Susan Bernardin organizes opening night event for Western Literature Association annual conference

Susan Bernardin (English; Chair, WGS), organized the opening night event of the Western Literature Association’s annual conference in Big Sky, Montana, held October 21-24. After screening the film Winter in the Blood, Bernardin moderated a conversation with the filmmakers, Andrew and Alex Smith, Blackfeet/Nez Perce actress Lily Gladstone, and Lois Welch, wife of the late author James Welch (Blackfeet/Gros Ventre) whose iconic 1974 Montana-based novel Winter in the Blood influenced the work of major contemporary Native writers Sherman Alexie (a producer of the film) and Louise Erdrich. In addition, Bernardin chaired a Roundtable featuring the Smith brothers and several Native film scholars, chaired a panel on Native American literature and art, and did a stage interview with Blackfeet writer Stephen Graham Jones for one of the Conference’s other keynote events.