Westward & Miserable by John Henry Haseltine

May 13, 2024 | Uncategorized

Pre-order your copy, or copies, of Westward & Miserable between now and June 16, and help us make this publication possible!

And since the early Western Tanager gets the orange slice, we have several gifts available for those acting quickly:

Westward and Miserable bookplate• The first 100 copies ordered will include a limited edition, signed and numbered bookplate designed by John Henry from an original painting. [SOLD OUT]




Hand puppets• Order 2 copies and receive an original hand-puppet created by John Henry, a $100 value (while supplies last – act soon, only 8 available). [SOLD OUT]



painting• Order 3 or more copies and receive a limited edition, signed and numbered, 12” x 24” fine art print of “This Wide and Wicked World,” a $200 value (while supplies last – only 15 available).


painting, book and jar of pickled eggs• And, for the serious fans out there, order 10 or more copies and John Henry will bake you a pie and give you a jar of his terrific pickled eggs! This is a “locals-only” special, available to residents of Park, Gallatin and Sweetgrass Counties.


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And here’s John Henry himself to tell you all about it!

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Westward and Miserable is an irreverent rollick, dismantling myths and Gonzoing Western history. Haseltine illustrates his outrageous collection of tall tales and spirited yarns with originality, charm, and joyfulness.” –Betsy Gaines Quammen, author of True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America

Westward & Miserable is a picture book of sorts – a collection of paintings and stories gathered from writer and artist John Henry Haseltine’s gallery exhibitions in Livingston, Montana. It’s part regional history, part folklore, part Western mythology, but mostly it’s a book of lies … lies equally benevolent as they are pernicious.

“Sly, precise and remarkable. Haseltine [it seems] has produced this somewhat phenomenal book with no marketing strategy beyond launching a single copy into the ocean, hoping it washes up on a remote shore and generates a cargo cult.” –Rich Hall, comedian, SNL alum, & author of Nailing It!: Tales from the Comedy Frontier

In addition to being a painter and writer, John Henry Haseltine is a frustrated theater artist, a failed filmmaker, a reviled musician and sometimes makes puppets but they aren’t super functional, and you have to be REALLY careful if you want to use them. He lives in Livingston, Montana. More at JohnHenryHaseltine.com.

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