Elk River Arts & Lectures presents Laura Pritchett

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The Elk River Arts & Lectures spring series concludes with a free reading and book signing by Colorado author Laura Pritchett on Thursday, May 12, at Elk River Books.

Pritchett’s novels and environmental writing have received numerous awards including the High Plains Book Award for Stars Go Blue, called “a brilliant novel, filled with heartache and humor” by Library Journal. She is the recipient of the PEN USA Award, the WILLA Award, the Colorado Book Award and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. She has also published more than 100 essays and short stories in magazines such as O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, The Sun and Orion. She holds a PhD from Purdue University and teaches at workshops around the country.

Her latest novel, Red Lightning, is a suspenseful and poignant story of a woman facing her demons in the midst of drug and immigrant trafficking, an abandoned daughter, a dying mother and the largest wildfire in Colorado history. Rick Bass calls it “a smart, tender, crisp piece of work about the opportunities for redemption and blessings that exist in every hour.”

During her visit to Livingston, Pritchett will also work in the classroom with Park High students. The events are co-sponsored by the Murray Hotel.

The public event will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N Main St., at 7 p.m. Elk River Arts & Lectures is a non-profit organization that seeks to bring writers to Livingston for free public readings, and also to provide opportunities for those writers to interact with local public school students. For more information, call 333-2330 or visit elkriverarts.org.

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