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High Altitude Society: Author Andrew McCarthy visits Avon library

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Thanks to the efforts of the Eagle Valley Library District, with help from The Bookworm of Edwards, the Avon Public Library was teeming with around a hundred interested attendees on Monday evening for a book signing by actor, director and author Andrew McCarthy of “Pretty in Pink.” Whether they were world travelers, movie buffs or just curious readers is anyone’s guess. Suffice it to say, that whatever their reason for attending, the general consensus was that it was an inspiring, thought provoking, exciting and fun event filled with McCarthy’s personal revelations about traveling and stories of his impetus to write. It turns out that his impulsion to globe trot, make connections and write about them is his second calling after acting. McCarthy has written for Travel & Leisure, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and Men’s Journal.

McCarthy began by clearing the air and jokingly stated, “I loved working with Molly Ringwald” and “The Brat Pack reunion tour has been pushed back a bit because a member is back in rehab.” McCarthy commented on the seemingly “weird career trajectory” from acting to travel writing.

“They are the same thing to me. They are both story telling,” he said.

Tales of a pilgrimage in Northern Spain revealed how traveling changed McCarthy’s life.

“On the horizon I saw an awareness coming towards me. I was without fear for the first time in my conscious memory … without fear I felt like myself in a way that I had only experienced one other time in my life. The first time that I ever acted I was 15 years old and I knew that was what I wanted to do,” McCarthy said.

The take home message not lost on the crowd was a call to action. McCarthy encouraged everyone to try solo travel at least once in their lives.

“I think that there are a lot of places where one can travel alone and be safe,” he said.

He talked about people being afraid of the loneliness while traveling solo. He explored this theme in his book “The Longest Way Home.” In his book he asks, “How do we have our own inherent aloneness and have intimacy with people that we love?” In his bottom line, he summed up, “acting and travel changed my life and I locate myself in these two seemingly disparate careers.”

Thanks goes out to Michelle Marx and Cortni O’Brien of the Eagle County Library District for bringing this presentation to the community. The Bookworm of Edwards conducted book sales and announced that “The Longest Way Home” will be available in paperback in June. Also, save the date for the Eagle Valley Library District’s Books in Bloom event at the Pines Lodge on May 18, when three New York Times best-selling authors will present their work. Tickets are available at http://www.evld.org or at The Bookworm of Edwards.

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