Wednesday, April 18

Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

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Join author Pam Houston and preview her forth-coming book and learn about life on the ranch – trials, tribulations, joy and healing – and the greatest love story of one woman’s life.

“Twenty-five years ago I put five percent down on 120 acres of high mountain meadow near the head waters of the Rio Grande in Mineral County, Colorado. “Cowboys Are My Weakness” had just been published, I had no job and not three pages of a new book to rub together. The widow Dona Blair liked ‘the idea of me’ and so carried the note, which was a good thing because any bank would have laughed in my face. I bought the ranch for its unspeakable beauty and, if I am being perfectly honest, for the adrenaline rush buying it brought on. Little did I know that was the beginning of far and away the most successful love story of my life in terms of both longevity and lessons learned. My forthcoming book, ‘Some Kind Of Calling,’ is the story of all the ways the ranch challenged me, schooled me, healed me, held me and made me who I am. “– Pam Houston

About the Author:

Pam Houston’s most recent book is “Contents May Have Shifted,” published in 2012. She is also the author of two collections of linked short stories, “Cowboys Are My Weakness” and “Waltzing the Cat, the novel, “Sight Hound,” and a collection of essays, “A Little More About Me,” all published by W.W. Norton.

Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards.

She directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers, is professor of English at University of California-Davis, teaches in The Institute of American Indian Art’s Low-Rez MFA program, and at writer’s conferences around the country and the world.

She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.

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