Well-known adventurer to be in GJ
Adventurer Craig Childs’ life and work have led to comparisons with Henry David Thoreau and Edward Abbey, but on a more global level.
The Colorado author of “House of Rain: Tracking a Vanishing Civilization Across the American Southwest,” “Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession” and, most recently, “Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth” has “traveled the world studying deserts, from the driest Chile to the cold arid Arctic, contemplating the buildup and breakdown of civilizations, and how the earth recreates itself,” according to a news release from the Western Colorado Writers’ Forum.
Childs will talk about his travels, studies and books in a multi-media presentation titled “House of Rain: Adventures Around the World in Search of Water” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the University Center Ballroom at Colorado Mesa University. The event is sponsored by the forum.
Advance tickets cost $10.50 and can be purchased at westerncoloradowriters.org and Crystal Books and Gifts, 439 Main St. Tickets at the door will cost $12.
Childs, who is on a 20-city book tour for his 13th book, “Apocalyptic Planet,” also will speak to students at Grand Junction High School on Friday, Nov. 2, and will sign books at noon Saturday at Grand Valley Books, 350 Main St.
Along with authoring books, Childs is a commentator for “Morning Edition” on NPR and his writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Outside magazine and the High Country News. “His subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to U.S. border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet and Patagonia,” the forum news release said.
Childs’ website is houseofrain.com.