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Missoula novelist to give reading at UMW

The University of Montana Western welcomes Missoula novelist Kim Zupan to campus Feb. 19 as part of the Dances with Words visiting author series.

Zupan will give a reading from his novel “The Ploughmen” at 7:30 p.m. at The Cup, which is located in UMW’s Swysgood Technology Center. The reading is free and open to the public.

Zupan is a Montana native who grew up in and around Great Falls, Mont. For 25 years, he worked as a carpenter while pursuing his writing. He also worked as a smelterman, pro rodeo bareback rider, ranch hand, and an Alaska salmon fisherman, and he now teaches carpentry at Missoula College. He earned his master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Montana.

His first novel “The Ploughmen” was published in 2014 by Macmillan Publishers. The novel focuses on two men – one a killer awaiting and the other a troubled young deputy – and the relationship they build while the deputy Valentine Millimaki works the night shift after the accused murderer John Gload is arrested.

“The Ploughmen” was recognized by NPR as the “Best Book of 2014.”