Friday, November 15 at 6:00pm
Join us to hear Pam Houston, author of Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country (Norton, $25.95).
“How do we become who we are in the world? We ask the world to teach us.” In her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, Pam Houston explores what ties her to the earth. A survivor of parental abuse and neglect, Houston discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her. Writing from her 120-acre homestead in the Colorado Rockies, Houston observes as elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire that threatens her century-old barn and its inhabitants. Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds, Houston learns what it means to take responsibility for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Deep Creek delivers her most profound meditations yet on how “to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief… to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive.”
Pam Houston is the award-winning author of Contents May Have Shifted and Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories (Norton, $14.95). She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA Award for Contemporary Fiction, and the Evil Companions Literary Award, as well as numerous teaching awards. Her stories have been selected for volumes of The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Short Stories of the Century among other anthologies. She is Professor of English at UC Davis and co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers.