A new chapter for Elk River Books – The Livingston Enterprise

Elk River Books co-owners Marc Beaudin, left, and Andrea Peacock prepare to re-open their bookstore on Second Avenue after a long few months of relocating from Main Street. Enterprise photo by John Carroll
With more than 12,000 titles, Elk River Books carries a variety of rare, collectible and signed books from local and regional authors.
Livingston literary institution with links to local and regional authors will re-open its doors Friday at a new downtown location. A
Elk River Books will celebrate its 10th anniversary as an independent bookstore with an Open House reception from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. on Friday. The community is welcome to stop by the bookstore at its new address at 122 S. 2nd St., said co-owners Andrea Peacock and Marc Beaudoin.
“We are thrilled with the new location, and can’t wait to welcome our customers back,” said Peacock.
Festivities on Friday evening will include refreshments provided by the Gourmet Cellar, and a book signing by Robin Behl, author of “Price Per Barrel: The Human Cost of Extraction” (North Dakota State University Press).
With more than 12,000 titles in its 2,400-square-foot store, Elk River Books primarily sells used, rare and antique books, and also specializes in books by regional authors such as Thomas McGuane, Norman Maclean, Jim Harrison, Jamie Harrison, Peter Bowen, Richard Wheeler, and Gatz Hjortsberg.
The bookstore also features works related to Western and Native-American history, select poetry, books on hunting, fishing and the outdoors, and a wide selection of fiction, children’s literature, cook books, and more.
Some of the more valuable collections at the store include a 13-volume set of the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition ($3,000) and three handwritten poems by Robert Frost ($2,500).
Elk River Books is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
Through its nonprofit organization — Elk River Arts & Lectures — the literary entity provides guest lectures, writers’ workshops, storyteller sessions, and poetry in the classroom. Lecturers include poets, novelists, journalists, visual artists, and historians.
Regular store hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In an effort to keep the community safe, masks are required for the Open House on Friday.
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