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Author explores Montana's bucket list ideas


The title of the book is “100 Things to Do in Montana Before You Die,” but the authors' speaking appearances are called “101 Things to Do in Montana Before You Die.”

There has to be a bonus if you attend her talk and that opportunity comes on Thursday June 6th.

Susie Wall is at the Mineral County Library, 301 2nd Ave. E. in Superior, to talk about her book and how she chose her 100 or 101 choices for the paperback.

“Viewers will learn a little more about me, the book and my writing process, like how difficult it was to narrow the list down to just 100 things,” she admits. “I'll also share some fun stories from the road and photos from my travels over the past year while researching the book. I really hope everyone who attends goes home with at least one or two new things they want to do in Montana.”

Wall talks about her journalistic past.

“This is my first book, but I have written dozens of articles for print and online publications over the years. Many of these articles focus on travel in Montana and the Northwest, and many have been published in national publications such as Montana Outdoors, Montana Quarterly, and Distinctly Montana. I am also a regular writer for Missoula Valley Lifestyle.”

She was born in Oklahoma and also lived in Florida and Colorado.

“My husband and I moved to Montana in 2007 after looking for a permanent home, and now I can't imagine living anywhere else. We are all so lucky to call Montana our home,” Wall beams.

Bucket list books are fun and interesting reading, but some of the ideas on the lists are simply beyond one's age, budget, and courage. For example: swim at the Great Barrier Reef, visit the new Seven Wonders of the World (what's wrong with the original 7?), or skip the Great Wall of China.

More people might be able to imagine reducing it to what Wall suggests.

“A few years ago, I learned about Reedy Press (my publisher) and their 100 Things to Do Before You Die guidebooks through a travel writer friend of mine. I noticed that Reedy Press had not yet published a guidebook to Montana, and I knew immediately that I was the right writer for the job because exploring Montana is one of my passions,” she said. “Winning this assignment was a dream come true. In turn, I hope to inspire everyone who reads the book – whether they are just visiting or have lived here their whole life – to visit our historic sites, support our small local businesses, and discover the many ways to explore our beautiful landscapes.”

Weather permitting, you will have the opportunity to meet the author and hear her suggestions for 100 or 101 things to do in Big Sky Country on Thursday, June 6 at 2 p.m. on the lawn or in the library itself.

Anna Harden

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