Local bookstores offer free events this month

Signings, readings, literary battles on tap for March

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Bookstore events in March

Epilogue Book Co.

837 Lincoln Ave.

879-2665

epilogue.indiebound.com

- Today, 5 p.m. Local author Dawn Obrecht signs copies of her new book, "Mission Possible: A Missionary Doctor's Journey of Healing." The book chronicles Obrecht's work as a volunteer medical missionary in locations including Honduras, Vietnam, Indonesia and Louisiana. The book signing coincides with First Friday Artwalk.

- Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. The "Have Passport Will Travel" series focuses on trekking in Peru.

- March 18, 6:30 p.m. Ellen Stofan gives a presentation about Venus at the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus library.

- March 20, 7 p.m. Author Hal Levin signs copies of his new book, "A History of Horses Told By Horses." The book is about the connection between horses and humans throughout history.

- March 23, 7 p.m. Ernie Weiss gives a presentation about and signs copies of his book, "Out of Vienna: Eight Years of Flight from the Nazis." The presentation is at the Bud Werner Memorial Library annex.

- March 26, 7 p.m. Local drama enthusiast Stuart Handloff hosts an inaugural "playwright howl," an event similar to a poetry slam for playwrights.

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

68 Ninth St.

879-6830

www.steamboatbooks.com

- Today, 5 p.m. Local photographer Scott Hoing presents images from across Routt County. The event is part of First Friday Artwalk. Hoing's work will be on display at the store through the end of the month.

- March 21, 1 p.m. Author Hal Levin signs copies of his new book, "A History of Horses Told By Horses." The book is about the connection between horses and humans throughout history.

- March 24, 7 p.m. The bookstore hosts its monthly poetry slam. Poets are invited to bring their work to read for the honor of poetry-slam master.

— Event organizers at Steamboat Springs bookstores figure people might be looking for free things to do.

In March, Epilogue Book Co. and Off the Beaten Path Bookstore offer several free book signings, presentations, readings and literary competitions featuring local and regional authors.

Epilogue owner Erica Fogue said the more events her store books, the easier it becomes to line them up. In March, Epilogue hosts 10 signings, readings and other events, many of them building off presentation series the store started months ago.

"They're just a really fun and easy way to provide content for the community - if people come, they come," Fogue said. "It's not a huge output for us, and authors love to come up and share their work."

Kari Sandvig, of Off the Beaten Path, said the store schedules public events that will appeal to people in the community and focuses on giving store time and space to local or regional authors.

"We really try to support local authors and self-published authors, because we know it's a tough business to be in," Sandvig said.

"We just try and do things that we think are a good part of building community - the poetry slam, First Friday Artwalk - we've done coffee tasting. We just try and do our part to make Steamboat a fun place."

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