Author Pam Houston in Vail Village today |

Author Pam Houston in Vail Village today

Daily Staff Writer
Special to the DailyAuthor Pam Houston and Dante, a character in her latest book, Sight Hound. The writer will visit Vail today at the Farmers Market.

VAIL – Bestselling author Pam Houston will be appearing in Vail today.

Houston, who divides her time between her ranch outside Creede and the University of California at Davis, where she is director of the creative writing program, will be on local resort station Plum TV channel 16 at 8:30 a.m. today discussing her new book “Sight Hound.” She then will be signing books at the Farmers Market on Meadow Drive from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. She will be speaking one on one with guests at the market.

“Sight Hound,” Houston’s newest novel, is a story of a woman Rae and her dog, Dante, a wolfhound who teaches “his human” that love is stronger than fear. Dante is the catalyst for change in other characters as well, as they step forward with narratives: Rae’s house-sitter, her therapist, two veterinarians and an anxiety-ridden actor, Howard, who turns out to be as stalwart as Dante himself. As the “seer” who hunts by sight rather than smell, Dante has some things to add as does Rose, another dog who lives at Rae’s heels, and Stanley the cat. Among the above these myriad voices, Rae voices her own challenges. Here, dogs and humans are simple equal creatures, looking to connect and holding on for dear life when they do.

“Houston’s range of voices is amazing. I think she could speak for just about any creature, human or animal, on the planet, and make you love them all,” Brad Watson, author of “The Heaven of Mercury,” said.Books will be available during the Farmer’s Market at the Verbatim Booksellers tent or at Verbatim Booksellers, located behind the old Alpenrose Tearoom at 100 East Meadow Drive in Vail Village. For more information call Verbatim Booksellers at 476-3032 or visit

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