In Craig's forthcoming seventh novel, due for a May 9, 2017, release, he leaves contemporary Montana and sets a story in western Kentucky, on the banks of the Ohio River, where a newspaperman confronts his biggest story: his own. Carson McCullough has given his career to a singular pursuit—putting out a small daily newspaper that keeps his employees engaged and his hometown informed. But as time and technology conspire against him, Carson’s Argus-Dispatch is shuttered by an owner with a different view of its future. Stung by the abrupt end of his career and burdened by regret and grudges, Carson and his one true companion, a yellow Lab named Hector, set out on a road trip. As the miles pile up and Carson erratically drives into the residue of past decisions and the consequences of current actions, he confronts questions of love, faith, self-worth, and, perhaps most pressing, whether he can redefine himself after his identity is stripped away. With this novel, Craig Lancaster returns to the broad themes of his award-winning work and goes deeper yet, straight into the heart and mind of a good man who has lost his way and is struggling against himself to set things right. Pre-order a signed hardcover copy.
As the capstone to his time teaching an honors fiction course at Montana State University Billings, Craig delivered a lecture in celebration of public education and detailing his own strange journey through it. Read it here.