Jamie Harrison and Malcolm Brooks in conversation

photo by Melanie Maganias Nashan

Montana authors Jamie Harrison and Malcolm Brooks will discuss their new novels, Harrison’s The Center of Everything and Brooks’ Cloudmaker, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16. The free event will stream live at Facebook.com/ElkRiverBooks. A Facebook account is not necessary to watch the discussion.

Harrison, who wrote the award-winning historical novel, The Widow Nash, as well as the acclaimed Blue Deer series of mystery novels set in a fictionalized Livingston, returns home in her latest work:

“For Polly, the small town of Livingston, Montana, is a magical ecosystem of extended family and raw, natural beauty governed by kinship networks that extend back generations. But the summer of 2002 finds Polly at a crossroads. A recent head injury has scattered her perception of the present, bringing to the surface events from thirty years ago and half a country away.”

A New York Times book review called Harrison’s work, “sweeping and richly hued.” Her previous novel, The Widow Nash, was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award and winner of the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Association’s Reading the West Award.

photo by Jeremy Lurgio

Following his nationally bestselling debut Painted Horses, Brooks’ Cloudmaker is “a soaring, spirited tale of American ingenuity and optimism inspired by real-life Montana teenagers who built and flew their own airplanes during the Great Depression.”

“Epic in scope, beautifully crafted in its prose, and always — always — adoring of its cast of unforgettable characters, Cloudmaker is a stunner of a novel,” writes Nickolas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs. “A book that absolutely soars.”

Both novels will be available for purchase from Elk River Books before, during and after the event – in the store at 120 N. Main, Livingston, and online at shop.elkriverbooks.com. Signed copies will be available, and Elk River will provide both pickup and delivery options. For more information, call (406) 333-2330.

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