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One Book, One Valley initiative includes visit from author

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Several book-loving organizations will host a lineup of events for this year’s “One Book, One Valley” initiative culmintating with a visit from the author of the selected book.

One Book, One Valley is a valleywide reading and discussion program that encourages all residents to read the same book at the same time to create a community book club. This year’s book selection is “Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession” by Craig Childs. Childs will appear at Colorado Mountain College on Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m.

The full lineup of scheduled events includes:

High Elevation Archaeology: An Exploration of Eagle County’s 6,000 Year Legacy, a presentation by Melissa Elkins of Metcalf Archaeology: Walking Mountains Science Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Book Discussion: Vail Public Library, Wednesday, March 12, 5 p.m.

Children’s Event (geared towards youth in grades 2-5): Time Scene Investigation: Snowmass Village, presented by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science: Walking Mountains Science Center, Saturday, March 15, 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. ($5 fee)

Book Discussion: Eagle Public Library, Monday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.

Book Discussion: Avon Public Library, Tuesday, March 25, 12 p.m.

Meet the Author Craig Childs at Colorado Mountain College, Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m.

Prehistoric Ceramic Description and Analysis: An Archaeology Course At Walking Mountains Science Center: Friday to Sunday, April 4 to 6. Presented by Kevin Black, Colorado Assistant State Archaeologist. Call Cynthia Vodopich for more information and to register at 970-524-7981 ($18 fee).

Book Discussion: Gypsum Public Library, Monday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.

Film Screenings:

Monday, March 17: “Land Before Time” (G), Vail Public Library, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18: “National Treasure” (PG) Vail Public Library, 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 20: “People, Paths, Perspectives: A High Country Speaker Series Presentation by Craig Childs” (NR), Avon Public Library, 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 30: “National Treasure 2” (PG), Vail Public Library, 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 6: “National Treasure” (PG), Eagle Public Library, 1 p.m.

About the Book

This year’s chosen book for One Book, One Valley is “Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession” by Craig Childs. Beyond what most people think about archaeology —with its cleanly numbered dates, and discoveries — lies a vibrant and controversial realm of scientists, thieves, and contested land claims.

To whom does the past belong? Is the archeologist who discovers a lost tomb a sort of hero, or a villain? If someone steals a relic from a museum and returns it to the ruin it came from, is she a thief? Written in his trademark lyrical style, Craig Childs’ riveting tale is a ghost story ­— an intense, impassioned investigation into the nature of the past and the things we leave behind. We visit lonesome desert canyons and fancy Fifth Avenue art galleries, journey throughout the Americas, Asia, the past and the present. The result is a book about man and nature, remnants and memory, a dashing tale of crime and detection.

Craig Childs writes about the relationship between humans, animals, landscape, and time. His stories come from visceral, personal experience, whether in the company of illicit artifact dealers or in deep wilderness. He has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, and is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Outside, and Orion. At High Country News, he’s a contributing editor, and he teaches writing for both the University of Alaska in Anchorage and Southern New Hampshire University.

One Book, One Valley is presented by The Bookworm of Edwards, Colorado Mountain College, Eagle Valley Library District, the Town of Vail Public Library, and Walking Mountains Science Center. For more information, call Cortni at the Avon Public Library (970) 949-6797 or visit http://www.coloradomtn.edu/onebook.


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