Leadville ‘Meet the Author’ Series

Leadville  ‘Meet the Author’ Series 

CMC Leadville’s Library will begin our Spring Semester Leadville ‘Meet the Author’ series on Friday, January 29, with a visit from local writer Stephanie Spong. Stephanie has been known in Leadville for some time as our local expert on the history, culture, design, costumes, and meaning of all things Steampunk, and is now also a novelist, writing as Stephanie Sorenson.

leadville 'meet the author' seriesStephanie’s first novel, Tōru: Wayfarer Returns, is also the first volume of her Sakura Steam series. It engages the reader in an alternate history of the tumultuous period from the opening of Japan to the western world in 1853 to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Revolutionary young samurai—with dirigibles!–take on the Shogun and foreign invaders in this rollicking adventure tale set against the backdrop of the historical Japan of this period.

Please join us in the Library’s reading area to hear about Stephanie’s creative process and purchase a signed copy of Tōru: Wayfarer Returns. We will have refreshments and time for a stimulating discussion of alternate histories!

“Meet the Author” events scheduled for the semester are:

leadville 'meet the author' seriesFriday, January 29, Noon-1pm
CMC Leadville Library Reading Area
STEPHANIE SPONG, writing as Stephanie Sorenson
Tōru: Wayfarer Returns (Palantir Press, 2016)
Meet local author and steampunk expert Stephanie Spong, writing as Stephanie Sorenson, as she discusses the writing and publication of her upcoming novel, Tōru: Wayfarer Returns, an alternate history of Japan from its opening to the Western world in 1853 to the Meiji Restoration in 1868—with dirigibles!

Carol Bellhouse Estate CoverFriday, February 19, Noon-1pm
CMC Leadville Library Reading Area
Estate and Legacy (Zuni Canyon Institute, 2015)
What is your legacy? Local writer, poet, playwright, and attorney Carol Bellhouse will explore this question and discuss her recent book, Estate and Legacy. In Estate and Legacy, Carol blends her talents as an estate attorney and writer to create stories with innovative approaches to end-of-life questions that provide “new ways of thinking about how to die.” She sees her readers’ legacies as extending far beyond financial estates to include their histories and wisdom.

Buchan Book CoverFriday, March 25, Noon-1pm
CMC Leadville LB 317
Western Colorado Fruit and Wine: A Bountiful History (American Palate Series, Arcadia, 2015)

Aspen author Jodi Buchan’s Western Colorado Fruit & Wine: A Bountiful History is brain food for wine, fruit, honey, lavender, and history lovers and for people who just want to learn more about what they are putting on their table and about local produce. From the origin of the Palisade peach to a West Elks AVA Riesling to a bottle of organic apple cider, Buchan tells the story of how fruit’s family tree grew in the isolated landscape of the Grand and North Fork Valleys. Western Colorado Fruit and Wine includes insights, recipes, and personal histories contributed by viticulturists, oenologists, fruit farmers, and historians. We will have samples from recipes in Jodi’s book!

Laurel and ElkFriday, April 22, Noon-1pm
CMC Leadville Library Reading Area
In Waterwight, her newest book and her first in the fantasy genre, “Leadville Laurel” McHargue asks us to “imagine a world where a young girl’s most trusted friend is a flying frog.”  Written for a young adult audience, but delightful for readers of all ages, Waterwight is a fantasy adventure set in a post-cataclysmic world in which time is somehow “off” and bizarre anomalies have been unleashed. Celeste, a 14-year-old orphan, aided by the flying frog and other mystical beings, must find the key to saving humanity from encroaching disaster.

Maness Jayhawk CoverFriday, April 29, Noon-1pm
CMC Leadville LB 317
Song of the Jayhawk: The Squatter Sovereign, Winner of the 2015 Colorado Book Award for Historical Fiction (Wooden Stake Press, 2015)
Jack Marshall Maness is a native Coloradan with deep family roots in Kansas. He is a librarian and professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder and a former employee of the Tattered Cover in Denver. “Jayhawk” now refers to a native-born Kansan but originated with “Bleeding Kansas” and free-state “Jayhawkers” who fought against pro-slavery bands from Missouri. Song of the Jayhawk, set in the 1850s, is the story of two families who struggle with “rattlesnakes, tornadoes, ice-storms, childbirth, and morality in a war-torn land” and, despite their love for one another, must decide if they are to be friends or foes.

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