Wildsam’s Yellowstone

In a return to in-person programming, Elk River Books will host a reading and discussion of the new field guide from Wildsam, Yellowstone: Mystery and Marvel, with contributing author Doug Peacock, editor Zach Dundas, and naturalist Ashea Mills at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 29. As the new home of Elk River Books is still being renovated, the event will be held outside on the Uncorked Wine Bar Patio, located at the historic Depot Center, next to the Gourmet Cellar, 208 W. Park St.

The Wildsam series of travel and field guides cover American places by seeking out “the real and rooted things, what’s truly authentic.” More than a typical travel guide, the books delve into the cultural, historical and environmental issues of the locales they cover. Yellowstone: Mystery and Marvel includes information on traditional and contemporary indigenous connections to the park, the science behind geothermal activity and wolf packs, a legacy excerpt by Jim Harrison, new writing by Peacock and Wyoming’s Nina McConigley, and artwork by House.

A renowned grizzly bear expert and wilderness advocate, Peacock is the author of Grizzly Years, Walking It Off, The Essential Grizzly, and In the Shadow of the Sabertooth. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and Lannan fellowships, a co-founder of Round River Conservation Studies, and the founding board chair of Save the Yellowstone Grizzly.

Dundas is the editor of the Yellowstone guide, and the author of two books, The Great Detective and The Renegade Sportsman. He is the Portland correspondent for Monocle, a London-based international affairs, business, culture, and design magazine, and a former staff writer at the Missoula Independent.

Mills is the owner of Walking Shadow Ecology Tours of Yellowstone and the founder of the North Yellowstone Education Foundation. Originally from upstate New York, she now lives and works in Gardiner.

This discussion will be the first to be held at the new home of Elk River Books at 122 S. 2nd St., in the former J.C. Penny building. The building, still under renovation, will house a much larger collection of used, collectible and new books, than the bookstore’s previous location, and offer an event space for readings, film viewings, performances and other gatherings.

There will be a cash bar for beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. The authors and artist will be available for a book signing following the presentation. For more information, send an email to [email protected] or call (406) 333-2330.

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