were featured in a collaborative work with artist and fine art printer Peter Koch, whose retrospective exhibition Peter Koch: The Book as a Work of Art was featured at The Square in summer of 2022.

Debra Magpie Earling is the author of the novels Perma Red and The Lost Journals of Sacajewea. She is the recipient of the Montana Governor’s Arts Award and has received both a Guggenheim and NEA fellowship. She is Bitterroot Salish. The Lost Journals of Sacajewea and Perma Red are published by Milkweed Editions.

Purchase your copies of Perma Red and The Lost Journals of Sacajewea in The Square’s Gift Shop!

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art supports equal access opportunities in the Arts and Humanities.

Originally, The Lost Journals of Sacajewea (2010) was created with Debra Magpie Earling and Peter Koch, and was featured in 2022's exhibition at The Square, Peter Koch: The Book as a Work of Art. The Lost Journals "brings together a critically important text by author Debra Magpie Earling and unusually intense photo-interventions by one of the most creative master printers and book artists in the United States, Peter Rutledge Koch.

"A profoundly collaborative work, the book unites fine letterpress printing and hand paper-making with experimental digital imaging technology and continues Koch’s tradition of exemplary book design. The Lost Journals belongs right next to Koch’s Diogenes Defictions, (1994), Zebra Noise (1998) and Watermark (2006) as examples of his finest work. The “journal” by Earling, novelist and professor at the University of Montana, is a prime example of the concentrated poetic vision that garnered her first book, Perma Red, the Western Writers Association Spur Award for Best Novel of the West". - Roberto G. Trujillo, Frances & Charles Field Curator of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries

Learn more about Peter Koch's exhibition at The Square here.

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Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art

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Great Falls, MT 59401

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