Book notes, Sept. 4, 2016

Gourds tour features poet, author

Denver poet and author Jacqueline St. Joan will be reading her work at several locations on a Traveling Gourds Tour this week.

Joan, along with artist and poet Richard Lowenberg, will begin the tour with a poetry reading at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Arroy’s in Telluride.

Joan will then be at readings at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cimarron Books in Ridgway, and then at 6:30 p.m. that same day she will be at the Open Mic series the Centennial Room in Building No. 1 in Centennial Plaza in Montrose.

Joan will end the tour with a poetry reading at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lithic Bookstore in Fruita. John Nizalowski of Grand Junction also will read at this event.

Joan’s first novel, “My Sisters Made of Light,” was a finalist for the 2011 Colorado Book Award in literary fiction, and she is co-editor of “Beyond Portia: Women, Law, and Literature in the United States,” according to a news release.

“What Remains,” Joan’s first book of poems, is being published by Turkey Buzzard Press.

Two authors speak at Off The Shelf


Local writers Lucinda Stein and Heather Portenier will be featured at the next Off the Shelf Author Series event at Crystal Books and Gifts.

The event will be from 6–7 p.m. Thursday at the store at 439 Main St.

Stein, author of “Spiral of Darkness” and “Sanctuary,” will talk about creating a novel out of a Colorado urban legend, according to a news release.

Portenier, author of the memoir “Please Excuse the Mess,” will “discuss the hurdles and triumph of raising a special needs teen,” the news release said.

Seating for this event is limited. For information about this Off the Shelf event, go to or call 242-5181.


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