Best-selling Billings novelist Craig Lancaster will travel to Livingston on Thursday, November 13, to read from his latest book, The Fallow Season of Hunter Hugo, in which he follows the story of a former Olympic boxer who strays from success to lead a mediocre career and existence.
“Hugo Hunter is a thirty-seven-year-old, broken-down boxer who once had big dreams. Mark Westerly is the sportswriter who has covered him for twenty years, all the way back to a starring turn in the 1992 Olympics, and has had his own share of troubles. As Hugo hits the ropes again, this time for good, Westerly reaches out to save him—and, just maybe, himself. A gritty novel of two flawed men trying to find their way back.”
A former newspaper journalist, Lancaster burst onto Montana’s literary scene in October 2009 with the publication of his first novel, 600 Hours of Edward, the story of a middle-age man with Asperger’s syndrome, “and a remarkable twenty-five day stretch of his life in which his sheltered existence is threatened and new possibilities emerge, if only he can reach out and grab them.”
That book, which won Lancaster a fistful of awards including the Montana Honor Book, the Utah Book Award, High Plains Book Award, and Independent Publishers Book Award, eventually became an international bestseller.
Of Lancaster’s latest novel, San Jose Mercury News sports columnist Tim Kawakami says, “It’s about the fraternity of the lost, and the tales they tell each other on their way back.” The Chicago Center for Literature and Photography praises 600 Hours as “a nearly perfect combination of traditional literary elements, mixing crowd-pleasing sappiness with indie-friendly subversion, a masterful blend of character and action.”
The reading will take place on Thursday, November 13 at 7 pm on the second floor of Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston. The event is free, open to the public and will include a reception and book signing.