Elk River Books will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a party and repeat performance from its grand opening, hosting author Rick Bass for a reading of his latest work on Wednesday, May 25.
Bass is the author of nearly 30 books of environmental essays, novels and short fiction. He has received O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. His latest collection of short stories, For a Little While, has been described as “glorious, extraordinary, heartbreaking and transcendent” by the San Francisco Chronicle.
The evening’s program will also include a segment honoring the distinctive literary career of Livingston’s own Richard S. Wheeler. In his nearly 40 years as a novelist, Wheeler has published more than 70 books, garnering six Spur Awards and the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in Western literature.
As a special thank you to their customers, Elk River Books will hold a drawing for a brand new Electra Cruiser bicycle from Timber Trails: Everyone who comes to the party will get a free ticket for the drawing, and additional tickets for every $10 spent that evening. The celebration will also feature refreshments and a champagne toast.
In addition to maintaining a curated collection of fine used and rare books, Elk River Books strives to provide a community gathering place where writers and readers can jointly celebrate and support literature. During the last five years, Elk River Books has hosted more than 160 authors including Jim Harrison, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, Carl Hiaasen, Tom McGuane, Pam Houston and Henry Real Bird, as well as numerous emerging writers.
Bookstore co-owners, poet Marc Beaudin and journalist Andrea Peacock, are also the organizing force behind the nonprofit Elk River Arts and Lectures, which sponsors author visits to Park High School classrooms.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the festivities beginning at 7 p.m. in the store’s upstairs event room at 120 N. Main St. and is co-sponsored by the Montana State University College of Letters and Science, Department of English. For more information, call 333-2330.