The Record Exchange and Rediscovered Bookshop are proud to present Josh Ritter live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St. in Downtown Boise) on Friday, Aug. 12. This special book reading, solo musical performance and signing will begin at 8 p.m. (Note: The Record Exchange will close at 7 p.m. to set up for the event.)

Wristbands guaranteeing admission to the event are available at The Record Exchange and Rediscovered Bookshop (180 N. 8th St. in Downtown Boise).

Customers will receive two wristbands with purchase of a Josh Ritter bundle ($34.99)* that includes a copy of his debut novel, Bright’s Passage, and a Bright’s Passage American Apparel T-shirt.
*while supplies last

Customers will receive one wristband with the purchase of any one of the following items*:

Bright’s Passage book ($22)
Bright’s Passage American Apparel T-shirt ($18)
So Runs the World Away album ($14.99 CD, $17.99 vinyl)
The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter album ($9.99 CD)
The Animal Years Deluxe Edition album ($14.99 CD, $17.99 vinyl)
Hello Starling Deluxe Edition album ($14.99 CD, $17.99 vinyl)
Golden Age of Radio Deluxe Edition album ($14.99 CD)
Josh Ritter album ($11.99 CD)
In the Dark: Live at Vicar Street mini-album ($8.99 CD)
Live at the 9:30 Club mini-album ($7.99 CD)
Live at The Record Exchange mini-album ($6.99 CD)
To the Yet Unknowing World mini-album ($5.99 CD)
4 Songs Live mini-album ($5.99 CD)
*while supplies last


The novel follows a young, widowed veteran of the First World War, Henry Bright, as he and his infant son, along with an unlikely guardian angel, flee from a forest fire and Bright’s cruel in-laws. Shifting between their strange journey through West Virginia’s hickory-canopied foothills, Bright’s harrowing memories of the trenches of France, and recollections from his childhood, the novel is at times suspenseful and kinetic, quiet and eerie, and often humorous.


“Josh Ritter is already one of the country’s most accomplished songwriters. Based on the heartbreaking, luminous Bright’s Passage, he may become one of our most accomplished novelists as well.” — Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River and Shutter Island

“An adventure story with the penetrating emotional colors of a fable; a myth-like survival quest with the convincing texture of a movie; a good read that stays in the memory.” — Robert Pinsky

“A perfect marriage of the miraculous and the mundane, Bright’s Passage is itself something of a miracle. Combining the pull of a big ballad and the intimacy of a whispered monologue, it satisfies on every level: from its deceptively casual style and unexpected coinages to its astute psychology and emotional power. I imagine this is precisely the book every fan of Ritter’s music wanted, but Bright’s Passage is far more than that.” — Wesley Stace, author of Misfortune and Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer

“A dark, enchanting parable that reads as both a warning and a reassurance, Bright’s Passage has echoes of voices as disparate as Ron Rash, Richard Bausch, and Neil Gaiman. But, as always, Josh Ritter’s haunting, graceful work is his own. His gifts are of singular beauty, and the world of American art is fortunate to have been blessed with his talent.” – Michael Koryta, author of So Cold The River and The Cypress House

“In his debut novel Josh Ritter displays the same love of language and historical detail, the same irresistible combination of wit and earnestness, that make him such a brilliant songwriter. He’s created a genuine work of literature.” — Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher

“After earning his place as one of the most gifted songwriters of our time, Josh Ritter goes off and writes a terrific novel. Set in post-World War I Appalachia, Bright’s Passage charts the journey of a young, lost soldier, home from the war but in a sense still there. This is one of the finest first novels to come our way in a long time.” — Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco and The Gamble

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