Creek & River Writers Night: Charlotte McGuinn Freeman and Alan Kesselheim

The free reading series, Creek & River Writers Night continues with Charlotte McGuinn Freeman and Alan Kesselheim on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at Pine Creek Lodge, 2496 East River Road, eleven miles south of Livingston.

Freeman is the author of Place Last Seen and frequent contributor to numerous journals and online publications including Big Sky Journal, Montana Quarterly and Bookslut.

Kesselheim is a journalist, outdoor enthusiast and author of eleven books, including Montana: Real Place, Real People and Let Them Paddle: Coming of Age on the Water.

Dinner menu and beer & wine bar are available. Reservations aren’t necessary, but it’s recommended to arrive early to get a good table. For directions, call Pine Creek at 222-3628.

Creek & River Writers Night: Scott McMillion

The Creek & River Writers Night at Pine Creek Lodge, co-hosted by Elk River Books, continues on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. with a reading by author and editor Scott McMillion.

McMillion has been an award-winning journalist and author for more than 20 years. He is the author of Mark of the Grizzly, now in a new revised and updated edition, and has been senior editor of the critically acclaimed Montana Quarterly for the past six years. His website is

The Creek & River Writers Night is held every fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information and directions, visit Pine Creek Lodge.

Elk River Books releases Montana anthology

Unearthing Paradise

Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone

In conjunction with recent widespread efforts to prevent destructive gold mining at the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park, Elk River Books will celebrate the release of its second title, Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone, with a free reading by anthology contributors on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m.

Deemed by Pete Fromm, author of If Not for This, as “the most important book you’ll buy this year,” Unearthing Paradise is an effort to raise awareness and inspire activism to protect the wild lands of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from gold mining and other destructive threats. The book includes poetry, essays and fiction by 32 Montana writers including Rick Bass, Tami Haaland, Doug Peacock and the late Jim Harrison. The book’s editors are Marc Beaudin, Seabring Davis and Max Hjortsberg. Terry Tempest Williams provides the foreword.

David James Duncan, author of My Story as Told by Water, calls the book “a treasure trove of courage and heart by the blessed rabble who inhabit and love the valley it was no stretch to name Paradise.”

Contributors who will read at the event include novelists Elise Atchison, William Hjortsberg and Russell Rowland; essayists John Clayton, Seabring Davis, Brant Oswald and Todd Wilkinson; and poets Marc Beaudin, Frank Carter, Dave Caserio, Michael Earl Craig, Tami Haaland, Greg Keeler, Max Hjortsberg and Ilona Popper.

The event will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St., and will be followed by a book signing and reception.

The book is available online at and at select independent Montana bookstores. A portion of all sales goes directly to Park County Environmental Council for use in their efforts to protect Paradise Valley. For more information, call 333-2330 or visit

Creek & River Writers Night: Storrs Bishop

The Creek & River Writers Night at Pine Creek Lodge, co-hosted by Elk River Books, continues on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. with a reading by Livingston multi-media artist Storrs Bishop.

Bishop is a fixture on the local art scene with his photo constructions depicting local architecture and rural scenes. He is currently working on a magical realism story to be published as a limited edition, handmade artist’s book.

The Creek & River Writers Night is held every fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information and directions, visit Pine Creek Lodge.

WSE Holiday Farmers Market

Elk River Books will have a booth at the Western Sustainability Exchange Holiday Farmers Market on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Livingston Civic Center, 229 River Drive.

We’ll have a great selection of gift ideas including cards, journals, calendars and, of course, books. New books by regional authors, kids books, signed and collectible books and more. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

Holiday Stroll Book Signings

Elk River Books joins the annual downtown Livingston Holiday Stroll with husband and wife book signings by Craig Lancaster and Elisa Lorello on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Lancaster is the author of Edward Unspooled, the third installment of the best-selling trilogy that includes 600 Hours of Edward and Edward Adrift. This novel follows the title hero, Edward Stanton, as he navigates the perils of marriage, friendship and a long-buried family secret while writing letters to his unborn child.

Lorello’s latest book is The Second First Time, which follows two novelists on a Phoenix to Tacoma road trip attempting to repair their failed attempt at love. Lorello is the author of seven novels, including the bestselling Faking It, and one memoir. She has been featured in the Charlotte Observer and the Raleigh News & Observer and was a guest speaker at the Triangle Association of Freelancers 2012 and 2014 Write Now! conferences.

Elk River Books specializes in collectible outdoor, regional and Western history books, and provides a lively venue for southwest Montana’s unique literary community. For more information, call 333-2330.