March 21, 2023, 7PM at Back of Beyond Books: Author reading and signing with Shelley Read and her debut novel — Go as a River

March 21, 2023 7:00 PM

Seventeen-year-old Victoria Nash runs the household on her family’s peach farm in the small ranch town of Iola, Colorado—the sole surviving female in a family of troubled men. Wilson Moon is a young drifter with a mysterious past, displaced from his tribal land and determined to live as he chooses.

Victoria encounters Wil by chance on a street corner, a meeting that profoundly alters both of their young lives, unknowingly igniting as much passion as danger. When tragedy strikes, Victoria leaves the only life she has ever known. She flees into the surrounding mountains where she struggles to survive in the wilderness with no clear notion of what her future will bring.

Inspired by true events surrounding the destruction of the town of Iola in the 1960s, Go as a River is a story of deeply held love in the face of hardship and loss, but also of finding courage, resilience, friendship, and, finally, home—where least expected. This stunning debut explores what it means to lead your life as if it were a river—gathering and flowing, finding a way forward even when a river is dammed.

Buy Go as a River

Shelley Read is a fifth-generation Coloradoan who lives with her family in the Elk Mountains of the Western Slope. She was a Senior Lecturer at Western Colorado University for nearly three decades, where she taught writing, literature, environmental studies, and Honors, and was a founder of the Environment & Sustainability major and a support program for first-generation and at-risk students. Shelley holds degrees in writing and literary studies from the University of Denver and Temple University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing. She is a regular contributor to Crested Butte Magazine and Gunnison Valley Journal, and has written for the Denver Post and a variety of publications.

It’s Collee’s turn to give us her Pick of the Week, and after hearing what she has to say, we can’t wait to read for ourselves!

Big Swiss
By Jen Beagin

“Before Big Swiss was published, the manuscript was leaked and a 14-way bidding war for the movie rights erupted in Hollywood. It's no surprise. This book is a compulsive read, usually hysterical and occasionally strickening. The plot centers around Greta; a Gen X'er living in a hip small town working as a transcriber for a sex therapist. She becomes enthralled by a certain client, happens to meet her in real life and a torrid affair ensues. Beyond the sheer delight of this tale is a deeper message about trauma and having a future in the face of it. I loved the sanguine tone throughout and eventually... the mini donkeys.”

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Tonight at the bookstore, we are excited to be hosting a reading with debut novelist Shelley Read! Her book , Go As A River was published earlier this month to much fanfare, and the chance to support an author from our neck of the woods on the Colorado Plateau is one we love to jump at. Below is a bit about this beautiful novel:

“Shelley Read’s debut novel was inspired by true events surrounding the destruction of the town of Iola, Colorado in the 1960s. Go as a River is a story of deeply held love in the face of hardship and loss, but also of finding courage, resilience, friendship, and, finally, home—where least expected. This stunning debut explores what it means to lead your life as if it were a river—gathering and flowing, finding a way forward even when a river is dammed.”

See you at @backofbeyondbooks tonight, 7pm!

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Poetry Open Mic night tonight at 7pm in partnership with @moabarts ! Art in Everyday Language is the theme, and local poets have been molding their pieces since their workshop with @sharizollinger this past week, and are ready to share it with you tonight.  Local poets who didn’t make it to the workshop are of course welcome to attend tonight at the bookstore and hop on that open mic, too! 

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