Connect with authors at the 2016 Books in Bloom on Saturday in Beaver Creek |

Connect with authors at the 2016 Books in Bloom on Saturday in Beaver Creek

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Simon Van Booy.
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If you go …

What: 2016 Books in Bloom, a celebration of readers and authors.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

Where: Pines Lodge, 141 Scott Hill Road, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $50.

More information: Visit, or call 970-949-6797.

BEAVER CREEK — Have you ever wondered about the spark that inspires a novel? Take advantage of an opportunity to meet three exceptional authors at the fifth annual Books in Bloom, presented by the Eagle Valley Library District, on Saturday, at 2 p.m. at the Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek.

The 2016 Books in Bloom lineup features nationally known and award-winning authors Simon Van Booy, Lydia Netzer and Hampton Sides, who will each present for 40 minutes about their inspiration, creative writing process and experiences as writers. This event provides an intimate environment for readers to connect with authors and one another over an appreciation for the written word.

Books in Bloom will kick off with an abundance of hors-d’oeuvres and refreshments provided by Grouse Mountain Grill. After the conclusion of the presentations, the authors will be available for book signing. Book sales will be featured on site throughout the event. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the Avon, Eagle and Gypsum public libraries, at The Bookworm of Edwards or at the event.

Can’t make it to Books in Bloom? The Eagle Valley Library District is offering an opportunity to meet the authors before the event with a casual meet-and-greet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Avon Public Library. This event is free and open to the public, with light refreshments and book signing available. Books will also be available for purchase at this event.

About the authors

• Van Booy is the author of “The Illusion of Separateness,” a national best-seller; “Everything Beautiful Began After, Love Begins in Winter,” winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; and “The Secret Lives of People in Love.” His latest collection of stories, “Tales of Accidental Genius,” was published in November, and his newest novel, “Father’s Day,” was released in February.

He is the editor of three philosophy books, “Why We Fight,” “Why We Need Love” and “Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter.” His essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, The Guardian and ELLE Men (China). He has also written for the stage, National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Corp.

• Netzer’s first novel, “Shine Shine Shine,” was a New York Times Notable Book for 2012 and a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. Her second novel, “How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky,” is about a pair of astrophysicists destined (through their mothers’ planning) to fall in love.

Netzer has also published an original e-novella, “Everybody’s Baby,” about a couple that funds their fertility treatment with Kickstarter and then has to pay up on perks such as naming the baby and cutting the cord.

“I don’t know what my genre is actually called, but I’m pretty sure that it’s full to the brim with love stories about science, motherhood, sex and death,” she writes on her website. “I write what I do because I want to make happy endings for my characters, to fix their terrible lives.”

• Sides is the author of the best-selling histories “Ghost Soldiers,” “Blood and Thunder,” “Hellhound on His Trail” (Edgar Award Nominee) and, most recently, “In the Kingdom of Ice,” which was selected as a Best Book of the Year by USA Today, Time Magazine, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Richmond Times Dispatch, Christian Science Monitor, Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Daily Beast.

He is best known for his gripping nonfiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. Hampton is editor-at-large for Outside and a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other magazines. His journalistic work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing.

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