Montana’s Bass to read at Auntie’s

SUNDAY, AUG. 22, 2010

Well-known Montana author Rick Bass will read from his newest novel, “Nashville Chrome” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24), on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Auntie’s Bookstore, 402 W. Main Ave.

Bass lives in the Yaak River valley, just across the Idaho line, and many of his recent books have been nonfiction accounts of life and nature there.

This book, which Publisher’s Weekly calls his “grand return to fiction,” is about The Browns, an early Nashville country act who came out of the Arkansas backwoods. Elvis even makes an appearance.

Human rights poetry

A poetry reading featuring selections from “I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights” will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Gallery at Cedar Street Bridge in Sandpoint.

This volume, recently published by Sandpoint’s Lost Horse Press, was edited by Melissa Kwasny and M.L. Smoker.

The reading will feature several of the poets included in the anthology, along with other readers. Singer-songwriter Holly McGarry will also perform. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

A portion of the book sales will go to the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force.

Harold’s art

Harold Balazs, the Inland Northwest’s visual art legend, will do a presentation based on his beautiful coffee-table-sized volume “Harold Balazs” (University of Washington Press/Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture) at Auntie’s Bookstore on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Balazs has been filling public spaces (and private collections) throughout the Northwest with his enamels, metal sculptures, wood carvings and paintings for decades.

This is a chance not only to see his art, but to hear Balazs tell his anecdotes about life in the art world. He’s a great storyteller as well as an artist.

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