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Norman Maclean Festival returns to Missoula

Posted at 9:37 PM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 23:39:23-04

The Norman Maclean Festival is back in Missoula and this year the theme is all about showcasing writers who were inspired by the River Runs Through it author.

The three day festival kicked off Friday in the Seeley Swan area where people toured Norman's home and his favorite fishing spots on the Blackfoot.

The rest of the event will be filled with authors whose work was inspired by Maclean and will feature some authors who turned their books into movies, like Maclean's A River Runs Through It.

Screenwriter Mark Smith, who created the screen adaptation of The Revenant, will close out the festival on Sunday with the author of the book, Michael Punke.

The two will talk about turning a hit book into a blockbuster movie.

It's a great opportunity for people from around the world to learn a little bit about Maclean, but is also a great chance for writers in Missoula to learn about the process of writing a book or screenplay.

"Missoula's known as a writing community. The university has a fantastic creative writing program. They have a strong media arts program for filmmakers, and I think that intersection is great for this festival and what they might find at this festival," Maclean Days coordinator Jenny Rohrer said.

Click here to learn more about the festival.