June 2014

In In Velvet event in Los Angeles
with the Yellowstone Park Foundation

The Yellowstone Park Foundation, Rare Bird Books, and I are inviting interested readers to join us on Thursday, June 26, at the Will Rogers State Historic Park. The program will feature noted Montana wildlife photographer Tom Murphy presenting photographs of grizzly bears in Yellowstone Park, a presentation that I will make about the release of my thriller In Velvet, a novel set in Yellowstone Park, and introductions by Karen Kress, president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, and Tyson Cornell, publisher of Rare Bird Books.

View the PDF e-vite.

I am donating a portion of all proceeds from In Velvet to the Yellowstone Park Foundation for a grizzly bear preservation initiative. Our event is about providing awareness, education, and fundraising for this important cause.

About Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy was raised on a 7500 acre cattle ranch in western South Dakota. This experience taught him more than he wanted to know about cattle and convinced him that he didn’t want to chase cows for the rest of his life, but it also provided him with invaluable lessons in animal behavior and a deep love for clean, wide open land.

Tom graduated with honors from Montana State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Anthropology. He spent many years combining photography with archeological field work, locating, recording, and testing historic and prehistoric sites on the northwest plains.
Tom’s interest in photography began in 1972. In 1978 he established a professional career in photography when he moved to Livingston, Montana and built a studio there.

His photographic passion and specialty is Yellowstone National Park. Since 1975 he has traveled extensively within its 3400 square miles, hiking thousands of miles and skiing on hundreds of extended overnight trips in the backcountry. He has skied across the park twice, once on a 14 day solo trip. Two things motivate him to travel carrying a heavy backpack, a desire to see Yellowstone’s wilderness backcountry, and to photograph the behaviors of free roaming wildlife and the colors, shapes, and textures of the land.

About the Yellowstone Park Foundation

Since its inception in 1996, the Yellowstone Park Foundation has raised more than $70 million and funded more than 250 important projects and initiatives in Yellowstone, including:

  • restoring the LEED Certified Old Faithful Haynes Photo Shop, creating a place to share YPF's story of stewardship in the Park, while inspiring new stewards
  • a $15 million capital campaign to fund the state-of-the-art Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, which opened in August 2010
  • support of the Yellowstone Wolf Project, since 1996 providing funds for critical monitoring activities and research on wolves' impact on the entire ecosystem
  • a million-dollar landscape restoration of historic Artist Point
  • multi-year funding of research to support native cutthroat trout restoration and conservation in Yellowstone
  • more than 100 miles of trails rehabilitated through the $2-millionTrails Fund Initiative, with a goal of completing 100% of Yellowstone's most heavily used trails by 2016 — the 100th birthday of the National Park Service
  • financial support to preserve and care for the Park's several-million-piece museum collection of rare art, documents, photographs, and specimens
  • excavation and preservation of artifacts from eroding, prehistoric archeological sites

About Will Rogers Historic State Park

In the early 1930s, Will Rogers was the most popular and highest paid actor in Hollywood. From his start in vaudeville theater with a trick roping act, he rose to world-wide fame as a columnist, philosopher, radio personality, and movie star. During the 1920s, he bought land in Santa Monica, where he developed a ranch. Eventually, Will Rogers owned 186 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in what is now known as Pacific Palisades.

The ranch became the place where Will Rogers could relax with his family and friends, pursuing his favorite pastimes of riding and roping. At his untimely death in a plane crash in 1935, Will Rogers's ranch consisted of a 31-room ranch house, a stable, corrals, riding ring, roping arena, polo field, golf course, and hiking trails. His widow, Betty, in 1944 gave the ranch to California State Parks and it became a state historic park.

Will Rogers Home

Tom Murphy

Wildlife photographer Tom Murphy.