Press

Allen Morris Jones, author of A Bloom of Bones and A Quiet Place of Violence:
“When multinational companies aspire to tear through one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world for the sake of the gold underneath, the only civilized response is outrage. And if you’re a writer, an artist, the most natural corollary to outrage is creation. Building something beautiful in the face of a prospect that is unspeakably ugly. With Unearthing Paradise, some of the best writers in the Rocky Mountain West come together to speak against the possibility of gold mines in Montana’s Paradise Valley and the border of Yellowstone National Park. An urgent and compelling call to arms as well as a significant work of art in its own right, Unearthing Paradise is a must read for anyone who cares about Montana, about the greater Yellowstone ecosystem or the simple justice of preserving an invaluable public resource against private exploitation.”

David James Duncan, author of The Brothers K and My Story as Told by Water:
Unearthing Paradise is a treasure trove of courage and heart by the blessed rabble who inhabit and love the valley it was no stretch to name Paradise. This holy portal into Yellowstone, like its wildlife, trout, birds, and people, is threatened but unbroken. May Americans, sundered though we are, unite in the name of our great park and its river and drive the threat out.”

David Quammen, author of Yellowstone: A Journey through America’s Wild Heart:
“Montana has given enough, enough, by way of mining. Gold glitters, gold buys, but gold is otherwise useless. Landscape is far more precious—especially Yellowstone landscape. These fine writers remind us how and why.”

Callan Wink, author of Dog Run Moon:
Unearthing Paradise brings together a cast of distinguished voices lending their words in defense of one of the most remarkable landscapes in the nation. Paradise Valley is a dynamic, ecologically diverse, magnificent, and above all, fragile, resource. This anthology provides many perspectives on the necessity of untrammeled wild spaces and will exist as an important bastion of resistance in the face of increasing destructive threats.”

Pete Fromm, author of If Not for This and Indian Creek Chronicles:
“The most important book you’ll buy this year, or maybe any other, Unearthing Paradise, is not only a call to action, it’s a beauty in its own right. Calling together so many of Montana’s writers, how could it not be?  In this day, when so much is threatened by so many, I hope that beauty can, for once, override a bit of the greed. Get it, pass it around, spread the word, let Unearthing Paradise be an awakening, not a swan song.”

Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air:
“If you believe as I do that literature is made of earth and water magically quickened by the human spirit, here is a beautiful, urgent, elemental expression of that idea. The writers here are on a mission: to save a sacred place that made their souls from terrible forces that, sadly, have so souls. Their words are worthy of that high calling and your own soul will thank you as you take them in. A book that had to be written and must be read.”

Todd Wilkinson, The Bullseye:
“As a work that celebrates wild Montana and the fact that many things are worth far more than a gold necklace or bouillon stashed away by doomsdayists, Unearthing Paradise features work from a sterling lineup of writers and poets.”

Chris La Tray, Missoula Independent:
“We are a community that shares an enormous wealth in public lands, and Unearthing Paradise is a solid effort to rally us to protect them.”

Northport Bookstore News:
“A call to arms at a time when public natural resources are more than ever in need of protection from destructive private exploitation. You don’t want to miss this book.”

Doug Hare, Explore Big Sky:
“Give this book a chance and 32 of Montana’s most talented wordsmiths will reveal that the aesthetic, cultural, economic and environmental value of the Greater Yellowstone region far exceeds whatever we can get from beneath its surface.”

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