Children’s authors Janet Fox and Allen Morris Jones will discuss their newest books, both with strong local themes, at Livingston’s Elk River Books on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.
Fox’s new book, Volcano Dreams: A Story of Yellowstone, “leads readers on a tour of the Yellowstone supervolcano, from the wolves, elk, bears and mountain goats that roam its surface to the fiery depths of its magma chamber. The book knits together the vibrancy of the Yellowstone ecosystem with its explosive history, placing the everyday lives of its creatures within the context of geological time.”
Fox writes award-winning books for children of all ages, including the non-fiction middle grade book, Get Organized Without Losing It, and three young adult historical romances: Faithful, Forgiven, and Sirens. Her middle grade novel, The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle, received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Shelf Awareness.
With his latest book, Montana for Kids: The Story of our State, Jones turns for the first time to the world of children’s books. An introduction to the history of the state, the book tells stories of the Native Americans, wildlife, railroads, copper barons, vigilantes, rivers and explorers that define Montana’s past.
Jones is the author of the novels A Bloom of Bones and Last Year’s River, and an acclaimed examination of hunting ethics, A Quiet Place of Violence. He is the co-editor, with William Kittredge, of The Best of Montana’s Short Fiction. As an editor, he has overseen the publication of more than 100 titles, most recently for his own imprint, Bangtail Press.
The free event will be held 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.