Elk River Arts & Lectures presents the Spring 2024 Lecture Series

video recordings

in pictures  

Mona Susan Power reads from her novel, Council of Dolls. Photo by Declan Saint-Onge. 

Author Heather White and Park High Green Initiative students at the students’ Earth Day event.

Environmental historian Dan Flores speaks about his book, Wild New World, at a lecture sponsored by the Yellowstone Gateway Museum FoundationPark County Community Foundation, Park County Environmental Council, and Tom Miner Basin Foundation,.
Photo by Rob Park.

Power talks writing with Park High students.

Green Initiative students interview White about her book, 60 Days to a Greener Life.

Flores speaks about bison with the entire fifth grade at East Side Elementary.

High school senior Remy Sexton interviews Flores.

April 4

Mona Susan power

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Elk River Books
122 S. 2nd St.
Livingston, MT 59047


7 pm

Novelist Debra Magpie Earling called Mona Susan Power‘s Council of Dolls, “A mighty, dazzling whirlwind of storytelling. These stories lift from the page. Prepare to stay up all night.”

And, join us for a Community Book Club discussion of A Council of Dolls on Tuesday, March 26 at 6 p.m. To RSVP, email director@elkriverarts.org

​Mona Susan Power is the author of four books of fiction, including The Grass Dancer (a National Bestseller awarded a PEN/Hemingway Prize), Roofwalker (a collection of stories and essays awarded the Milkweed National Fiction Prize), Sacred Wilderness (a novel which received the Electa Quinney Award), and A Council of Dolls (nominated for the 2023 National Book Award).

She’s a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is also the recipient of several grants in support of her writing which include an Iowa Arts Fellowship, James Michener Fellowship, Radcliffe Bunting Institute Fellowship, Princeton Hodder Fellowship, USA Artists Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship, and Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Fellowship. Her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including The Best American Short Stories series, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, and Granta. Her essay, “Bloodthread,” is forthcoming in The Georgia Review.

Mona is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna Dakhóta), born and raised in Chicago. During her childhood she was a member of the Chicago Indian Village movement, a group organized to protest the conditions of Native people lured to urban areas with promises of secure jobs and good housing, that seldom materialized. In 1979, a documentary following the experiences of this group was nominated for an Academy Award. Mona attended the Oscar ceremonies that year as a guest of the director, Jerry Aronson.

She currently lives in Minnesota, where she’s working on other novels, including The Year of Fury.

Power’s visit and the 2024 Elk River Arts & Lecture Lectures Series is made possible by the generous support of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and individual donors. During her time in Livingston, Power will meet with students at Park High. The free, public event will include a book signing and reception.

April 22

green initiative earth day event with local youth & heather white 

Earth Day! (Monday, April 22)

Elk River Books (122 S. 2nd St.) 


6 p.m.

Join us for young people’s artistic reflections on climate change; local youth discussing what they’re doing to combat climate change; a youth-moderated conversation with 60 Days to a Greener Life author Heather White; opportunities for community engagement; a coloring table – and more! 

This Green Initiative event is being hosted in collaboration with Elk River Arts & Lectures (including members of Livingston Literaries: A Group for Teens), Park County Environmental Council, Moms Clean Air Force, and Montessori Island. 

Park High Green Initiative is a student led organization that strives to provide climate conscious youth with the tools to advocate for increased environmental action. By using the implementation of creative solutions, our organization develops sustainable infrastructure throughout our community and beyond.

Heather White is a nationally recognized conservation and environmental policy expert and a frequent spokesperson in national media on climate, energy, and conservation issues. Heather is the founder & CEO of the nonprofit, OneGreenThing.org, and author of 60 Days to a Greener Life: Ease Eco-Anxiety Through Joyful Daily Action (Harper Collins, 2024) and One Green Thing: Discover Your Hidden Power to Help Save the Planet (Harper Collins, 2022). OneGreenThing is a nonprofit that tackles eco-anxiety through joyful daily action, inspiring culture change for policy solutions.

White’s twenty-plus years experience of service including working as a litigator at a prominent Nashville law firm, a campaign staffer and recount attorney for Al Gore’s presidential campaign, the energy and environmental policy legislative counsel for U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, and adjunct law professor at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Tennnessee College of Law. White directed environmental education advocacy at the nation’s largest conservation organization, ran an environmental health watchdog in Washington, DC, and the led the nonprofit partner to Yellowstone National Park.

Heather was named one of the “Top 20 Women Leaders in Sustainability” by Green Building & Design magazine and “100 Women to Watch in Wellness” by MindBodyGreen. Heather has been featured on Good Morning America, CBS News, MSNBC, KTLA5, ACB7 in San Francisco, WGN in Chicago, and quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Teen Vogue. She’s recently spoken at Clinton Global Initiative, TedXBoston, UTA, AllTech Corporation, Hearst Publications, VF Corporation, Arizona State University, Warner Music Group, the Nashville Bar Association, Amazon, TIAA and bookstores across the country including Diesel books in Brentwood, Green Apple in San Fran, and Novel in Memphis. She lives in Bozeman, MT with her husband and two teenage daughters.


The 2024 Elk River Arts & Lecture Lectures Series is made possible by the generous support of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and individual donors. 

May 16

Dan Flores 

Thursday, May 16 

Shane Lalani Center for the Arts (415 E. Lewis St.)


7 pm

Historian Dan Flores‘s latest book, Wild New World, is the winner of the 2023 Rachel Carson Award.



Dan Flores is the Hammond Professor Emeritus of the History of the American West at the University of Montana. He is the noted author of eleven books, including Coyote America, American Serengeti, and the recently published Wild New World, winner of the the 2023 Rachel Carson Award. 

Flores’s specialty is the environmental and cultural history of the American West. His essays on the environment, art, and culture of the West also appear in magazines such as Texas Monthly, Orion, Southwest Art, The Big Sky Journal, and High Country News. His work has been honored by the Western History Association, the Western Writers of America, the Denver Public Library, the National Cowboy Museum, the Oklahoma Book Awards, the University of Oklahoma Press, the Montana Historical Society, the Texas State Historical Association, the High Plains Book Awards, and the Montana Book Awards. 

Flores was a significant contributor to the recent Ken Burns film, The American Buffalo, where he addresses the potential for a more responsible stewardship relationship of our ecosystem.

Flores’s lecture, “Endangered Species in the American West,” is the first in a new quarterly series, The Epic Story of Humans, Wildlife and Landforms in Park County: A Guide for Stewardship of our Ecosystem. Presented by the Yellowstone Gateway Museum Foundation in association with the Park County Environmental Council, the Park County Community Foundation, the Tom Miner Basin Association, Yellowstone Forever, and Elk River Arts & Lectures, each installment includes a lecture to take place at the Shane Lalani Center for the Arts, a book signing, a field trip, a visit to local schools, and an exhibition at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum.

The 2024 Elk River Arts & Lecture Lectures Series is made possible by the generous support of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation and individual donors.