Reading: Russell Rowland’s High and Inside

Jun 17, 2013 | Events

Elk River Books welcomes Billings writer Russell Rowland on Tuesday, August 20, who will read from his new novel, High and Inside, the latest offering from Bozeman’s Bangtail Press.

High and Inside tells the story of Peter Hurley, and former professional baseball player who moves to Montana “with a World Series ring, a three-legged dog and a thirst for self-destruction.”

Russell Rowland’s first two novels, In Open Spaces and The Watershed Years, explored the life of a homestead family in southeastern Montana, and earned rave reviews. In Open Spaces was selected as one of the Best of the West by the Salt Lake City Tribune, and made the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list. The Watershed Years was a finalist for the High Plains Book Award.

Montana author Kim Barnes says of High and Inside, “You don’t have to love baseball to love this story about one (aging) boy of summer who is brought to a bittersweet reckoning with his own past. I found myself laughing, cringing, and knuckling down.”

Russell has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Boston University, and moved back to his home state of Montana in 2007, where he teaches at MSU Billings and does private consultation with other writers.

Rowland’s reading is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a signing. The event takes place at 7 p.m. at Elk River Books, 115 E. Callender St. in Livingston.


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