Author and filmmaker Annick Smith will read from her latest book, Crossing the Plains with Bruno, on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at Livingston’s Elk River Books as part of the Elk River Arts & Lectures fall series. The event begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
Smith’s work focuses on the literature and history of the Northern Rockies with books including the memoir Homestead; the Montana anthology The Last Best Place, which she co-edited with William Kittredge; and Big Bluestem, about Oklahoma’s tallgrass prairie. Her articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Audubon, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times, and Story. Her film work includes production credits on A River Runs Through It, Heartland and the public television series The Real People. She is a founding board member of the Sundance Film Institute.
Crossing the Plains with Bruno, charts a journey across the Great Plains with her chocolate lab Bruno, from her rural homestead in Montana to a family beach house overlooking Lake Michigan. It weaves meditations on family history, the West, the value of place, and animal companionship. This new memoir has been compared to Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley and described by Gretel Ehrlich as “a delightful road log and reverie – fascinating, funny, and poignant.”
During her visit, Smith will also work in the classroom with Park High students. The events are made possible in part by a grant from Humanites Montana and co-sponsored by the Murray Hotel.
The free event will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. Elk River Arts & Lectures is a non-profit organization that seeks to bring writers to Livingston for free public readings, and also to provide opportunities for those writers to interact with local public school students. For more information, call 333-2330 or visit elkriverarts.org.