|Tickets for Sale at Maria's Bookshop
San Juan Citizen's Alliance's
Animas River Days
Smiley Theater Fri, 6/8, 6:00
Animas Music Festival
St. Columba Church
Sat, 6/9, 7:00
Here in Durango, we start 'em young. As soon as local kids can walk (and sometimes even earlier) they're hiking the trails, riding their bikes, boating the river, rock climbing and skiing. We grow and attract world-class athletes, and getting out into the wilderness it a key part of life for many of us. And so it's no surprise to notice that our June events schedule is filled with books that celebrate that love of wilderness and adventure.
Next Wednesday, it's a book signing with local Maureen Keilty for the release of her freshly updated guidebook Best Hikes with Kids: Colorado (featuring some very enthusiastic and adorable local kids on the cover). The following Monday, we'll host a book signing and dinner with two mountaineering heroes and the co-author of Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day. More on both below.
On June 26th, Terry Tempest Williams joins us at the Durango Arts Center in celebration of her gorgeous new book When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice. Williams' meditations on wilderness have won her legions of dedicated fans over the years since she debuted with Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, and her latest work is a stunning companion to that earlier book. Tickets are going fast and seating is limited. Buy yours here on our website or in the shop.
One other piece of event-related news: we're sponsoring our Books for Blood drive in conjunction with the fine folks at United Blood Services next Thursday, June 14th from 3:00 to 6:30. Need a little motivation to become a donor? We'll give you a free book from our secret stash of publisher galleys as well as a pint of ice cream to sweeten the deal! Make your appointment here.
We know it's not officially summer until the 20th, but it sure feels like it's already here, with Men Who Grill last weekend, Animas River Days this weekend, Daddyfest the next and the kids out of school. Hope you're all finding a shady spot and a good book in between your wilderness adventures!
Best Hikes with Kids: Colorado
Wednesday, June 13th
Now that school's out, it's time to get those kiddos outside! Be sure to pack along the new, updated version of our favorite family-friendly hiking guide, Best Hikes with Kids: Colorado, written by Durango local Maureen Keilty and filled with fun photos by her husband Dan Peha. See those cuties on the cover? Yep, they're Durango natives.
Join us for the release party and hear about the best trails around the state, plus seasoned hiker Keilty's advice about how to make hiking with kids fun, educational and safe.
|Buried in the Sky:|
The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2's Deadliest Day
Book Signing and Dinner
Monday, June 18th
book signing at 6:30, dinner at 7:30
|Dr. Eric Meyer and Sherpa Chhiring Dorje|
We are honored to welcome 12-time Everest summiter Sherpa Chhiring Dorje to Durango along with Dr. Eric Meyer and author Amanda Padoan for a special book signing and dinner in celebration of the new book Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa climbers on K2's Deadliest Day. Dorje performed a harrowing rescue on K2 on the fateful day in 2008 when 11 climbers died, and Meyer was the expedition doctor who treated the survivors.
|Photo of Padoan courtesy of Pasang Lama, taken at Planters Club, Darjeeling, with oxygen bottles from the ill-fated 1924 Everest expedition|
Dorje, Meyer and Padoan will attend both the book signing here at the shop and the ticketed buffet dinner afterwards at The Himalayan Kitchen, just a few doors away. Tickets for the dinner are available here on our website or in the shop. Seating is limited to 25. Dinner is $18, and dinner and a signed book is $40 (saving you $7 on the cost of the book!).
Buried in the Sky explores the intersecting lives of Chhiring Dorje and Pasang Lama, following them from their villages high in the Himalaya to the slums of Kathmandu, across the glaciers of Pakistan to K2 Base Camp. When disaster strikes in the Death Zone, Chhiring finds Pasang stranded on an ice wall, without an axe, waiting to die. The rescue that follows has become the stuff of mountaineering legend. At once a gripping, white-knuckled adventure and a rich exploration of Sherpa customs and culture, Buried in the Sky re-creates one of the most dramatic catastrophes in alpine history from a fascinating new perspective.
Please join us for this special event--and make sure your mountaineering friends know about this amazing opportunity to meet Sherpa Chhiring Dorje and Dr. Eric Meyer! Thank you to our friends at Southwest Adventure Guides for co-sponsoring.
CAN'T MAKE IT?
If you'd like an autographed book from any of our author events, please call us at 970.247.1438
to pre-pay and we'll have a copy signed for you.
Signed books make great gifts!
Maria's Bookshop is a locally-owned, independent bookstore serving the Durango community since 1984.
Open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day at 960 Main Avenue and 24 hours a day at www.mariasbookshop.com.