Wyoming poet and writer Samuel Western will present his novel of a friendship torn apart in an instant, and the decades-later attempt for one man to find forgiveness and the other vengeance, with a free reading on Thursday, April 28, at Elk River Books.
Canyons pits a family-man rancher and a reclusive Los Angeles musician in a struggle to come to terms with a devastating hunting accident that destroyed their friendship and set them on drastically different paths. Twenty-five years later, they reunite for a tense trip into Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains to confront their demons.
Of the book, Pete Fromm writes, “There are lines you’ll reread simply for their beauty. But you don’t want to miss the intelligence behind the beauty or miss the surprising depth of the story itself. These are lives you’ll want to live.”
Western is a two-time recipient of the Wyoming Literary Fellowship for fiction and a finalist for the High Plains Book Award for poetry. He has published in The Economist, LIFE and Sports Illustrated. He is the author of several books of non-fiction including Pushed Off the Mountain, Sold Down the River, one of the best-selling books in Wyoming literary history.
“Sam Western is one of the finest writers in the American West,” writes Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire mysteries, “and his new novel Canyons damn well confirms it.”
Western’s reading will take place at 7 p.m., upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. and will be followed by a book signing and reception. Elk River Books specializes in collectible outdoor, regional and Western history books, and provides a lively venue for southwest Montana’s unique literary community. For more information, call 333-2330.