Friday, May 20th
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Join author Ryan Busse and Whitefish Review editor Brian Schott in a conversation about creating positive change and an exploration of the political radicalization in America.
6:00-7:30 pm: Cocktails and music
7:30-8:30 pm: Conversation, author reading, Q&A
8:30-9:30 pm: Author book signing
Busse’s new book Gunfight: My Battle Against the Industry that Radicalized America, explores our country’s fascination with guns and power that has created a new framework in our modern existence.
As an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and conservationist—all things that the firearms industry was built on—Ryan Busse chased a childhood dream and built a successful career selling millions of firearms for one of America’s most popular gun companies. But blinded by the promise of massive profits, the gun industry abandoned its self-imposed decency in favor of sowing fear and irreparable division in our politics and society. That drove Busse to end his 30-year career in the industry and to commit to changing our country for the better. Gunfight recounts his personal transformation and offers a valuable perspective on the state of our nation.
About the Author
Ryan Busse is a former firearms executive who helped build one of the world’s most iconic gun companies and was nominated multiple times by industry colleagues for the prestigious Shooting Industry Person of The Year Award. Busse is an environmental advocate who served in many leadership roles for conservation organizations, including as an advisor for the United States Senate Sportsmen’s Caucus and the Biden Presidential Campaign. He remains a proud outdoorsman, gun owner, father, and resident of Montana.
About Whitefish Review
Brian Schott founded the art and literary journal, Whitefish Review in 2007. In addition to fiction, essays, poetry, art, and photography, the journal has featured interviews with Tom Brokaw, John Irving, Michael Keaton, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Joyce Carol Oates, Terry Tempest Williams, and many others. Whitefish Review explores the landscapes of the human condition, our connection to the natural world, and illuminates how the confluence of art and science, alongside the complex issues of our planet and people, is vital for the health of all beings.