I’ll be launching my latest anthology, The Stories of Yellowstone, at reading and signing at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Country Bookshelf on Main Street in Bozeman. I’ll also be reading (and signing) my new middle-grades book, Macon’s Perfect Shot, and my old standby, Adventures in Yellowstone. I hope to see you there. Also I’d appreciate it if you’d let other folks who might be interested know about the event.
The Stories of Yellowstone covers more than a hundred years and contains 72 stories chosen to represent all kinds of Yellowstone experiences. That makes it hard to choose just two or three stories that represent the whole. Perhaps readers of this blog would be willing to help. I’ll list some candidates in categories below and you can tell me which one in each category grabs your interest the most. Just let me know in t in the comment line. You can click on the link to see the story as it was posted on this blog. These were re-edited for the book and may be a little different there.
I’d like to read one story that highlights grand adventure. Here are three candidates:
- “Treed by a Lion” by Truman Evarts. ” A man lost in the wilderness spends a terrifying night up a tree when a mountain lion stalks him.
- “In a Country Swarming with Grizzlies” by George Henry Kingsley. — “An English physician carrying only a small rifle encounters a grizzly.”
- “Captured by indians” by Emma Cowan. — “A young wife watches in terror while Indians shoot her husband in the head.”
And a story that is laugh-out-loud funny:
- “How to Pack a Mule” by the Earl of Dunraven. — “You may curse and swear your level best—but it does not do a bit of good.”
- “Yellowstone’s First Car” by Henry G. Merry — “A man races his horseless carriage past waiting rangers and leads them on a merry chase.
- “Maud Gets Her Revenge” by L. Louise Elliot. — A camp cook gets even with a supercilious guest.
And maybe a story about a Yellowstone experience you can’t have anymore.
- “Angering Old Faithful” by Frank Carpenter. — “Tourists dump rubble down Old Faithful just to see what will happen.”
- “Cooking Fish on the Hook in a Hot Spring” by Henry J. Winser. — “An angler shows how to catch a fish in a cold stream and cook it on the hook in a nearby hot spring.”
- “Soaping Beehive Geyser to Make it Play” by Georgina Synge. — “We sallied forth armed with two large bars of Brown Windsor tied up in a pocket handkerchief.”
I wish I could read them all on Sunday, but I’ll have to be satisfied with just two or three. You can read them all on this blog, but wouldn’t really rather have a signed book.
I hope to see you at County Bookshelf on Sunday.