Welcome to Wildwood



The new book by former Missoulians Carson Ellis and Colin Meloy landed on bookshelves today.

Wildwood sounds like what you'd expect from a book written by the lead singer of the Decemberists. It's described as "wry" and "fantastical", and "a spellbinding tale full of wonder, danger, and magic that juxtaposes the thrill of a secret world and modern city life." It also looks exactly like what you'd expect from Ellis, an immensely talented artist who's illustrated the Decemberists album covers over the years.

The book's target audience is middle-aged kids, and the story is inspired by a trail in Portland, Ore. Meloy and Ellis hatched the idea more than a decade ago, shortly after they left Missoula and before Meloy hit it big in the music business.

You can look for a full review of the book in a future dead-tree edition of the Indy. In the meantime, Willamette Week has an excerpt of the first chapter, which begins with this line:

How five crows managed to lift a twenty-pound baby boy into the air was beyond Prue, but that was certainly the least of her worries.

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