Jamie’s reading will be postponed until early 2021, due to publication delays.
Livingston author Jamie Harrison will read from her new novel, The Center of Everything, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at Livingston’s Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St.
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. …
“Weaving together the past and the present, bounded by the brisk shores of Long Island Sound and the landscape of big-sky Montana, The Center of Everything examines with profound insight the nature of the human condition: the tribes we call family, the memories and touchstones that make up a life, and the loves and losses we must endure along the way.”
The New York Times Book Review calls 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. Author (and part-time Livingston resident) Carl Hiaasen says of it, “Jamie Harrison is a clever, gifted writer, and this shining book is flat-out terrific.”
Harrison, daughter of the late author Jim Harrison, has lived with her family in Montana for more than 30 years. She is a notorious foodie who has worked as a caterer, a gardener, an editor, a technical writer of archaeological, botanical and biological reports, and has a wicked tennis serve.
The free event will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.