Elk River Books publishes occasional titles as projects close to our hearts arise. At this time, we are not able to accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Newest Title:

Unearthing Paradise

Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone

Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone

“The most important book you’ll buy this year, or maybe any other, Unearthing Paradise, is not only a call to action, it’s a beauty in its own right. Calling together so many of Montana’s writers, how could it not be? Get it, pass it around, spread the word, let Unearthing Paradise be an awakening, not a swan song.” –Pete Fromm, author of If Not for This and Indian Creek Chronicles

Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone is an effort to raise awareness and inspire activism regarding the need to protect wild lands of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem from extractive and destructive threats. Profits will be used, in part, to assist environmental organizations in their efforts to protect these lands. The project grew out of local efforts in Park County, Montana to stop two gold mining proposals at the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park, and includes poetry, essay and fiction by 30 Montana writers including Rick Bass, Tami Haaland and the late Jim Harrison. The book’s editors are Marc Beaudin, Seabring Davis and Max Hjortsberg. Terry Tempest Williams provides the foreword.

“When multinational companies aspire to tear through one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world for the sake of the gold underneath, the only civilized response is outrage. And if you’re a writer, an artist, the most natural corollary to outrage is creation. Building something beautiful in the face of a prospect that is unspeakably ugly. With Unearthing Paradise, some of the best writers in the Rocky Mountain West come together to speak against the possibility of gold mines in Montana’s Paradise Valley and the border of Yellowstone National Park. An urgent and compelling call to arms as well as a significant work of art in its own right, Unearthing Paradise is a must read for anyone who cares about Montana, about the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, or the simple justice of preserving an invaluable public resource against private exploitation.” –Allen Morris Jones, author of A Bloom of Bones and A Quiet Place of Violence.

For more about this project and to join the fight for Paradise Valley and beyond, visit

Past Title:

Vagabond Song

Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals

Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals by Marc Beaudin

“Here is a poet’s road trip, tracing the blue highways with a dazzling prose that keeps us belted in for the fast passage – a firm anchor of raven, woodlands and the fractured moon on the lake at night. We should all take strength from his impressive traverse.”
Doug Peacock, author of Grizzly Years

From a beer carton full of rain-blurred and spine-broken journals come these tales of the road, trail and barstool. Setting out from a writing cabin outside of Grayling, Michigan, Beaudin casts him thumb into the waters of M-72 — returning to the music of the open road. Inspired by Bashō’s haibun classics such as Narrow Road to the Deep North and Records of a Weather-Exposed Skeleton, these nine movements, with their accompanying interludes and caesurae, span over a decade of traveling the highways and byways of numerous countries both on and off the map. Through all the years and all the trips, the direction is the same: Beyond.

“A jazzy, freewheeling, rollicking road trip into the beating heart of the Eternal Now. Hop in and enjoy the ride.” –Montana Quarterly

More details at the author’s website,

Related Titles:

Below is information on other books related to our store as well as those by the Elk River Books family, Andrea and Doug Peacock and Marc Beaudin.

Elk River Books Reader
An Elk River Books Reader: Livingston and Billings Area Writers from Bangtail Press, 2014.

Books by Andrea Peacock including Libby Montana, Wasting Libby, In the Presence of Grizzlies and The Essential Grizzly

Books by Doug Peacock including Baja!, Grizzly Years, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth, Peacock’s War (DVD), Walking It Off, In the Presence of Grizzlies and The Essential Grizzly

Books by Marc Beaudin including The Moon Cracks Open, Vagabond Song, A Handful of Dust and Jihad bil Qalam – To Strive by Means of the Pen

Posters from Elk River Books events created by Marc Beaudin