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Author presents in Eagle on Sept. 27

"An Evening with Sandra Dallas" will be presented by the Eagle County Historical Society. The renowned Colorado author will be at the Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Sandra Dallas is a best-selling author of both novels and non-fiction titles. She will do a presentation that will follow a social hour with refreshments and cash bar. She will be on hand to autograph her books, which will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $200 for groups of 10 (such as a book club). They are for sale at Eagle's Nearly Everything Store, and at the Bookworm in Edwards. Space is limited, so buy your ticket soon. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Eagle County Historical Society. For more information, contact Kathy Heicher via email at or call 328-7104.

Dallas is quite the prolific writer, and continues to publish fiction titles that are very popular with our library patrons. "Prayers for Sale" is a personal favorite of mine. Several local book clubs have read this title. We will be discussing it at our upcoming Eagle Public Library monthly book club meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24. Please join us if you have read this title and want to participate in a lively discussion!

"Prayers for Sale" presents a quiet and beautiful tale of friendship between two women in different stages of life. Hennie Comfort is 86, and her friend, 17-year-old Nit Spindle, is a new-comer to Middle Swan, Colo. This story takes place in 1936. The women initially meet when young Nit sees a "Prayers for Sale" sign in front of Hennie's home. The meaning behind this sign becomes evident as the friendship between the women grows while Hennie shares stories with her new friend. She states, "You know what a storyteller is, don't you? It's a person that has a good memory who hopes other people don't."

Hennie, who is a Civil War survivor and has lived in the high country for almost 70 years, has many tales. She tells of past adventures and personal heartbreaks while teaching Nit the art of quilting. The reader gets a definite feel for the snowy Rocky Mountains and Colorado life during the Depression. Middle Swan was an actual place in Colorado and the story was inspired by a time the author lived in Breckenridge. Dallas does such a fantastic job presenting early-day Colorado through her historical fiction, and this book is a fine example of that.

In addition to her historical fiction books, Sandra Dallas has written several non-fiction titles on Colorado history. These include a diverse range of topics relevant to our state - quilting, ghost towns and architecture, to name a few. Almost all of these are available for check-out from Eagle Valley Library District libraries. Here is a bibliography of her writings. Come by the library and check one out!

The Quilt Walk (September 2012)

True Sisters (April 2012)

The Bride's House (May 2011)

Whiter Than Snow (2010)

Prayers for Sale (2009)

New Mercies (2006)

Tallgrass (2008)

The Chili Queen (2003)

Alice's Tulips (2001)

The Diary of Mattie Spenser (1998)

The Persian Pickle Club (1996)

Buster Midnight's Cafe (1990)

The Quilt That Walked to Golden (2007)

Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps (1988)

Colorado's Homes (1986)

Gaslights and Gingerbread (1986)

Sacred Paint: Ned Jacob (1979)

Yesterday's Denver (1974)

Cherry Creek Gothic - Victorian Architecture in Denver (1971)

Vail (1969)

No more than five in a bed (1967)

Stories you may be interested in

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