Janet Fox’s books for young readers continue to garner awards and recognition. Her first novel, Faithful, set in Yellowstone National Park in 1904, was nominated for a Young Adult Library Services Association award, as well as an Amelia Bloomer List pick in 2011. Forgiven, with the 1906 San Francisco earthquake as a backdrop, was a Junior Library Guild selection 2011, and a 2012 Willa Cather Literary Awards finalist.
Her latest book for middle grade readers, The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, is set in “an ancient, crumbling manor on the misty Scottish highlands” during World War II. Rookskill has earned a laundry list of honors, including being named to the Booklist Top Ten for Fantasy/Horror, as a Junior Library Guild Selection, and an ALA Notable Books Nominee.
In his latest book Parrett, a philosophy and literature professor, departs from his previous work on Montana history (Montana Then and Now, Montana Americana Music and Literary Butte), and turns to short fiction. But his latest, Maple and Lead, is notable for another reason: It’s hand-printed on Parrett’s vintage C&P treadle press, with wooden type he found in White Sulfur Springs.
“This is the way it would have been done in the 1860s,” Parrett said in an interview with the Helena Independent Record. “It’s quite an undertaking to handset type for a book. This is not a commercial enterprise. It’s an art.”
The free event lasts from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston. For more information, call 333-2330.