Author, editor and publisher Allen Morris Jones will visit Livingston’s Elk River Books for a free reading and discussion of latest novel, A Bloom of Bones, on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.
The novel, described as a “genre-subverting literary mystery,” concerns the relationship between Eli, a rancher and poet in eastern Montana who sees his life upended when a long-buried corpse erodes out of a hillside on his property, and Chloe, a New York literary agent whom Eli is falling in love with. The book’s publisher notes that, “in the tradition of such classic western writers as Thomas McGuane, James Lee Burke, Ivan Doig and Jim Harrison, A Bloom of Bones is a poignant and moving exploration of family, community and the echoing ramifications of violence across generations.”
“A Bloom of Bones is simply riveting,” writes Mark Spragg, author of Where Rivers Change Direction. “Always lyrical, often wise, filled with vitality and the promise that love and loyalty can surmount the darkness in our lives.”
Jones is the author the novel Last Year’s River and A Quiet Place of Violence, a highly-regarded examination of the ethics of hunting, and co-editor, with William Kittredge, of The Best of Montana’s Short Fiction. He has published numerous articles, essays, short stories, and poems across a wide variety of publications. As an editor, he has overseen the acquisition and development of more than 100 titles, most recently for his own imprint, Bangtail Press. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Big Sky Journal.
The event will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St., and will be followed by a book signing and reception. 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.