September 2009:
With book festival season upon us,
we celebrate several of our books that will be showcased at national and regional festivals. In addition to our regular monthly features, we introduce you to two wildlife photographers whose work graces our new board book series for babies and toddlers. Thanks for reading!

Also in this issue:
Book Festivals
Featured Photographer
Win Stuff!
Robert’s Sketchbook
In Memoriam
Chrysti the Wordsmith
Meet the Staff
The Buzz
Save the Date

Book Festivals
Bug Feats of Montana was chosen by the Montana State Library as the lone book representing the state at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on September 26. Click here to learn more about the festival, which takes place on the National Mall and is hosted by the Library of Congress.

Bug Feats of Montana, by Deborah Richie Oberbillig, will also be featured at the Montana Festival of the Book, along with Montana Chillers: 13 True Tales of Ghosts and Hauntings, by Ellen Baumler, and Yellowstone’s Hot Legends and Cool Myths, by Robert Rath. The fest takes place in downtown Missoula, Montana, October 22-24. This year’s headliner is NPR humorist and author David Sedaris. Click here for more information.

Sarah Carter will discuss her new book Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One’s Own at the Helena Book Festival, September 24-26 in Helena, Montana.


Featured Photographer
Meet Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski, wildlife photographers for our new series of board books for babies and toddlers.

Glacier Babies
Rocky Mountain Babies
Yellowstone and Grand Teton Babies

Favorite place to buy books:
The Tattered Cover in Denver. Nothing beats looking for books the old-fashioned way, and Tattered Cover staff is the best.

Favorite quotes:
"There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are." —Ernest Haas

"There are no rules for good photography. There are only good photographs" —Ansel Adams

What would you be doing if you weren't photographers?
Wendy: wildlife researcher
Bob: archaeologist

To view the work of Wendy and Bob, visit their website at

Win Stuff!
Congratulations to Leon Allgire of Boise, Idaho, winner of last month’s drawing. Leon’s prize of choice was a hardcover edition of the popular Or Perish in the Attempt by Dave Peck.

Enter our September drawing to win the book of your choice from Just send us an email at [email protected] by September 14, and we’ll enter your name in our monthly drawing. Be sure to type “September drawing” in the subject line.

Robert's Sketchbook
Illustrator Robert Rath shares some recent drawings from his sketchbook.
Click on the image below or HERE to see in full size.

To view the work of illustrator Robert Rath, visit his website at

Check out his latest books, Bug Feats of Montana and Yellowstone's Hot Legends and Cool Myths.

In Memoriam

We are saddened to report that on August 2, 2009, a favorite customer and longtime friend Irene Shafer, of Hungry Horse, Montana, passed away at home after a short battle with cancer.

Irene, along with her husband of 64 years, Vaughn, owned and operated the Hungry Horse Corral gift shop. We miss you, Irene.

Chrysti the Wordsmith
Chrysti the Wordsmith explains the origins of an oft-used phrase in Verbivore’s Feast, Second Course: More Word and Phrase Origins.

Apple of my eye
The expression “apple of my eye” is a linguistic marker of something cherished with the greatest regard. Sons and daughters are often the apples of their parents’ eyes. Sweethearts, too, may use this fond phrase.

The phrase is an ancient one, appearing in print as early as A.D. 885. It reflects the ancient belief that the eye’s pupil was not just circular but spherical, like any type of round fruit…say, an apple.

The pupil, or “apple” of the eye, the essential seat of vision, is precious and fragile and must be cherished and protected. We shield our faces and close our eyes when physically threatened, reflexively guarding our vision. So, whoever is as precious to us our eyesight is metaphorically the apple of our eye.

Also available is Verbivore’s Feast: A Banquet of Word and Phrase Origins.

Chrysti the Wordsmith is produced at KGLT-FM on the campus of Montana State University and is heard on Yellowstone Public Radio, Montana Public Radio, and Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.


It's book signing season! Our authors, photographers, and illustrators are available for book signings and other events. Promotional materials are available. Just give us a call at 1-800-821-3874.

Give Us a Holler!

We love hearing from you! If you have anything to share related to Farcountry Press books, please send us an email at [email protected].

Meet the StaffNAME: Martin Landry
JOB TITLE: Warehouse Assistant
DID YOU KNOW: With a passion for geology and mining history, Martin coordinates field trips for the local mineral club.

The Buzz Header
New Releases
Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One’s Own
Edited by Sarah Carter

Glacier Babies
Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski

Rocky Mountain Babies
Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski

Yellowstone and
Grand Teton Babies

Wendy Shattil and Bob Rozinski

Coming in October
Montana Chillers: 13 True Tales of Ghosts and Hauntings
By Ellen Baumler

August Bestsellers

1. Who Pooped in the Park?
    Grand Canyon National Park

2. Who Pooped in the Park?
    Yellowstone National Park

3. Born Wild in Glacier
    National Park

4. Who Pooped in the Park?
    Great Smoky Mountains
    National Park

5. Olympic National Park

Get Your Catalog
Click HERE for a copy of our 2009 catalog.
Farcountry Press Catalog
Photo by Donald M. Jones,

Save the Date Header
Book Signings
Helena Festival of the Book
June 24 (time TBD)

Holter Museum of Art
12 East Lawrence Street
Helena, MT

Historian and author Sarah Carter discusses her new book Montana Women Homesteaders: A Field of One’s Own.

National Book Festival
June 26, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The National Mall,
between 7th and 14th streets

Meet authors and celebrate books!

September 5, 10 a.m. to noon
Portage Sunrise Cafe
113 East Cook Street
Portage, WI

Nancy Schumm-Burgess signs Wisconsin Barns.

September 26, 10 a.m. to noon
RR1 Popcorn Store
101 Highway 18
Montfort, WI

Nancy Schumm-Burgess signs Wisconsin Barns.
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