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An Evening with Melissa KwasnySpecial Events :: Misc
An Evening with Melissa Kwasny
7:00 PM
Cassiopeia Books
Cassiopeia Books is so honored & so overjoyed to welcome Montana-based poet & essayist Melissa Kwasny to Great Falls in celebration of her new book, Putting on the Dog: The Animal Origins of What We Wear. Exploring the age-old relationship between humans and animals and how we use animals to make our clothing, Kwasny travels the globe to visit large-scale industrial clothing manufacturers and small community-based, subsistence production by people who have spent their lives working with animals. Along the way, she helps us better understand the people (farmers, ranchers, tanners, weavers, shepherds, artisans) that make our clothing (leather, wool, silk, feathers, fur, pearls), and the animals that provide it.

The cultural history of fashion is staggeringly complex, but with a poet's eye for detail & connection, Kwasny guides us through the topics of animal welfare, worker safety, environmental health, product accountability, and respect for indigenous knowledge & practice - all making the reader more aware, more thoughtful, and more mindful of how we relate to the natural world.

Melissa Kwasny is the author of six award-winning poetry collections, a collection of essays, she co-edited the anthology "I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights", and she was included in the beloved anthology, "Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart". She lives in southwest Montana.

We are so thrilled for this unique event! It is free, it is open to the public, and it is going to be nothing short of illuminating. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your dog, and get a chance to meet one of our state's most treasured authors.
Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Cassiopeia Books
Address: 721 Central Ave Great Falls, Montana 59401
Phone: (406) 315-1515

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