Elk River Books welcomes writer Toby Thompson who will present excerpts from his new book, Metroliner, the companion book to last year’s Riding the Rough String, (both published by the Bozeman-based Bangtail Press), on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m.
Thompson is a journalist, author and part-time Livingstonian whose new book “explores the two poles of Thompson’s life on the East Coast. For more than forty years, he has ridden the rails between Washington, D.C. and New York, capturing not only the sensibilities of these two cities but the tenor of his time as well. From the Smithsonian to the secret fishing spots of Manhattan, from profiles of Norman Mailer and Jackie Gleason to the White House press corps, Metroliner represents a career’s worth of reportage from one of America’s most accomplished writers.
Thompson has written three other books: Positively Main Street: Bob Dylan’s Minnesota, Saloon: A Guide to America’s Great Bars, Saloons, Taverns, Drinking Places and Watering Holes, and The 60’s Report. His work has been published in magazines ranging from Vanity Fair and Esquire to Gray’s Sporting Journal and the New York Times. He teaches creative nonfiction in the MFA program at Penn State. Tom Wolfe calls Thompson “an intrepid tripper in the Merry Prankster sense, and an urban Thoreau,” while Carl Hiaasen characterizes Thompson’s latest book as “a first-rate collection, impressively diverse and vastly enjoyable.”
Thompson’s reading will be followed by a reception and signing. The event is free, open to the public and will take place at Elk River Books, 115 E. Callender St. in Livingston.