John Clayton:

Other Books

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Montana's Enduring Frontier

Cowboy Girl






Red Lodge

Small Town Bound

Other Books

About John

West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West is a collection of essays by 66 (!) writers who live west of the 98th parallel on what the West means to them. John's contribution is the essay "The Native Home of Governors on Horseback." John is thrilled to be included in a collection of such fine literary quality.


Montana, Warts and All: The Best From Our First Decade is the first greatest-hits compilation from the Montana Quarterly magazine. It includes John's essay on Coxey's Army in Montana.

Unearthing Paradise: Montana Writers in Defense of Greater Yellowstone is an anthology aimed at assisting environmental organizations in their efforts to protect wild lands of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. It includes John's essay "Discovery of Wonder(land)."

The Elk River Books Guide to Livingston and Billings Area Writers is a local bookstore's version of a sampler plate, highlighting writers from across southern and eastern Montana. It includes John's essay "Cowboy Girl vs. Rustler."

Gary's Guide to Successful Book Signings: Including tips, tricks, and anecdotes from experienced authors and booksellers is written by author who's also an independent bookseller. But if that wasn't enough diversity of perspective, he includes thoughts from other authors, including John's essay on signing books at a local Costco.

Going Green: True Tales from Gleaners, Scavengers, and Dumpster Divers is a collection of essays by people who re-use stuff, and the ecological implications of their actions. John's contribution is the essay "Garage sales lead to deja vu all over again." Upon its release in May 2008, the book was a bestseller in Denver.



The Writer's Handbook 2007: A Practical Anthology of Best Advice for Your Craft and Career is a collection of articles to refresh and upgrade any writer's skills, with advice on craft and career development. It offers an eclectic mix of expert how-tos, short pieces on creativity, marketing, and professional issues, and other insights on being a successful writer today. John's contribution (sandwiched between Katha Pollitt and Barry Lopez!) is the essay "The Origin of Names."

National Geographic's Guide to America's Outdoors: Southern Rockies: An illustrated guide to the best nature sites in Colorado and Utah co-authored by Gary Ferguson and Maureen B. Kielty, this book describes landscapes, plants, and animals -- as well as ways for travelers to experience them.

That cover photo -- of Thor's Hammer in Bryce Canyon National Park -- is one of 150 vivid color photos by acclaimed photographer George Huey. The book covers over 55 major sites, with suggestions for guided drives and hikes, plus where to bike, camp, raft, fish, see wildlife, and more. It also includes 21 detailed, full-color maps, in the classic National Geographic tradition.

The book is unique not only for its conservation outlook but because it is broken into bioregions -- areas that share the same plant communities, and support the same life forms. Thus you not only experience sites, but appreciate habitat themes, wildlife and climate patterns, and the geological underpinnings that make them all happen. For each bioregion, the book explains the natural dynamics and presents noteworthy natural areas, parks, and preserves.

Considering a visit to Zion, Capitol Reef, the Great Sand Dunes, or Rocky Mountain National Park? Get John's take on how best to appreciate the splendor of some of America's greatest natural treasures.   

Eat Our Words: The Montana Writers Cookbook: A collection of recipes and writing samples, this book features John's award-winning Ginger Porter homebrew, as well as an excerpt from his parody, "New and Notable Books about the American West."  

Living in the Runaway West: Partisan Views from Writers on the Range: A collection of pointed and humorous essays, this book features "Harleyburly," John's story of what happens when a small mountain town is invaded by Harley Davidsons. 

John's work has also been included in several publications from the Harvard Business School Press, including: The Harvard Business School Publishing Guide to Better Business Writing, The Results-Driven Manager: Presentations that Persuade and Motivate, The HMCL Collection on Presentations, and The Manager's Guide to Effective Presentations


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