Livingston author Richard S. Wheeler visit Elk River Books on Thursday, January 21 for a free reading from his latest novel, Anything Goes. In past novels, he has written about the West from every imaginable angle—from copper barons to mountain men, from Lewis and Clark to the San Francisco earthquake. With his newest, he takes on vaudeville.
In this new novel, his 71st to be published, Wheeler follows the desperate foibles of a second rate vaudeville troupe as they make their way through the remote mining towns of Montana. Consisting of has-been singers, jugglers, comedians and two vegetable-hurling monkeys, the Beausoleil Brothers Follies hopes for financial success, or at least to make it back East alive.
A recipient of the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in Western literature and six-time winner of the Spur Award, Wheeler has been called a “master storyteller” by Library Journal. His novels range from the struggles of the earliest pioneers to modern rangeland conflicts. With all of them, his attention to historical detail is unparalleled. He is perhaps best know for his Skye’s West series of novels featuring Barnaby Skye, a bigger-than-life frontier guide.
Wheeler’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.