Book notes, Oct. 30, 2016

Library celebrating NaNoWriMo

Mesa County Libraries is throwing a party for the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

At 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library, Fifth Street and Grand Avenue, the NaNoWriMo Kickoff Discussion and Party will feature a “inspirational panel” with authors Renee Collins, James Van Pelt and Shannon Maynard. Listen to the discussion, ask a question and then get started on your own novel.

NaNoWriMo encourages everyone to take the time to write a novel in 30 days. The Central Library will host gatherings during November to help writers stay motivated.

The Teen Writing Group will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Mondays in the library’s Community Room.

The Adult Writing Group will meet from 1:30–4:30 p.m. on Sundays at the library.

Meet with others for NaNoWriMo

For those looking for additional NaNoWriMo gatherings during November, there are a couple places online to check for times and locations where writers are meeting.

Check for information at the Grand Junction Writers’ MeetUp page:

Also look up “Grand Junction Writers” and “Grand Junction Colorado NaNoWriMo Group” on Facebook.

For general information about NaNoWriMo, go to

Museum hosts author event


A number of regional authors will be featured at an Authors’ Party and Book Signing hosted by Museum of the West.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of the museum, 462 Ute Ave., meet authors and get books personalized and signed. Light refreshments will be served.

Authors set to be at the event include:

■ David P. Bailey — “Distant Treasures in the Mist: A Western Colorado Adventure.”

■ Judy Blevins — “Double Jeopardy,” “The Legacy” and “Swan Song.”

■ Sally Crum — “The Night the Stars Fell,” “People of the Red Earth: American Indians of Colorado,” “Race to the Moonrise” and “Race to the River.”

■ Robert B. Elliot — “Real Glider Replicas,” “Build and Fly the First Flyers” and “Inventing Flight.”

■ June Marie Favre — “Begin Where You Are.”

■ Steve and Denise Hight — “Legendary Locals of Fruita.”

■ Nicole Inman — “Images of America: Plateau Valley.”

■ Curtis Martin — “Ephemeral Bounty: Wickiups, Trade Goods, and the Final Years of the Autonomous Ute.”

■ Patricia Martin — “A Meadow Lark Calling.”

■ Carroll Multz — “Justice Denied,” “Deadly Deception,” “The Devil’s Scribe,” “The Chameleon” and “Shades of Innocence.”

■ Anthony Prinster — “The History of City Market: The Brothers Four and the Colorado Back Slope Empire.”

Two poets highlighted on tour


Poets Phil Woods of Denver and Jill Burkey of Grand Junction are next up on the Traveling Gourds tour.

The two will give presentations of their work at four stops on the tour: 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Telluride Arts Offices in Telluride; 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cimarron Books in Ridgway; 5 p.m. Wednesday at Zona Colona Coffee in Colona and 7 p.m. Thursday at Lithic Bookstore & Gallery, 138 S. Park Square, No 202, in Fruita.

Burkey won the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize in 2015, her poems have appeared in a number of publications, and she is working on her first collection of poetry, “Between.”

Woods currently performs with the Denver-area Romero Theater Troupe and formerly was part of The Free Radical Railroad, a poetry performance group, with James Taylor III and Michael Adams. His latest book of poetry is “To Understand: New and Selected Poems.”


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