John Taliaferro on George Bird Grinnell

Biographer and historian John Taliaferro returns to Livingston’s Elk River Books to read from and discuss his biography of conservation legend George Bird Grinnell on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m.

Grinnell: America’s Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West digs into the life and times of one of the most important originators of the American conservation movement, from the founding of the first Audubon Society and, with Theodore Roosevelt, the Boone and Crockett Club (which promoted the concept of “fair chase”) to helping to create Glacier National Park (where a glacier now bears his name) and working to install legal protections for migratory birds. Grinnell was also a highly respected ethnologist who published numerous articles and books including The Cheyenne Indians: Their History and Ways of Life.

In a starred review, Publisher’s Weekly calls the book “an impressive, eminently readable biography of the great conservationist George Bird Grinnell. Anyone who’s ever set foot in a national park and wondered how it came to be will find an important part of the answer in this expansive look at an equally expansive life.”

Taliaferro is a graduate of Harvard College, a former senior editor at Newsweek and the author of five previous books, including All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay from Lincoln to Roosevelt, winner of the Douglas Dillon Award.

The event will be held upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston. For more information, call 333-2330.

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