Between the Covers: Noel Night @ Noon, Booksignings, 12/5

Between the Covers: Noel Night @ Noon, Booksignings, 12/5

Noel Night is happening at Noon on Wednesday, December 5, with booksignings by four popular regional authors at Telluride’s Between the Covers bookstore. Plus, pull-a-bead discounts up to 40% all day long.

In alphabetical order, among the four authors featured on Noel Night day at Between the Covers bookstore, Craig Childs holds a B.A. in Journalism from CU Boulder with a minor in Women’s Studies, and an M.A. from Prescott College in Desert StudiesHe is an Arizona native now living in western Colorado.

Winner of the 2009 Rowell Art of Adventure Award, Childs is part deep traveler, part writer who focuses on natural sciences, archaeology, and journeys into the global wilderness. He is also a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Outside, the Sun, and Orion. His subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to US border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet and Patagonia.

Childs has published more than a dozen books of adventure, wilderness, and science. His newest work, ATLAS OF A LOST WORLD: TRAVELS IN ICE AGE AMERICA, examines the dynamics of people moving into an uninhabited hemisphere in the late Pleistocene, documenting arrivals from Alaska to Florida to southern Chile. For more on that book, go here.

“Childs’s feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe inspiring: he’s a modern-day desert father,” raved The New York Times.

When he is not on a walkabout, Childs teaches writing at University of Alaska in Anchorage and the Mountainview MFA at Southern New Hampshire University.

Craig Childs, with Chris Miller, is also the featured artist at Ah Haa’s New Year’s Eve gala. (More on that here.)

Nancy B. Frank earned an M.F.A. in photo-printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving a B.F.A. in painting at Ohio Wesleyan University. She now lives and works in Telluride, Colorado.

In general, Frank paints figurative realism in acrylic on canvas, but she has worked successfully in mediums as varied as painted wooden jewelry, sculptured cakes, designed and painted furniture, as well as photography. From her travels and experiences around the world and because she is an equestrian herself, Frank originally found her passion as a painter of horses. Her latest book, UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL features images that explore the sometimes troubled, sometimes harmonious, relationship between horse and human. Frank also delves into her artistic journey and some of her own relationships with horses she has known.

Frank is also signing a children’s book titled OUR FOREST written by her father, Robert Loeffler. The story is told in rhyming verse and detailed with beautiful illustrations. “Our Forest” delves into the lives of four woodland friends as they work together to overcome whatever problems they encounter.

Amy Irvine is a sixth-generation Utahn and long-time public lands activist. Her work has been published in Orion, Pacific Standard, High Desert Journal, Climbing, Triquarterly, and other publications. Her memoir, “Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land,” received the Orion Book Award, the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, and Colorado Book Award. Her essay “Spectral Light,” was a finalist for the Pen Award in Journalism, and her recent essay, “Conflagrations: Motherhood, Madness and a Planet on Fire,” appeared among the 2017 “Best American Essays” list of notables.

Irvine teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA Program of Southern New Hampshire University, in the White Mountains of New England. She lives and writes off the grid in southwest Colorado, just spitting distance from her Utah homeland.

Irvine’s latest book is DESERT CABAL is a keening from the depths of her dust-covered soul – in the best sense. This series of essays conjures the ghost of Edward Abbey, whom the author both honors and chides, as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of his iconic “Desert Solitaire.” At once intimate and expansive, “Desert Cabal” is a reminder that individuals, even titans like Abbey, can only do so much to save the “best places.” It really does take a village (or cabal): many humans, not just one. (Go here for more on Irvine and her book.)

Leslie Sherlock moved to Telluride in her late 20’s and worked as a soda jerk at the local drug store and then as a legal secretary from 1978-1984. She went on to own and operate “Telluride Travel Connection” “Sherlock Homes & Employment.” Her political resume includes Telluride Town Council, Telluride Town Clerk and then San Miguel County Commissioner in the mid-1990’s. For the last 30 years, Sherlock has lived in Norwood, CO and worked 10 years at the Norwood Public School as the Elementary Librarian and computer teacher. She started writing children’s books after retiring from her job at the school, although she still volunteers.

In Sherlock’s latest book, THE VELVET GANG – ELLIE & HOMELESS, a little dog finds a wild starving cat in the field. It is a story of an unlikely friendship formed out of necessity for the cat to survive and for the little dog to find a friend. The story is moving and beautifully illustrated.

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