Best-selling writers travel to Steamboat for Spring Author Series
February 28, 2012
Spring Author Series schedule
March 8: C.J. Box
April 5: Craig Childs
May 11: Helen Thorpe
Events are at 6:30 p.m. at Bud Werner Memorial Library and are free.
Steamboat Springs — Bud Werner Memorial Library's first-ever Spring Author Series will bring to Steamboat Springs three renowned writers who all have ties to the mountain lifestyle and Colorado.
But library adult programs coordinator Jennie Lay said they weren't looking for a common thread; it just happened to work out that way.
"We were looking for a great free community author series, something that's really different than Literary Sojourn but is of equal caliber," Lay said.
The series begins a week from Thursday with C.J. Box, a Wyoming native and Western writer who will talk about "Life and Writing in the Mountain Time Zone."
And Box has a wealth of experience in both. The author of 13 novels has cracked the New York Times Best Seller list and earned an Edgar Allan Poe Award, among other accolades. Outside the realm of writing, he's worked as a ranch hand, a surveyor and a fishing guide, feeding his love for the great West and the great outdoors.
"Maybe we're going to bring a different crowd into the library," Lay said. Box is the author of the popular Joe Pickett mystery novel series. But she's wondering how he balances his outdoor passion with his prolific writing career.
"It'll be interesting to hear how he gets it done," she said.
Craig Childs is another author exemplary of the Colorado mountain lifestyle. The author of more than a dozen titles intertwines science and history with his narrative accounts of nature at its wildest.
"He's an exceptional writer about science and the environment, adventure and archaeology," Lay said about Childs, who lives off the grid in central Colorado. "He's exploring worlds that lots of us here are very interested in."
Helen Thorpe, writer and wife of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, closes the series May 11 with a talk relating to her first book, "Just Like Us."
Though her journalistic works have appeared in the New Yorker, New York magazine and on National Public Radio, her first book is a long-form piece delving into the issue of immigration. In "Just Like Us," Thorpe uses a narrative style to detail the lives of four young Mexican women living in the United States. Two of them have legal documentation, and the other two do not.
"She's a stand-alone, top-notch journalist in her own right," Lay said. "She's tackled a really important and compelling issue."
Books by all three authors will be available at Bud Werner Memorial Library, and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore will be selling copies, as well.
"There's not a bad read in all of this," Lay said.
"I love having authors in Steamboat. I'm always so inspired to read and write and hear about how they get this amazing job of telling stories done on such a big scale."
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com
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