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Dave Carty’s “Leaves on Frozen Ground”


Bozeman author Dave Carty will read from his debut novel, Leaves on Frozen Ground, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, upstairs at Elk River Books in Livingston.

Carty, who has been writing articles about life in the West for more than 30 years, sets this tale of wild love and loss in northern Wisconsin: “Céline Vaillancourt saw the untamed forest in shades of apprehension. But Edmund, her 11-year-old son, was possessed of a different vision, as though he had put the very same brooding colors together and produced a painting shot through with adventure and the light of discovery. … His dog and the wild country beyond their orchard owned his heart. But now it was December, and cold. And neither dog nor boy were paying attention.”

Livingston writer Toby Thompson says of the book, “In Leaves on Frozen Ground, Dave Carty creates a fictional world that resonates with passion, sadness, and unexpected loss. His depictions of nature, family, and small-town life don’t just ring true, but are rendered in flawless prose and with a mastery of scenic construction that leave the reader tearfully in awe. I can’t wait to read Carty’s next novel. He’s a budding master of the form.”

The free event will take place 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.

Holiday Stroll book signing: Lorna Milne

Helena author Lorna Milne will visit Livingston’s Elk River Books during the downtown Holiday Stroll to sign copies of her new biography, Evelyn Cameron: Photographer on the Western Prairie, on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The biography uses diaries and letters to reconstruct Cameron’s life in the harsh Eastern Montana landscape and show how she became an acclaimed photographer of the people and scenes of the pioneer West. It was selected by the Montana Center for the Book for the National Book Festival’s “52 Great Reads” list.

A review in the Lively Times notes that although writing for a young adult audience, “Milne doesn’t dumb down the language. [Rather,] she uses parenthetical notes to explain arcane tidbits that might not be familiar to present day readers.”

Milne has published essays and short stories in periodicals such as Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, Walking, Orion, Highlights for Children and The Sun. She is a University of Montana journalism graduate who teaches writing and literature at Carroll College. She grew up in Eastern Montana, near the Cameron homestead. This is her first biography.

Elk River Books, a member of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America, specializes in collectible outdoor, regional and Western history books, and provides a lively venue for southwest Montana’s unique literary community. For more information, call 333-2330.

Russell Rowland’s Cold Country

Livingston’s Elk River Books will hold the book release event for Russell Rowland’s new murder mystery, Cold Country, on Thursday, Nov. 14. The free reading and discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the bookstore’s upstairs event room, and will include a book signing and reception.

Set in Montana during the late 1960s, Cold Country finds Paradise Valley torn apart with wild accusations and dark secrets following the murder of popular rancher and notorious bachelor Tom Butcher.

According to Kirkus Reviews, “The mystery of who’s offed Tom and why becomes the engine of the novel but not its subject or reason for being: This is a love letter to the small-town, rough-and-tumble, fisticuff-heavy ranch life of 50 years ago. Rowland’s interest in the murder plot is mainly as a way to explore a subject that cozy mysteries generally gloss over: How do you live in a community where neighbors have no choice but to stay in close contact, to trust and rely upon each other, when you know that one of those neighbors must be a killer who’s hiding in plain sight?”

Rowland is the author of five novels, including In Open Spaces and Arbuckle, as well as the critically acclaimed nonfiction collection, Fifty-Six Counties, about his travels to every county in Montana. He also hosts a radio show, also called “Fifty-Six Counties,” on Montana Public Radio. He lives in Billings.

Elk River Books, a member of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America, specializes in collectible outdoor, regional and Western history books, and provides a lively venue for southwest Montana’s unique literary community. For more information, call 333-2330.

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