EVENT POSTPONED: We regret to announce that tonight’s reading with Tom McGuane will be postponed due to the weather. We will attempt to re-schedule for some time in 2014, and will let you all know when that happens. Thanks for your patience, and stay warm!
Elk River Books will host a reading by author Thomas McGuane on Tuesday, December 3 at 7 p.m. in the Blue Slipper Theatre, 113 E. Callender St.
McGuane is a towering figure in American literature, having penned ten novels, three screenplays and assorted collections of essays, spanning the breadth of the country from Key West to Montana. His writing has been critically acclaimed for more than four decades, and he counts among his many honors a Stegner Fellowship, Rosenthal Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Western Literary Association. The New York Times hailed his early work as “a talent of Faulknerian potential.”
Known locally for his prowess as a fly-fisherman and work with cutting horses, McGuane’s more recent books incorporate these pastimes. In a review of his latest book, Driving on the Rim (which takes place in thinly-disguised version of Livingston), the New York Times notes that McGuane is the only author who is a member both of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Cutting Horse Association.
McGuane’s arrival in the Livingston area heralded a literary and artistic era that persists today: writers including Richard Brautigan, Jim Harrison and William “Gatz” Hjortsberg, actors Margot Kidder, Peter Fonda and Jeff Bridges, artist Russell Chatham and musician Warren Zevon, all can trace their Livingston roots to McGuane’s influence.
A reception and signing at Elk River Books, 115 E. Callender, will follow the reading.