Journalist-turned-novelist Gwen Florio makes her third visit to Livingston’s Elk River Books to read from and discuss Disgraced, the latest in her series of mysteries featuring the intrepid Lola Wicks, on Tuesday, June 28.
Disgraced, which follows Florio’s earlier books Montana and Dakota, finds former war correspondent Lola Wicks in Yellowstone National Park, following a story of soldier suicides, a near-fatal brawl and a terrorized woman. But she soon realizes that getting the story must take second place to getting herself—and her little girl—out of Wyoming alive.
Craig Johnson, creator of the Walt Longmire mysteries writes, “with the chops of a world-class journalist and an unsurpassed knowledge of the Rocky Mountain West, Gwen Florio weaves a compelling tapestry that combines family saga, social consciousness and human frailty, making Disgraced difficult to put down.”
Florio has covered stories ranging from the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh to the glitz of the Miss America pageant, to the more practical Miss Navajo contest, whose participants slaughter a sheep. She’s reported from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, as well as Lost Springs, Wyoming (population three). Her journalism has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize and her short fiction for the Pushcart Prize.
Florio’s reading will take place at 7 p.m., upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. and will be followed by a book signing and reception. Elk River Books 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.