Author Jeremy Evans visits the Vail public library Wednesday
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado – The town of Vail Public Library will present author and snowboarder Jeremy Evans during a book signing and discussion at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library’s community room. Evans is author of “In Search of Powder A Story of America’s Disappearing Ski Bum.”
“In Search of Powder” is Evans’ first book and its publication follows an eight-year newspaper career as a sports writer. His sports and outdoors writing in the Lake Tahoe area garnered numerous awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and Nevada Press Association.
In his book, Evans looks at several prominent ski towns in the West and the ski bums who either flourished in them or fled from them. He chronicles the American West transformed by rising real estate costs, an immigrant workforce, misguided values and corporate-owned resorts. The story he tells is that of quintessentially American characters – rejecting materialism, taking risks, following their own path – and of the glories and pitfalls their lifestyle presents.
“I’ve known a lot of ski bums in my time,” says Jo Norris, librarian. “I almost became one myself, but now I have a legitimate job and one that allows some time off for skiing. But I’m interested in a culture that is so inherent in many of Colorado’s ski towns.”
Jeremy Evans’ work has appeared in regional and national magazines, including Skiing and Powder, and in newspapers such as the Seattle Times, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Tacoma News Tribune.
An avid mountaineer and snowboarder, Evans grew up skiing in Arizona, where, sadly, he wore jeans on the slopes. He switched to snowboarding after moving to Lake Tahoe. Before his daughter was born, he was snowboarding, on average, 85 days each winter, with a personal record of 108 during the 2006-’07 season. On powder days, you can find him at Kirkwood – or changing diapers.
He’s traveled extensively throughout the mountains of North America, South America and Europe. Although he’s biased toward California’s Sierra Nevada, his favorite climbing spot is Peru’s Cordillera Blanca.
Books will be available for purchase at the event. The event is free of charge. For more information call 970-479-2179 or visit http://www.vaillibrary.com.
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