THURSDAY, AUGUST 16TH
David Rothman | Brian Palmer | 7pm
ABOUT DAVID ROTHMAN — David J. Rothman currently serves as director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Western State Colorado University, where he also directs the Poetry Concentration, edits the national journal THINK, and directs the summer conference Writing the Rockies. He is the resident poet for Colorado Public Radio and in 2012, he won the Lighthouse Beacon Award for teaching excellence. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, Appalachia, The Gettysburg Review, The Threepenny Review, and scores of other journals. His second book of poems, The Elephant’s Chiropractor, was runner-up for the 1999 Colorado Book Award. With Stanley Rothman and Stephen Powers, he has co-authored a book on film, Hollywood’s America, and his essays and book reviews appear widely. In 2013, he published two volumes of poetry: The Book of Catapults (White Violet Press) and Part of the Darkness (Entasis Press). In 2013, he also published a collection of essays, Living the Life: Tales from America’s Mountains and Ski Towns (Conundrum Press). His most recent book, published in summer 2017, is a co-edited volume in the Unsung Masters series from Pleiades Press on the Colorado Poet Belle Turnbull, including a generous selection of her work along with essays by co-editor Jeffrey Villines, Susan Spear, Uche Ogbuji, Dave Mason and George Sibley.
ABOUT BRIAN PALMER — Brian Palmer’s primary interest in his lyric and often pastoral poetry is to explore themes concerning the rise and fall (and rise) of the American West revealed by its topography, its natural history, and through the people who have settled the region. Brian is a retired teacher with a B.A. in English from Colorado State University and an MFA from Western State College University. He has lived in the western U.S for the past 38 years and currently resides in Grand Junction, Colorado.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17TH
Christa Sadler | Seeing Things Whole | 7pm
Seeing Things Whole: John Wesley Powell and an Understanding of the American West
Although most people are familiar with John Wesley Powell as the intrepid one-armed Civil War veteran who became the first European to explore the canyons of the Colorado and Green Rivers in 1869 and again in 1871-72, it is the work that Powell did following his epic journeys for which he truly should be famous. Powell understood the challenges of life in a land of little water like few others of his time, and his ideas for settlement of this region were visionary. As water becomes scarcer and more precious in the West, Powell’s ideas may provide valuable guidance for water managers at all levels in the coming decades. Join us as author and river guide Christa Sadler introduces Powell the man, the scientist, the explorer, and the policy maker from her new book, The Colorado.
ABOUT CHRISTA SADLER — Christa Sadler has worked in the outdoors in one form or another since she was young. She is a geologist, educator, writer and naturalist with a serious addiction to rivers, deserts, mountains and, at times, chocolate. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Anthropology and Archeology from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Master’s degree in Earth Sciences from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Christa’s resume includes research in archaeology, geology and paleontology across much of the globe, including searching for dinosaurs in Montana, fighting off dust storms and overly curious camels in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, and steering clear of annoyed marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands.
Her work as a naturalist and guide has taken her throughout the American Southwest as well as to Alaska, Baja California and Ecuador. She has taught introductory geology and paleontology at Northern Arizona University and Coconino Community College in Flagstaff and Prescott College, in Prescott, Arizona. Her split personality life has her teaching geology, backpacking and running rivers in the Grand Canyon and the southwest in the spring and fall, and escaping to Alaska to run rivers and work as a freelance reporter for a local newspaper in the summers. Winters are spent recovering.
Her articles and photographs have appeared in, among others, Plateau Magazine, Plateau Journal, Sedona Magazine, Sojourns and Earth Magazine. She has published There’s This River … Grand Canyon Boatman Stories, an anthology of short stories and artwork by boatmen on the Colorado River and is the author of Life in Stone, about the fossil history of the Colorado Plateau. She is currently working on a book about the geologic and fossil history of the Southwest during the beginning of the reign of dinosaurs.
Occasionally she makes it home to Flagstaff, where she lives among a large collection of rocks and fossils, all collected on the up and up.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23RD
Jonathan Thompson | River of Lost Souls | 7pm
Join author Jonathan P. Thompson at Lithic Bookstore and Gallery for a reading and discussion of his book River of Lost Souls: The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster.
When the river that his ancestors had settled next to in the 1870s turned orange with mining-related pollution in 2015, Jonathan P. Thompson knew he would write a book about it. Thompson, an award-winning investigative environmental journalist, digs into the science, politics, and greed behind the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster, and unearths a litany of impacts wrought by a century and a half of mining, energy development, and fracking in southwestern Colorado. Amid these harsh realities, Thompson explores how a new generation is setting out to make amends.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST
Lithic Book Club Discussion | Everybody Lies | 2pm
ABOUT EVERYBODY LIES — Blending the informed analysis of The Signal and the Noise with the instructive iconoclasm of Think Like a Freak, a fascinating, illuminating, and witty look at what the vast amounts of information now instantly available to us reveals about ourselves and our world—provided we ask the right questions.
By the end of an average day in the early twenty-first century, human beings searching the internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information—unprecedented in history—can tell us a great deal about who we are—the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than twenty years ago, seemed unfathomable.
Everybody Lies offers fascinating, surprising, and sometimes laugh-out-loud insights into everything from economics to ethics to sports to race to sex, gender and more, all drawn from the world of big data. What percentage of white voters didn’t vote for Barack Obama because he’s black? Does where you go to school effect how successful you are in life? Do parents secretly favor boy children over girls? Do violent films affect the crime rate? Can you beat the stock market? How regularly do we lie about our sex lives and who’s more self-conscious about sex, men or women?
Investigating these questions and a host of others, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz offers revelations that can help us understand ourselves and our lives better. Drawing on studies and experiments on how we really live and think, he demonstrates in fascinating and often funny ways the extent to which all the world is indeed a lab. With conclusions ranging from strange-but-true to thought-provoking to disturbing, he explores the power of this digital truth serum and its deeper potential—revealing biases deeply embedded within us, information we can use to change our culture, and the questions we’re afraid to ask that might be essential to our health—both emotional and physical. All of us are touched by big data everyday, and its influence is multiplying. Everybody Lies challenges us to think differently about how we see it and the world.
Lithic Bookstore & Gallery
138 S. Park Square #202
Fruita, CO 81521