Livingston’s Elk River Books begins a year of 10th anniversary celebrations, dubbed “Anniversaurus X,” with a virtual reading and discussion with acclaimed writers and activists Terry Tempest Williams and Rick Bass on Thursday, May 20, at 7 p.m. The free event will stream live on Elk River Books’ Facebook page.
Williams will be discussing her recent book, Erosion: Essays of Undoing, called “a spiritual and profound anthology that could not be more appropriate for our time” by Newsweek, which also named it a “best book of fall 2019,” as did The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews and Lit Hub.
Williams has published books on the environment, culture, politics, family and the strong interconnections of these seeming disparate areas. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Wallace Stegner Award, the Lannan Literary Award and the International Peace Award. Her memoir, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, won the Evans Biography Award and the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award for creative nonfiction. Her writings have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times and Orion.
Bass’ latest collection is Fortunate Son: Selected Essays from the Lone Star State. In these writings, spanning 30 years, he reflects on Texas as it was and is. “Both a celebration and critique of Texas’ evolution, the book includes profiles of musician James McMurtry and naturalist Roy Bedichek, experiences with volunteer firefighters in Houston, nature writing from Peach Point Wildlife Refuge, and other true stories from a singular state.”
Bass, a Montanan for over three decades, was born and raised in Texas. Recognized by numerous Pushcart Prizes and the O. Henry Awards as well as the Texas Institute of Letters, he continues to publish celebrated fiction and nonfiction about the natural world and humans’ place in it. His recent books include For a Little While: New and Selected Stories and The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes. He was the featured reader for Elk River Books’ grand opening in 2011, as well as at their 5th anniversary celebration.
To view the event, navigate to Facebook.com/ElkRiverBooks at 7 p.m. on May 11. You do not have to have a Facebook account in order to watch.
Books by both authors will be available for purchase from Elk River Books before, during and after the event, online at shop.elkriverbooks.com. Signed copies will be available, and Elk River will provide both pickup and delivery options. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 333-2330.