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Westward & Miserable

John Henry Haseltine

Westward & Miserable by John Henry Haseltine

“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.” –Rich Hall, comedian, SNL alum, & author of Nailing It!: Tales from the Comedy Frontier

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The Bluebird Run

Greg Keeler

The Bluebird Run by Greg Keeler

“As humanly perceptive and sensitive, as touching and as amusing, and as Richard Hugo-esque musical as poetry gets … welcome to Greg Keeler’s beatific creative infinity.” –Paul Zarzyski, author of Steering with My Knees

The Bluebird Run is a monumental collection of 180 new sonnets by Montana poet, memoirist, artist and musician Greg Keeler. Ranging from humorous flights to poignant meditations on loss, love, aging and the fate of humanity in the face of looming environmental and social crises, the poems in this collection showcase a highly lauded writer at the peak of his abilities. Fans of both Keeler’s irreverently witty songwriting and his deep-thinking explorations into life’s pains and mysteries will find much to treasure in this book.

“A true poet of rivers and all the lonely roads to get to them, Greg Keeler seems alone and far away and yet his voice is always, always right there.” –Rick Ardinger, Limberlost Press

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Unearthing Paradise

Marc Beaudin, Seabrind Davis and Max Hjortsberg

Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone

“The most important book you’ll buy this year, or maybe any other, Unearthing Paradise, is not only a call to action, it’s a beauty in its own right. Calling together so many of Montana’s writers, how could it not be? Get it, pass it around, spread the word, let Unearthing Paradise be an awakening, not a swan song.” –Pete Fromm, author of If Not for This and Indian Creek Chronicles

Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone is an effort to raise awareness and inspire activism regarding the need to protect wild lands of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem from extractive and destructive threats. Profits will be used, in part, to assist environmental organizations in their efforts to protect these lands. The project grew out of local efforts in Park County, Montana to stop two gold mining proposals at the northern gateway to Yellowstone National Park, and includes poetry, essay and fiction by 30 Montana writers including Rick Bass, Tami Haaland and the late Jim Harrison. The book’s editors are Marc Beaudin, Seabring Davis and Max Hjortsberg. Terry Tempest Williams provides the foreword.

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Vagabond Song

Vagabond Song

Marc Beaudin

Vagabond Song: Neo-Haibun from the Peregrine Journals by Marc Beaudin

“Here is a poet’s road trip, tracing the blue highways with a dazzling prose that keeps us belted in for the fast passage – a firm anchor of raven, woodlands and the fractured moon on the lake at night. We should all take strength from his impressive traverse.”
Doug Peacock, author of Grizzly Years

From a beer carton full of rain-blurred and spine-broken journals come these tales of the road, trail and barstool. Setting out from a writing cabin outside of Grayling, Michigan, Beaudin casts him thumb into the waters of M-72 — returning to the music of the open road. Inspired by Bashō’s haibun classics such as Narrow Road to the Deep North and Records of a Weather-Exposed Skeleton, these nine movements, with their accompanying interludes and caesurae, span over a decade of traveling the highways and byways of numerous countries both on and off the map. Through all the years and all the trips, the direction is the same: Beyond.

“A jazzy, freewheeling, rollicking road trip into the beating heart of the Eternal Now. Hop in and enjoy the ride.” –Montana Quarterly

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Related Titles:

Below is information on other books related to our store as well as those by the Elk River Books family, Andrea and Doug Peacock and Marc Beaudin.

An Elk River Books Reader: Livingston and Billings Area Writers from Bangtail Press, 2014.

Books by Andrea Peacock: Wasting Libby, In the Presence of Grizzlies and The Essential Grizzly

Books by Doug Peacock: Grizzly Years, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth, Peacock’s War (DVD), Walking It Off, In the Presence of Grizzlies and The Essential Grizzly

Books by Marc Beaudin: Life List: Poems, The Moon Cracks Open, Vagabond Song, A Handful of Dust and Jihad bil Qalam – To Strive by Means of the Pen

Posters from Elk River Books events created by Marc Beaudin

Manuscript Submissions

Elk River Books publishes occasional titles as projects close to our hearts arise. At this time, we are not able to accept unsolicited manuscripts. However, if you have something you believe we would really love, please drop us a note describing it.