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David James Duncan

Award-winning author of The River Why and The Brothers K, David James Duncan will discuss is new novel Sun House in his first ever visit to Elk River Books.

Book cover image of Sun House by David James DuncanAcclaimed Montana author David James Duncan visits Elk River Books on Wednesday, Sept. 6 to read from and discuss his new novel, Sun House, which has been described as his magnum opus by editor and Hachette CEO Michael Pietsh.

In a letter to readers, Pietsh notes, “Sun House takes on some of the biggest topics fiction can engage with: faith, love, death, connecting with other people and the natural world, right living in a corrupted world. Its dramatis personae include restaurateurs, tech workers, nature guides, ranchers, musicians, scholars, actors, bankers, a Jesuit, and a heartbroken farmer, to name only a few. It’s funny, learned, sweet, wide open, and unapologetically hopeful.”

William deBuys, author of The Trail of Kanjiroba, calls it “one of the greatest imaginative achievements I’ve encountered in a lifetime of reading.”

Duncan is the author of the novels The River Why and The Brothers K, the story collection River Teeth, the nonfiction collection and National Book Award finalist, My Story as Told by Water, and the best-selling collection of “churchless sermons,” God Laughs & Plays. His work has won three Pacific Northwest Booksellers Awards, two Pushcart Prizes, a Lannan Fellowship, the Western States Book Award, inclusion in Best American Sports Writing, Best American Catholic Writing, two volumes of Best American Essays, five volumes of Best American Spiritual Writing, an honorary doctorate from University of Portland, the American Library Association’s 2004 Award for the Preservation of Intellectual Freedom (with co-author Wendell Berry), and other honors. David lives on a charming little trout stream in Missoula, Montana, in accord with his late friend Jim Harrison’s advice to finish his life disguised as a creek.

Elk River Books is located at 122 S. 2nd St. in downtown Livingston. The free event begins at 7 p.m., and a book signing and reception will follow.

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