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Kevin Grange presents Wild Rescues

Wyoming-based firefighter, paramedic and author Kevin Grange will present a virtual discussion of his new book, Wild Rescues: A Paramedic’s Extreme Adventures in Yosemite, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. The free event will stream live on Elk River Books’ Facebook page.

Wild Rescues is a fast-paced, firsthand glimpse into the lives of paramedics who work with the National Park Service: a unique brand of park rangers who respond to medical and traumatic emergencies in some of the most isolated and rugged parts of America. Grange vividly recounts his harrowing rescue missions in Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Teton national parks. Between calls, he reflects upon the democratic ideal of the national park’s mission, the beauty of wild spaces, and the many threats facing our public lands.

“Writing at the intersection of medicine and adventure, Grange gives us a fascinating glimpse into rescues that would scare the pants off most of us,” writes Kate Siber, author of National Parks of the USA. “He writes with empathy, intelligence, humor and humanity.”

Grange is the award-winning author of Lights and Sirens: The Education of a Paramedic and Beneath Blossom Rain: Discovering Bhutan on the Toughest Trek in the World. He has written for Journal of Emergency Medical Services, National Parks, Backpacker, Utne Reader, Yoga Journal and the Orange County Register.

To view the event, navigate to Facebook.com/ElkRiverBooks at 7 p.m. on April 22. You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to watch.

Wild Rescues will be available for purchase from Elk River Books before, during and after the event, online at shop.elkriverbooks.com. Signed copies will be available, and Elk River will provide both pickup and delivery options. For more information, send an email to [email protected] or call (406) 333-2330.

Dennis McCarthy’s The Gospel According to Billy the Kid

New Mexico author Dennis McCarthy will present a virtual discussion of his new book, The Gospel According to Billy the Kid, on Thursday, April 8, at 7 p.m. The free event will stream live on Elk River Books’ Facebook page.

In this debut novel, McCarthy offers an alternative history of the legend of the famous gunslinger. A bloody chapter in the early days of New Mexico involving the Lincoln County War and its aftermath is reimagined to give the young outlaw “a second chance to find himself, to find peace, and to finally grow up and out from under the shadow of his own infamy.”

“Both propulsive and poignant, McCarthy’s fresh take on the Billy the Kid legend is both a compelling tale of the old West and an engaging study of one of its most enduring characters,” writes C. Joseph Greaves, author of Hard Twisted: A Novel.

McCarthy, the brother of the best-selling author Cormac McCarthy, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is at work on a second novel. In the past, he has worked as a park ranger, ecologist, speechwriter, editor-in-chief, professor and attorney.

To view the event, navigate to Facebook.com/ElkRiverBooks at 7 p.m. on April 8. You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to watch.

McCarthy’s book will be available for purchase from Elk River Books before, during and after the event – in the store at 120 N. Main, Livingston, and online at shop.elkriverbooks.com. Signed copies will be available, and Elk River will provide both pickup and delivery options. For more information, send an email to [email protected] or call (406) 333-2330.

Jamie Harrison and Malcolm Brooks in conversation

photo by Melanie Maganias Nashan

Montana authors Jamie Harrison and Malcolm Brooks will discuss their new novels, Harrison’s The Center of Everything and Brooks’ Cloudmaker, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16. The free event will stream live at Facebook.com/ElkRiverBooks. A Facebook account is not necessary to watch the discussion.

Harrison, who wrote the award-winning historical novel, The Widow Nash, as well as the acclaimed Blue Deer series of mystery novels set in a fictionalized Livingston, returns home in her latest work:

“For Polly, the small town of Livingston, Montana, is a magical ecosystem of extended family and raw, natural beauty governed by kinship networks that extend back generations. But the summer of 2002 finds Polly at a crossroads. A recent head injury has scattered her perception of the present, bringing to the surface events from thirty years ago and half a country away.”

A New York Times book review called Harrison’s work, “sweeping and richly hued.” Her previous novel, The Widow Nash, was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award and winner of the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association’s Reading the West Award.

photo by Jeremy Lurgio

Following his nationally bestselling debut Painted Horses, Brooks’ Cloudmaker is “a soaring, spirited tale of American ingenuity and optimism inspired by real-life Montana teenagers who built and flew their own airplanes during the Great Depression.”

“Epic in scope, beautifully crafted in its prose, and always — always — adoring of its cast of unforgettable characters, Cloudmaker is a stunner of a novel,” writes Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs. “A book that absolutely soars.”

Both novels will be available for purchase from Elk River Books before, during and after the event – in the store at 120 N. Main, Livingston, and online at shop.elkriverbooks.com. Signed copies will be available, and Elk River will provide both pickup and delivery options. For more information, call (406) 333-2330.

Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals

“A jazzy, freewheeling, rollicking road trip into the beating heart of the Eternal Now.” –Montana Quarterly
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Vagabond Song

“Here is a poet’s road trip, tracing the blue highways with a dazzling prose that keeps us belted in for the fast passage – a firm anchor of raven, woodlands and the fractured moon on the lake at night. We should all take strength from his impressive traverse.”
– Doug Peacock, author of Grizzly Years

From a beer carton full of rain-blurred and spine-broken journals come these tales of the road, trail and barstool. Setting out from a writing cabin outside of Grayling, Michigan, Beaudin casts him thumb into the waters of M-72 — returning to the music of the open road. Inspired by Bashō’s haibun classics such as Narrow Road to the Deep North and Records of a Weather-Exposed Skeleton, these nine movements, with their accompanying interludes and caesurae, span over a decade of traveling the highways and byways of numerous countries both on and off the map. Through all the years and all the trips, the direction is the same: Beyond.

“Beaudin is a cat in his own category of howl & highway hymn. It’s our luck that he’s made a book that will persist in our minds as a classic companion of blue moonways & on-the-road travels with Charlie.” – from the foreword by William Heyen, author of Crazy Horse and the Custers

The book includes cover art and interior sketches by well-known Montana artist Edd Enders.

Click to purchase:
Trade paperback: $15
Limited edition, signed and numbered hardcover: $30

Read more at Marc’s website.

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