Author, editor and renowned Steinbeck scholar Robert DeMott will discuss his revised and updated collection, Conversations with Jim Harrison, on Thursday, August 15, at Livingston’s Elk River Books. The free reading and book signing will begin at 7 p.m. in the bookstore’s upstairs event room.
According to the publisher, “Conversations with Jim Harrison offers a judicious selection of interviews spanning the writing career of Jim Harrison (1937-2016) from its beginnings in the 1960s to the last interview he gave weeks before his death in March 2016. He worked in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and screenwriting, and he published more than forty books that attracted an international following. These interviews supply a lively narrative of his progress as a major contemporary American author.”
Harrison lived and wrote for a part of each year just south of Livingston in Paradise Valley. He and DeMott, both lovers of literature and outdoor sports, maintained a 20-year friendship.
DeMott is the Edwin and Ruth Kennedy Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Ohio University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Steinbeck including Steinbeck’s Typewriter, an award-winning collection of critical essays. Additionally, he has provided introductions for several Penguin Classics editions of Steinbeck’s novels. As a fly fishing aficionado, he has written numerous articles for Trout, Yale Angler’s Journal, Gray’s Sporting Journal, American Angler and other publications, and is the editor of Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing, and the author of the fly fishing memoir Angling Days.
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.