Sidewalk Signing with Buck Buchanan

Buck Buchanan will be out-front our store for a signing of his book Denni-Jo and Pinto. While you amongst either Saturday Farmers Markets, be sure to stop by!

Where did the story of Denni-Jo come from? I’m glad you asked! One day a couple of friends and I were playing music together. Some were songs I had written. This little cowgirl, named Denni-Jo came over and asked, “Can you write a song about me?” I told her I thought I could, so I found a pen and paper and started writing a few lines. When it was time for my friends and I to go, I gathered up my notes and put them in my guitar case thinking I would finish it when I got home. Later, I learned she had asked her grandmother, “When is he going to finish that song about me?” Her grandmother said, “Honey, sometimes it takes a long time to write a song.” Denni-Jo looked up at her and asked, “Do I have to be as old as you before he is finished!!!“ Well, I actually finished the song in a few weeks and played it for her the next time I saw her. After writing the song I started thinking about all the things I had seen and done growing up on a cattle ranch. I thought some of those stories might be interesting to people who were not raised on a ranch. After all, like Denni-Jo says on the very first page of the book “it doesn’t matter if you are a boy or a girl, big or small; everyone pitches in and does their share.” On a working cattle ranch, girls and boys are taught the same skills. They can ride, rope, and help look after sick livestock, all of it. That is why Denni-Jo is the main character in this book. She is a lot like the strong ranch women I have known. They all grew up learning everything required to maintain a successful ranch.

Buck Buchanan is a brand inspector and singer/songwriter in southwest Montana, where he taught eighth grade science for twenty-two years. He was raised on a cattle ranch in southwest Idaho, and this story is based on the skill set of a real cowgirl.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Event address: 
Fact and Fiction Bookstore
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
Denni-Jo and Pinto By Buck Buchanan, Christina Wald (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Buck Buchanan, Christina Wald (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781943328468
Published: Westwinds Press - June 6th, 2017