Elk River Books is pleased to announce that Fred Haefele, author of the popular and award-winning memoir Rebuilding the Indian, will read from and discuss his new book, Extremophilia: River Rats, Timber Tramps, Biker Trash, and Realtors (Bangtail Press), at the store on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m.
A self-described arborist, Haefele takes on the social landscape of the West in this collection of 17 essays: “From working as a timber faller and a tree doctor to profiling environmental protestors and parsing through his own preoccupations with Ken Kesey, Haefele has followed his curiosity into the most extraordinary corners of the place he’s chosen to call home.”
Extremophilia is just the third title published by the newly-resurrected Bangtail Press, under the guidance of former Big Sky Journal editor Allen Jones, who has re-dedicated the small press to bringing “artful work to a select market.”
Haefele, who lives in Helena with his family, has been published in venues including Outside, Salon, Wired, Big Sky Journal, and the New York Times. He’s taught creative writing at the University of Montana and at Stanford University, and has received literary fellowships from The Fine Arts Work Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and from Stanford.
A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Elk River Books at (406) 224-5802.