Susan Bernhard Reading Thursday September 12th, 6pm

Join Chapter One Book Store in welcoming back to her roots Susan Bernhard, author of Winter Loon.  We are the beneficiaries of Susan's invitation to participate in the Montana Book Festival, September 12th-15th.  She will be on two panels--The Fractured American Dream in Fiction at 11:30am Saturday and the second is Glowing Up: Coming Of Age in Modern Fiction at 1:30pm Saturday.  But first, she will be at Chapter One--don't miss this treat.

Winter Loon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781503902978
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little a - December 2018

A haunting debut novel about family and sacrifice, Winter Loon reminds us of how great a burden the past can be, the toll it exacts, and the freedom that comes from letting it go.

Abandoned by his father after his mother drowns in a frozen Minnesota lake, fifteen-year-old Wes Ballot is stranded with coldhearted grandparents and holed up in his mother's old bedroom, surrounded by her remnants and memories. As the wait for his father stretches unforgivably into months, a local girl, whose own mother died a brutal death, captures his heart and imagination, giving Wes fresh air to breathe in the suffocating small town.

When buried truths come to light in the spring thaw, wounds are exposed and violence erupts, forcing Wes to embark on a search for his missing father, the truth about his mother, and a future he must claim for himself--a quest that begins back at that frozen lake.

A powerful, page-turning coming-of-age story, Winter Loon captures the resilience of a boy determined to become a worthy man by confronting family demons, clawing his way out of the darkness, and forging a life from the shambles of a broken past.

Lorna Milne Reading Wednesday September 25th at 6pm

Join us at Chapter One as we welcome Lorna Milne, who will be reading from and discussing her book on Evelyn Cameron.

Evelyn Cameron: Photographer on the Western Prairie Cover Image
ISBN: 9780878426751
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Published: Mountain Press Publishing Company - May 15th, 2017

In 1889, a young spunky British woman of genteel upbringing set sail for the United Statesagainst her family's wishes. She traveled with a friend, Ewen Cameron, the man who later became her husband. They were bound for eastern Montana to hunt big game along the Yellowstone River, only thirteen years after the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The next fall the Camerons returned to England, packed up, and moved to Montana, where they lived for the rest of their lives. They first rented a ranch on the Powder River, among other British expatriates, to raise polo ponies for export to England. After years of limited success in the pony trade, they bought a small herd of cattle, settling into a more dependable existence of ranching and market gardens.

John McCarthy Reading Thursday October 17th, 6 pm

Join Chapter One as we welcome author John McCarthy, who will give a reading and slide presentaion at the store.

Working the Wilderness: Early Leaders for Wild Lands Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870046254
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Published: Caxton Press - April 15th, 2019

Working the Wilderness: Early Leaders for Wild Lands tells true stories about four men and one woman who established how to work in and be in the wilderness. They were guides for protection of wilderness and for the protectors who followed them. Their lives were immersed in service "€" to wild land and the American People. They worked for the U.S. Forest Service, centered in the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana. Three were active before and after the Wilderness Act of 1964. The younger two came in at the beginning of the modern wilderness era. They all adapted skills of the pioneers to the new land designation. Their stories celebrate heroes for the enduring resource of wilderness and point to the future to keep their legacies thriving.

Jack Nisbet Reading Wednesday October 16th

Join us for a reading by Jack Nibet, author of Sources of the River,  where he discusses the lives of John and Carrie Leiberg.  This husband and wife team arrived in the Idaho territory in 1885, whose passions would influence issues such as public health, government control and freedom.  This will be a fascinating evening not to be missed.


The Dreamer and the Doctor: A Forest Lover and a Physician on the Edge of the Frontier Cover Image
ISBN: 9781632172020
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Published: Sasquatch Books - October 23rd, 2018


Dr. Carrie Leiberg, a pioneer physician, fought hard for public health while nurturing both a troubled son and a fruit orchard. Her husband, John Leiberg, was a Swedish immigrant and self-taught naturalist who transformed himself from pickax Idaho prospector to special field agent for the US Forest Commission and warned Washington DC of ecological devastation of public lands. The Leiberg story opens a window into the human and natural landscape of a century past that reflects all the thorny issues of our present time.

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