by nathan oster
The Greybull Public Library will host a reception and book-signing event featuring local author Mary Budd Flitner on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m., with a reading scheduled for 5 p.m.
Flitner, who ranches near Shell with her husband Stan, didn’t set out to write a book, but “My Ranch, Too: A Wyoming Memoir” is sure to be an enjoyable read for longtime area residents, who will likely recognize many of the people, places and events described in its 211 pages.
The book has been described as “an absorbing memoir of life in the Wyoming High Country” in which Flitner “offers a more authentic glimpse into the daily realities of ranch life and what it takes to survive in the ranching world.”
Flitner said she wrote the book from diaries and ranch journals she’s kept since the 1970s — “a lot about weather and local events and friends, the cattle market, school news. I used a lot of reference too, from my childhood on a southwest Wyoming ranch and livestock work and family histories.”
Flitner has had articles published in High Country News and in Wyoming and Montana newspapers, including the Greybull Standard.
Initially she wrote for fun, she said. But then she took some “how-to” classes, one of which was “The Writer’s Year-Long Pilgrimage” by author Teresa Jordan.
“Eventually I put together a manuscript which I submitted to the University of Oklahoma,they accepted it and away we went,” she recalls, adding that the process of reviewing and revising was “enormously time consuming.”
The finished product includes a foreward written by Jordan.
“In the end,” Flitner said, “I’m just thrilled to have it in print and I’ll be especially pleased if people who understand ranching and the area like it. I don’t think it’s all about ranching, but as much about human nature.”
The book signing and reception will be hosted by the Friends of the Greybull Library.
Drinks and light hors d’ouevres will be served.