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Sowilo Press









Artists Field Guide to Greater Yellowstone


Trinity University Press










Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Paradise


Elk River Books Press








An Elk River Books Reader: Livingston and Billings Area Writers


Bangtail Press








Montana Quarterly








Elk River Arts & Lectures




Montana Indie Bookstores:


Elk River Books,


Fact and Fiction,


Country Bookshelf,


This House of Books,


Montana Book Company,


Cassiopeia Books,

Great Falls

Isle of Books,


Shakespeare & Co.


Chapter One Book Store,


Tumbleweed Bookstore,




Conley’s Books & Music,


















Elise Atchison


Winner Eludia Book Award

Recipient Barbara Deming Award

Current Finalist High Plains Book Award


Sowilo Press, 2022











Watch Crazy Mountain Book Trailer created by Craig Lancaster.





The Open Mic Interview:

Richard Ehisen interviews Elise Atchison about Crazy Mountain, rebel writers, and Georgia O’Keeffe.


Kirkus Reviews Book Review:

“The author’s observant eye for nature makes her an especially adept chronicler … Each tale takes on a new character’s perspective, leaving the valley itself to serve as the book’s true protagonist. ... An elegant, eco-minded collection of tales set in a Montana valley.”


Big Sky Journal Book Review:

“Who owns the land? ... This question is often debated in the Northern Rockies at bars, cafes, and, most aggressively, on social media sites. It’s also the question posed with fervor and precision in Elise Atchison’s debut novel Crazy Mountain. ... in a swirl of voices that builds to a symphony of soul-stirring humanity.”   Marc Beaudin


Breakfast in Montana Interview:

Russell Rowland and Aaron Parrett interview Elise Atchison and discuss Crazy Mountain and Tom McGuane’s Panama.


Montana Quarterly Book Review:

Atchison’s well-thought-out characters ... go through a metamorphosis as their valley becomes unrecognizable. ... With telling, true-to-the-West descriptions, Atchison’s moving story sits heavy with a deep love for wild open spaces.” –  Jennifer Bisbing


Mountain Journal Interview:

Todd Wilkinson interviews Elise Atchison.

“We Homo sapiens have a huge task ahead of us. I think we need a major shift in the way we view our place in the larger world. ... Do we care that gentrification leads to homelessness? Do we care that the resort we want to build will wipe out wolverine habitat? The only way forward is to see ourselves as responsible parts of a larger community and act accordingly. Perhaps stories will help us get there.”





October 7, 2023: High Plains Book Festival, Billings, Montana.


September 7-10, 2023: Montana Book Festival, Missoula, Montana.


Monday, August 28, 2023: Craig Lancaster in Conversation with Elise Atchison, This House of Books, Billings, Montana, 6:30 p.m.


August, 2023.  Moderating  Elk River Writers Workshop Panel: Writing Through Trauma with Maggie Anderson and Brad Orsted, Tuesday, August 15, 1:30 – 3 pm., Chico Hot Springs, Montana.


June, 2023: Crazy Mountain is a finalist for the High Plains First Book Award. Winners announced in October.


Friday, June 30, 2023: Crazy Mountain Reading at Western Legacy Center, Whitehall, Montana.


Wednesday, June 21, 2023: Crazy Mountain One Book Big Sky discussion, Big Sky Library, Big Sky, Montana.


Thursday, June 15, 2023: Moderating Local Authors in Conversation with Maggie Anderson and Doug Peacock, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, Montana, 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, April 13, 2023: Local Authors in Conversation: Allen Morris Jones and Elise Atchison, Country Bookshelf, Bozeman, Montana, 6:00 p.m.


Saturday, February 11, 2023: Author Night at the Western Legacy Center, Whitehall, Montana, 5:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 16, 2022: Friends of Livingston Park County Public Library Fundraising Dinner with authors Doug Peacock, Cathy Raven, and Elise Atchison, Livingston Bar and Grille, Livingston, Montana.


Friday, Sept. 2, 2022: Crazy Mountain Reading at Fact and Fiction, 220 N. Higgins Ave., Missoula, Montana, 7:00 p.m.


Monday, August 8, 2022: Reading with Laura Pritchett, Camille Dungy, and Elise Atchison at Elk River Writers Workshop, Chico Hot Springs, Montana, 7:00 p.m.


June, 2022: Elise Atchison received a Montana Arts Council Artist Grant for the her second novel-in-progress.


Thursday, June 23, 2022: Book Release Party for Crazy Mountain at Elk River Books, 122 S. 2nd St., Livingston, Montana, 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022: Yellowstone Perspectives: Artists Field Guide to Yellowstone, a discussion with Katie Christiansen, Karen Reinhart, Elise Atchison, Jenni Lowe-Anker, DG House, and Diane Chalfant.







 Crazy Mountain is a powerful story about possession and dispossession. Gritty and tough and gut wrenching ... Crazy Mountain ignites a firestorm.” 

Debra Magpie Earling, author of Perma Red and The Lost Journals of Sacajewea


Crazy Mountain is a grand tale of the power of wilderness to heal wounds—scars on the land and the troubled humans who live in it. ... This is a crazy and wonderful book.”

Doug Peacock, author of Grizzly Years and Was It Worth It, filmmaker, Disabled Veteran


Crazy Mountain is “the real thing—complex, sophisticated stories of the American West ... From subdivisions to resorts to the homeless, from wilderness to ski slopes to private land, we find an accurate, sensitive, and nuanced view of rural Montana.”

Laura Pritchett, winner of PEN USA and author of The Blue Hour and Stars Go Blue


“In this artful, lyrical, deeply moving novel, Elise Atchison follows a piece of landscape through several lifetimes, capturing the dramatic complexity of the disrupted West through a full cast of characters, one lens after another. It’s a full time job, trying to make sense of the West these days. I find that this extraordinary book helps make that job a little easier.”

Allen Morris Jones, author of A Bloom of Bones and Sweeney on the Rocks


“Elise Atchison's prose is a vessel of precision and depth, unafraid to draw the reader into the more shadowed crucibles of life and help us emerge with light in our hands.” 

Shann Ray, author of American Copper and Sweetclover


“With great insight, intelligence, and intimacy, Elise Atchison explores a singular dilemma: How do we live in paradise without destroying the very thing we love? ... Crazy Mountain serves as a reminder that what we think we own may not be ours after all.”
Kim Barnes, author of In the Kingdom of Men and In the Wilderness


“I am blown away by Crazy Mountain. I knew I would like it, but I didn’t know I’d be staying up late because I can’t put it down-kind of like it. Bravo!”

Andrea Peacock, author of Libby, Montana: Asbestos and the Deadly Silence of an American Corporation and owner of Elk River Books


Crazy Mountain “accomplishes with subtlety and engaging prose what the melodramatic series "Yellowstone" can only dream of. Required reading for all Westerners (and those who dream of becoming one).”

Ken Egan, author of Montana 1889 and former director of Humanities Montana











CRAZY MOUNTAIN by Elise Atchison

Sowilo Press/Hidden River Arts, 2022

Softcover, 268 pages

ISBN# 979-8985431711