Thursday, August 17, 2023 | 5 PM Reception and 6 PM Presentation
Using resources from the Billings Public Library archives, Library Director Gavin Woltjer presents Will James: The Consummate Storyteller. Over the course of several decades, James—artist, storyteller, writer, and cattle rustler—invented a new persona for himself, evolved this persona, and used it to separate himself from his past to tell his stories and share his art. The evidence for this claim rests in James’ signature.
Gavin J. Woltjer is the Library Director for the Billings (MT) Public Library. When not held hostage in a good book, he enjoys exploring the wilds of Montana with his wife, Rena, and their three children. His research interests include: data analytics; library leadership; economic development and libraries; archives and record management; and, librarian as a public historian. He has served as the president of the Montana Library Association, and chaired the Intellectual Freedom Committee for the state of Montana from 2018-2021. He is currently the president of the Pacific Northwest Library Association. He holds an MLIS from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s in literature from the University of South Dakota, a master’s in political communications from the University of South Dakota, and graduated from the Harvard Leadership Institute in 2016.