Book notes, April 22, 2012

PAM HOUSTON Participating in area raft trip, reading

Series presents raft trip, author readings

“Earth, Wind and Water” is the title of the 2012 Writers’ Forum Series that will feature visits to the Grand Valley by authors Pam Houston and Craig Childs, poet Rosemerry Wahtola-Trommer and translator Daniel Ladinsky.

Houston, whose book “Contents May Have Shifted” was released in February, will be part of a May 12 raft trip on the Colorado River through the Fisher Towers section of Professor Valley in Utah.

During the trip, Canyonlands Field Institute guides will talk about the river, wildlife, ecology and geology. At lunchtime Houston will talk about life as a writer.

All equipment and food will be provided for the day. The deadline to join the trip is April 30. Cost is $130 and includes a ticket to Houston’s reading at 7:30 p.m. May 12 in the South Ballroom of the Colorado Mesa University Center.

Information and raft trip registration may be made at

Information on Houston’s reading at the university also may be found at the website. Advance tickets to that event may be purchased online for $10 or at the door for $12.

The series will continue on July 21 with readings by Wahtola-Trommer and Ladinsky and on Nov. 3 with a presentation and reading by Childs.

‘Curses!’ author at signing


There will be a book-signing with “Curses!” author J.A. Kazimer from 2–4 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2451 Patterson Road.

Kazimer, a Front Range author, has written a grown-up fairytale in “Curses!” that entails Cinderella getting run over by a bus and a her stepsister hiring a private eye to investigate the death, according to information at


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