Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone

Dec 31, 2019 | Publications

Thirty-two Montana authors, one very special place.Buy Now

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“The most important book you’ll buy this year, or maybe any other. … 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

“A treasure trove of courage and heart”
David James Duncan, author The Brothers K and My Story as Told by Water

“A book that had to be written and must be read”
Walter Kirn, author Blood Will Out and Up in the Air

Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone is an effort to raise awareness and activism regarding the need to protect wild lands of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem from extractive and destructive threats. A portion of all sales is donated to Park County Environmental Council to support their efforts to protect these lands. The project grew out of local efforts in Park County to stop two gold mining proposals at the northern gateway to Yellowstone, and includes poetry, essay and fiction by 32 Montana writers including Rick Bass, Tami Haaland, Doug Peacock and the late Jim Harrison. The book’s editors are Marc Beaudin, Seabring Davis and Max Hjortsberg. Terry Tempest Williams provides the foreword.

“When multinational companies aspire to tear through one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world for the sake of the gold underneath, the only civilized response is outrage. And if you’re a writer, an artist, the most natural corollary to outrage is creation. Building something beautiful in the face of a prospect that is unspeakably ugly. With Unearthing Paradise, some of the best writers in the Rocky Mountain West come together to speak against the possibility of gold mines in Montana’s Paradise Valley and the border of Yellowstone National Park. An urgent and compelling call to arms as well as a significant work of art in its own right, Unearthing Paradise is a must read for anyone who cares about Montana, about the greater Yellowstone ecosystem or the simple justice of preserving an invaluable public resource against private exploitation.
Allen Morris Jones, author of A Bloom of Bones and A Quiet Place of Violence


Martha Adkins • Bryce Andrews • Elise Atchison • Rick Bass • Marc Beaudin
Frank Carter • Dave Caserio • John Clayton • Michael Earl Craig • Seabring Davis • Edwin Dobb
Charlotte McGuinn Freeman • Amanda Fortini • Tami Halland • Jim Harrison • Max Hjortsberg
William Hjortsberg • John Holt • Greg Keeler • Alan Kesselheim • Joan Kresich • Ken McCullough
Brant Oswald • Doug Peacock • Ilona Popper • Bernard Quetchenbach • Shann Ray • Myers Reece
Russell Rowland • Toby Thompson • Richard Wheeler • Todd Wilkinson

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