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The Bookworm of Edwards hosts local author showcase, featuring five writers

Leigh Horton
Special to the Daily
Special to the Daily
Special to the Daily |

If you go …

What: Local Author Showcase, with Mimi Pockross, Karen Wyatt, Judi Kirby, Leslea Wahl and Chuck McConnell.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: $10, includes appetizers and a cash bar.

More information: Visit www.bookwormofedwards.com.

EDWARDS — It’s not every day that you are assured of intelligent conversation on a night out, but at The Bookworm of Edwards, the odds are good. The independent bookshop is offering a speed-dating-style event with local authors to discuss their books, inspirations and publishing journeys today.

Authors seeking readers include Mimi Pockross, Karen Wyatt, Judi Kirby, Leslea Wahl and Chuck McConnell. From thrillers to light reading to photo-driven narratives, the books — and their authors — don’t shy away from talking about issues of the heart.

Stories of caregivers

Pockross, author of “The Takeover: An Unexpected Caregiver’s Story,” said she “writes about becoming the primary caregiver for her elderly parents.” Her parents’ dementia and old age required Pockross to move them from Chicago to Denver to supervise their care and “provide the comfort … that they continue to need.”

Her work resonates with anyone addressing eldercare from a different state. This long-distance relationship is as difficult as the transition from daughter to caregiver.

“‘The Takeover’ is not a manual for how to take care of parents in their waning years; rather, it is a story of how one person tried to balance it all out with some sensibility and humor,” Pockross said.

Wyatt continues this theme of caring for the ailing. She hopes that her book “What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying” will leave her readers “able to face death and dying with more peace and less fear and that they will discover what really matters in life and remember to live each day fully.”

Based on her own experiences working in hospice and helping people cope with the end of their lives and the lives of loved ones, she said she “wanted to write the stories of the patients as I experienced them. The underlying story of the book is my own spiritual growth that resulted from doing this work with dying patients.”

Levity and lore

Kirby, author of “The Book of Lena,” brings levity and local lore to the event. This coffee table-quality book is based on rare photographs taken from 1908 to 1950. The images, once stored in a box in an attic above a home on Gore Creek, reflect “the legends and stories were fading and needed to be preserved and shared,” Kirby said.

The photos depict the story of the Elliot and Ruder family before Vail became a ski mecca. Filled with horses, gunplay and family memories, Kirby’s book shows that “each picture of Lena and her life reinforces the knowledge that just about anything could be overcome with that pioneer spirit that we all have.”

Colorado native and young adult author Wahl combines her talent and passion for growing up in the mountains by writing “The Perfect Blindside.”

“I love writing about and for teens,” Wahl said, because “they are young and hopeful. There’s something about those high school years that is fun and exciting, as well as traumatizing and confusing. Relationships are new and exciting, as well as sweet and innocent.”

Not without bad decisions and influences, Wahl’s characters provide positive examples to readers who want to experience adventure, fun and mystery.

“I hope the audience will realize it’s a fun book for ages middle school and older,” she said. “I want them to understand my format — combining adventurous mystery with good role models.”

End with a thriller

McConnell, a former chemical engineer in the energy industry, rounds out the night with a discussion of his thriller, “Fire with Fire: A Jack Tallon Novel.” Readers of Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn and Brad Thor will find a new author in McConnell, who intelligently combines contemporary and politics in high-energy novels.

“I have always been awed by how Tom Clancy seemed to write stories about important, timely geopolitical subjects that were either going on at the time or that he actually seemed to presage,” McConnell said. “I am motivated, possibly because of my political activity, by extreme problems, such as the drug cartels and geopolitical issues. I enjoy writing about them.”

The one-on-one format and following question-and-answer session will allow the audience to engage with the authors and learn more about their writing, researching and publishing processes.

Leigh Horton was commissioned by The Bookworm of Edwards to write this article.