Elk River Arts & Lectures presents
Smoker, Ferguson and Fromm
Elk River Arts & Lectures will host poet M.L. Smoker, memoirist Gary Ferguson and novelist Pete Fromm for public readings at Elk River Books and lectures with Park High School students in Livingston for its spring 2015 season.
Thursday, Feb. 12: M.L. Smoker, author of Another Attempt at Rescue, is a member of the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes, and grew up on the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana. She composes “free verse poems that focus on personal struggle and identity and engage Native American history, language, and culture.” Sherman Alexie praises Smoker’s work as “tough, funny, magical, but not in a goofy way. This is blue-collar magic. Unemployed magic. Living on government cheese magic. I highly recommend this collection.”
Friday, March 27: Gary Ferguson’s latest book, The Carry Home, is a memoir chronicling his wife’s death on a 2005 canoe trip in Canada, and his subsequent journey to scatter her ashes in her favorite places. “Here is alchemy,” says author Mark Spragg. “Equal parts intellect, courage, and honesty. In The Carry Home Gary Ferguson has accomplished what only the best of us can hope to achieve in a lifetime; he has spun grief into a golden exultation of the natural world and its ability to heal our wounds.”
Thursday, April 30: Five-time recipient of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award, Pete Fromm is a novelist and short-story writer whose work centers on modern Western life. In his latest book, If Not For This, Fromm tells the love story of river runners Maddy and Dalt. “They marry on the banks of the Buffalo Fork, sure they’ll live there the rest of their days. … But when Maddy, laid low by dizzy spells, with a mono that isn’t quite mono, both discovers she is pregnant and is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, they realize their adventure is just beginning.”
All three writers will visit with Park High School students, then give a public reading upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. at 7 p.m. The readings are free. The events are co-sponsored by the Murray Hotel.
Elk River Arts & Lectures is a non-profit organization that seeks to bring writers to Livingston for free public readings, and also to provide opportunities for those writers to interact with local public school students.