Book notes, July 30, 2017

Fruita bookstore hosts book launch

There will be a book launch event for author Aline LaForge’s new book “Hooked by the Stars” from 7–9 p.m. Thursday at Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, 138 S. Park Square, No. 202, in Fruita.

This event was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but was switched to Thursday to allow special guest, poet Frank H. Coons, to attend, according to the event’s Facebook information.

“Hooked by the Stars” is about two Hawaiian girls born thousands of years apart and draws from historical events, the Facebook page says.

Workshop topic: productive writing


Get some tips for becoming a more productive writer through an upcoming writing workshop.

“The Productive Writer” with Alissa Johnson will be from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mesa County Libraries’ Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St.

Johnson is a writer and the associated editor at the Crested Butte News and has taught at Western State Colorado University and Western Connecticut State University.

During the workshop, Johnson will “identify the top three ways (writers) make it harder than it needs to be and cover the shifts in thinking that make writers feel confident and be more productive,” according to a news release.

The workshop is free, however registration is requested by at

Two authors featured at ‘Off the Shelf’


Two local authors will be featured at the next “Off the Shelf Author Series” event.

Judy Harrington and Marcella Martyn will read some of their poetry during the event from 6–7 p.m. Thursday at Crystal Books and Gifts, 439 Main St.

Harrington owns the therapeutic bodywork business A Light Touch and is the author of “The Gift.” The title of her presentation is “Tales from the Zany Life of an Animal Communicator.”

Martyn is the author of “Heaven and Nature Speak,” “I Am Here: Channeled Wisdom for Changing Times” and “New Ages and Other Wonders.” Her talk is called “An Enlightened View of the Natural World.”

For information about the event, go to or call 242-5181.


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