Reading and book signing with MSU Western Writer-in-Residence Rick Bass
- Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 6:00pm
- Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St., Livingston
Elk River Books will celebrate its fifth year of bringing quality used books and distinctive author events to Livingston by returning to its origins with a free reading and book signing by Rick Bass, who also read for the store’s inaugural event back in 2011. The party takes place on Wednesday, May 25, beginning at 6 PM in the store’s upstairs event room at 120 N. Main St. and is co-sponsored by the Montana State University College of Letters and Science and the Department of English.
Bass is the author of nearly 30 books on environmental essays, novels and short fiction including The Book of Yaak, The Lives of Rocks and All the Land that Holds Us. He has received O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His latest collection of short stories, For a Little While, has been described as “glorious, extraordinary, heartbreaking and transcendent” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Each story is a complete hijacking of the reader’s senses,” says best-selling author Carl Hiaasen, “accomplished with a raw and splendid subtlety.”
In addition to Bass’ reading, Elk River Books will take a moment to honor the distinctive literary career of Livingston’s own Richard S. Wheeler. In his nearly forty years as a novelist, Wheeler has published over 70 books and garnered six Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in Western literature.
During the event Elk River Books will offer door prizes and a raffle for a brand new Electra Cruiser bicycle provided by Timber Trails. Refreshments and a champagne toast will be served.
Elk River Books is a collaboration by Marc Beaudin, a poet and author of Vagabond Song and When the Moon Cracks Open, and Andrea Peacock, a journalist and author of Libby, Montana and The Essential Grizzly (with her husband and Marc’s cousin, Doug Peacock). In addition to maintaining a curated collection of fine used and rare books, they strive to provide a community gathering place where writers and readers can jointly celebrate and support literature. During their five years in business, they have hosted readings with over 160 authors including Jim Harrison, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, Carl Hiaasen, Tom McGuane, Annick Smith, Pam Houston and Henry Real Bird as well as numerous emerging writers. For more information, call 333-2330.
Free and open to the public