Maile Meloy

Time and Location

Date: Monday, November 14, 2016
Time: 6 PM
Place: Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies

A reception will precede the talk at 5:15 PM in the museum lobby.

A book-signing will follow the talk.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Burton K. Wheeler Center for Public Policy.


Maile Meloy will talk about how growing up in Montana has shaped her writing, and will read the beginning of a short story set in Montana and talk about the process of writing it. 

About the speaker

Maile Meloy (pronounced “my-lee”) was born and raised in Helena, Montana, and now lives in Los Angeles.

The independent feature film “Certain Women,” now in theaters and starring Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Kristen Stewert, is based on one of Meloy’s short stories.

Her most recent short story collection, Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, was named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times. She is also the author of the story collection Half in Love, the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, and the Apothecary trilogy of novels for young readers.    

Her fiction has won The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award, the E.B. White Award, and the Rosenthal Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. Her short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta, and her essays in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Slate, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her new novel for adults will be published in June 2017.