An Evening with Neltje, Wyoming Artist, Writer and Philanthropist: North of Crazy: A Memoir by Neltje
Livingston, Thursday, April 27, 7pm, Elk River Books
Bozeman, Tuesday, May 2, 7pm, Country BookShelf
She was born Neltje Doubleday, yet for years she has used no last name and goes solely by Neltje. Her grandfather started Doubleday Page, which over the years became Doubleday Publishing. Her father Nelson, Doubleday, expanded the company and hoped his son Nelson would follow his father’s passion.
The life she recounts in her memoir NORTH OF CRAZY (St. Martin’s Press, 2016, $25.99) is one of great passion, sadness, determination, and courage.
Her story also showcases her extraordinary attachment to the natural world, “My cabin here at the base of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming fronts on the rising sun yet allows me to watch light fall behind the granite peaks each evening from my living room chair.” Neltje is an abstract expressionist painter having exhibited throughout the Rockies to the sands of Florida. Her latest interest has been in painting huge canvases, ten foot high by thirty feet long evoking her emotional response to the natural world. She's now 82 and plans to go on 108.
Neltje spends her weekends on the Little North Fork of Crazy Woman Creek in Wyoming. NORTH OF CRAZY is a memoir as unconventional and courageous as its author.