Readings with Janet Fox & Allen Morris Jones

Children’s authors Janet Fox and Allen Morris Jones will discuss their newest books, both with strong local themes, at Livingston’s Elk River Books on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

Fox’s new book, Volcano Dreams: A Story of Yellowstone, “leads readers on a tour of the Yellowstone supervolcano, from the wolves, elk, bears and mountain goats that roam its surface to the fiery depths of its magma chamber. The book knits together the vibrancy of the Yellowstone ecosystem with its explosive history, placing the everyday lives of its creatures within the context of geological time.”

Fox writes award-winning books for children of all ages, including the non-fiction middle grade book, Get Organized Without Losing It, and three young adult historical romances: Faithful, Forgiven, and Sirens. Her middle grade novel, The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness.

With his latest book, Montana for Kids: The Story of our State, Jones turns for the first time to the world of children’s books. An introduction to the history of the state, the book tells stories of the Native Americans, wildlife, railroads, copper barons, vigilantes, rivers and explorers that define Montana’s past.

Jones is the author of the novels A Bloom of Bones and Last Year’s River, and an acclaimed examination of hunting ethics, A Quiet Place of Violence. He is the co-editor, with William Kittredge, of The Best of Montana’s Short Fiction. As an editor, he has overseen the publication of more than 100 titles, most recently for his own imprint, Bangtail Press.

The free event will be held upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.

Peter Bowen’s Solus

Gabriel Du Pré, the Métis fiddle player and Montana lawman created by Peter Bowen, returns in the 15th book of the series, Solus. Bowen will read from and discuss the novel at Livingston’s Elk River Books on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m.

In Solus, Du Pré comes to the aid of a whistleblower, on the run from the henchmen of a billionaire military contractor, while also tracking down an eagle hunter stalking the nearby hills. According to the publisher, Solus is “packed with pulse-pounding suspense, wry humor and the romance of small-town Montana.”

“Peter Bowen does for Montana what Tony Hillerman does for New Mexico,” writes the Midwest Book Review. “Anyone who has not read a Gabriel Du Pré mystery is missing out on something special.”

In addition to his Gabriel Du Pré books, Bowen is the author of four historical novels based on the life of Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly. He is a poet and musician, and has made a living as a cowboy, and a hunting and fishing guide. He has lived most of his life in Montana, mainly in Bozeman and Livingston. He writes, “I intend to live and die in the West, my native land, and write about it. It is what I do.”

The free event will be held upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.

Art Walk book signing with John Heminway

Film-maker and author John Heminway will visit Elk River Books during the art walk on Friday, August 24, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. to sign copies of his new book, In Full Flight: A Story of Africa and Atonement.


The remarkable story of one woman’s search for a new life in Africa in the wake of World War II – a life that sparked a heroic career, but also hid a secret past.

Dr. Anne Spoerry treated hundreds of thousands of people across rural Kenya over the span of fifty years. A member of the renowned Flying Doctors Service, the French-born Spoerry learned how to fly a plane at the age of forty-five and earned herself the cherished nickname, Mama Daktari, “Mother Doctor,” from the people of Kenya. Yet few knew what drove her from post-World War II Europe to Africa. Now, in the first comprehensive account of her life, Dr. Spoerry’s revered selflessness gives way to a past marked by rebellion, submission, and personal decisions that earned her another nickname, this one sinister, working as a “doctor” in a Nazi concentration camp.

In Full Flight explores the question of whether it is possible to rewrite one’s troubled past simply by doing good in the present. Informed by Spoerry’s own journals, a trove of previously untapped files, and numerous interviews with those who knew her in Europe or Africa, John Heminway takes readers on a remarkable journey across a haunting African landscape and into a dramatic life punctuated by both courage and weakness and driven by a powerful need to atone.


JOHN HEMINWAY is an author and award-winning filmmaker who has produced and written more than 200 documentaries on subjects as varied as travel, brain science, evolution, and natural history. He has won two Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and a duPont-Columbia Award. Most recently, he is known for his exposés of the illicit ivory trade. In Full Flight is his sixth book. Heminway lives in Montana.