Bill Clinton had Hope; Brad Tyer has Opportunity. As in Opportunity, Montana, the real-life town that's the setting for former Texas journalist Tyer's nonfiction debut. Part memoir, part exposé, Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape chronicles the pollution, abandonment, half-hearted reclamation and repeated pollution of the Clark Fork River. Tyer masterfully creates parallels between the emotional geography of family dysfunction, the ironically named small town that has been unlucky enough to be at the center of the poisoning and the decay of the American Dream. Tyer previously worked with the Houston Press, the Houston Chronicle, The Texas Observer and Texas Monthly.
Thu., April 11, 7 p.m., 2013