Park City Library, Summit County Library, Dolly’s Bookstore, and Utah Humanities are pleased to announce this year’s One Book One Community read—Pam Houston’s 2019 memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country. The Park City community is encouraged to read Deep Creek and come together in the fall to meet the author and hear her talk.
About the Book
“There is so much beauty, wisdom, and truth in this book, I felt the pages almost humming in my hands. I was riveted and enlightened, inspired and consoled. This is a book for all of us, right now.”
—Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
At 31 years old, fresh off a tour promoting her first collection, Cowboys Are My Weakness , Pam Houston had “no job, no place to lie except my North Face tent.” On an impulse and a good instinct, she spent her royalties on a 120 acre ranch near Creede, Colorado. It was more than she could afford, and required more maintenance than she could manage. And yet, 25 years later, it’s the piece of land that’s defined the largest part of her life. Deep Creek t ells the remarkable story of “that girl who dared herself to buy a ranch, dared herself to dig in and care for it, to work hard enough to pay for it, to figure out what other people mean when they use the world ‘home.”’
About the Author
Pam Houston is a former resident of Park City and attended grad school at the University of Utah. She is the author of Contents May Have Shifted, Cowboys Are My Weakness Waltzing the Cat Sight Hound , and a collection of essays,  A Little More About Me . 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 co-founded the literary nonprofit  Writing By Writers , is  professor of English at UC 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.
To Read the Book
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country is available as an immediate “on demand” e-book through both libraries—no holds. To get started with e-reading, visit Park City Library's downloadables webpage. Dolly’s Bookstore also has plenty of copies available for curbside pickup or shipment.
Mark Your Calendar for the Author's Visit
Author Pam Houston will be in town to discuss her book on Thursday, September 10th, 7:00 p.m., at Park City Library. She will also lead a writer’s workshop, earlier in the day, at the Summit County Library, Kimball Junction Branch.