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Craig Lancaster’s Julep Street


Billings novelist Craig Lancaster returns to Livingston’s Elk River Books on Thursday, November 16, to read from and sign copies of his seventh novel, Julep Street.

Called “brutal, sharply funny and full of gorgeous light” by Louise Beech, author of How to Be Brave, Lancaster’s Julep Street follows the dissolution of the small-town newspaper through the desperate exploits of Carson McCullough, an editor who finds himself and his world rendered obsolete by the technology and market forces that have redefined the concept of media.

“Like only the finest novels, it manages to be both heartbreaking and hilarious, and often within the same paragraph,” writes Allen Morris Jones, author of A Bloom of Bones.

Lancaster is the author of the High Plains Book Award-winning novel 600 Hours of Edward and its sequel, Edward Adrift, which prompted journalist David Crisp to name Lancaster as “one of Montana’s most important writers.” Other novels include The Summer Son, The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter and This Is What I Want.

The free event begins at 7 p.m. upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.

Bernard Quetchenbach’s Accidental Gravity


MSU-Billings professor, poet and essayist Bernard Quetchenbach brings his collection of nature writing to Livingston’s Elk River Books on Thursday, November 2.

Accidental Gravity: Residents, Travelers, and the Landscape of Memory moves from Upstate New York to the Western United States; from golf-course geese in the suburban East to the wild lands of the Greater Yellowstone area, engaging with the realities of wildfire, invasive species and ever-increasing numbers of tourists in the context of climate change.

“Accidental Gravity represents an important contribution to American nature writing,” writes Sydney Landon Plum, author of Solitary Goose. “Quetchenbach’s wonderfully crafted essays are a lyric nudge in a new direction. The genre has for too long been constrained such that only the voices of those rooted in a specific place have been heard and canonized. This has silenced or marginalized at least one generation of contemporary writers who, due to the socioeconomic trends of late 20th century America, have never been able to put down roots in one, dear place. This collection boldly opens the door for an insurgence.”

The free event begins at 7 p.m. upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.

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