Author to sign copies of ‘Montana Eccentrics’ at Aunt Bonnie’s in Helena

Author Brian D’Ambrosio will be at Aunt Bonnie’s Books in downtown Helena 2-4 p.m. Oct. 28 to sign copies of his book, “Montana Eccentrics: A Collection of Extraordinary Montanans, Past & Present.”

The new book, “Montana Eccentrics,” by Brian D’Ambrosio

The book profiles 41 unique Montanans, D’Ambrosio said.

The characters in the 288-page book range from the world famous to the almost unknown, from opera singers to saddle makers, and from world-changing inventors to comic innovators, he said.

Many names are familiar to Montanans, but many of these eccentrics have never before been profiled, D’Ambrosio said, adding that even Montanans well-versed in Treasure State history will be surprised by some of the “remarkable characters who sprang from the state and by the exceptional, little-known free spirits who still live here.”

Two of the living subjects in the book include Helena ceramicist Chip Clawson and Helena metal artist Bill Ryder. From the past, the book includes chapters on the life of Montana club bartender Julian Anderson and roaming photographer James Presley Ball, who lived in Helena in the 1880s.

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