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 ElkRiverBooks.com 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 UnearthingParadise.org.