Elk River Books, the Wheatgrass Saloon and Mustang Kitchen will celebrate their move to Main Street with a series of events on Thursday, May 22. Mustang will start the evening with a reception and hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 7 p.m. at their new storefront, 112 N. Main St. Then Elk River Books and Wheatgrass will host a reading from the new Elk River Books Anthology (published by Bangtail Press) starting at 7 p.m. in their new space at 120 N. Main.
Bangtail Press editor Allen Jones has published the anthology as part of a trilogy in partnership with The Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, and Missoula’s Fact & Fiction. The three volumes taken together, he says, are a comprehensive guide to Montana authors. “Bookstores and writers. Writers and bookstores,” Jones writes in his introduction. “With the blessing of three Montana bookstores, Bangtail has assembled these anthologies with the intent of drawing attention to the vibrant health of Montana’s letters, twisting a spotlight onto the manner in which independent bookstores sponsor local authors, and how authors in turn support their bookstores.”
More than a dozen authors will be reading on May 22, including novelist Peter Bowen, Montana Poet Laureate Tami Haaland, historian John Taliaferro, famed ghostwriter and journalist Maryanne Vollers, Montana Quarterly editor Scott McMillion, Billings author Craig Lancaster, and Livingston writers Amanda Fortini and Elise Atchison. The anthology also includes work from Tom McGuane, Tom McNamee, Jim Harrison, Doug Peacock, John Holt, E. Donnell Thomas Jr., Seabring Davis, and Elk River Books proprietors Marc Beaudin and Andrea Peacock, among many others.
Elk River Books opened its doors on Callender Street in 2011, but quickly outgrew the space. When Beaudin and Wheatgrass Saloon proprietor Lisa Snow married last year, they decided to invest in downtown Livingston by buying a building where the two businesses could grow. Wheatgrass will continue to offer freshly made juices, smoothies and lunch bowls, while Elk River Books will greatly expand its collection of books and related merchandise.
These events are free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the reading. For more information, call Elk River Books at their new phone number: 333-2330.