Monday, October 29th @ 10:00 a.m.

at Maria's Bookshop

Brooke Smith

The Mango Tree

In this sweet story, The Mango Tree grows while discovering inspiration from within itself and the surrounding world. The rain, the earth, the soil, the bees and the birds, the worms, and even the rocks assist in the tree's growth. While The Mango Tree matures to reach its full potential, it learns lessons of gratitude and acceptance along the way. Bring your kids down to Maria's Bookshop for story-time, mango snacks, and a fun & easy craft!

Brooke Smith was born in Santa Cruz, California, spent five years on Kaua’I and finally settled near Durango, Colorado where she lives in the mountains with her husband and children.The Mango Tree is the second of Brooke’s children’s books. She is involved in various community organizations and works at the the Pine River Library in Bayfield. 


Thursday, November 8th @ 6:30 p.m.

at the Maria's Bookshop

Emily Littlejohn and Margaret Mizushima with Scott Graham

New Colorado Mysteries Lost Lake and Burning Ridge

Mystery authors Margaret Mizushima and Emily Littlejohn will be joined by Durango author Scott Graham, the author of the acclaimed National Park Mystery series, to talk about their new releases set in Colorado and the joy of writing mysteries. Littlejohn is the author of Lost Lake, to be released on November 6th, and Inherit the Bones, which was a 2017 Colorado Book Award finalist. Mizushima is the author of Burning Ridge, just released in September, and the critically acclaimed Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Come celebrate the rich setting of our beautiful state and hear about the process of writing chillers and thrillers. The panel will be followed by a Q&A and signing. 


Friday, November 9th @ 6:00 p.m.

at the Cortez Public Library

Bestselling Authors Kathleen and Michael Gear

featuring Maze Master, Flight of the Hawk, Moon Hunt, and This Scorched Earth

The internationally-bestselling author team of Kathleen and Michael Gear will share stories and sign their most recent books at the Cortez Public Library. The Gears are the authors of over sixty novels with more than 17 million copies in print, translated into 29 languages. Together and individually they have written anthropological, archaeological, and historical fiction as well as thrillers, fantasy, science fiction and childrens’ books. Their wildly popular “First North Americans Series” began in 1990 with People of the Wolf and concluded in 2012 with People of the Black Sun. Many other series and stand-alone titles have kept their fans impatiently awaiting the next new release. Please join us for this free event on November 9th at 6pm!

Thursday, November 15th @ 6:00 p.m.

at the Durango Public Library

Andrew Gulliford

The Woolly West: Colorado's Hidden History of Sheepscapes 

From his forthcoming book, Andrew Gulliford will speak about historical archaeology and the wide variety of sites related to sheep movements, sheep camps, cairns, aspen tree carvings, and sheepherder lifeways in Colorado’s high country for summer grazing and in Utah’s canyon country for winter grazing. He will present his findings, show photographs, and discuss cultural traditions and stories for Basque, Hispano, and Greek herders and sheepmen who have grazed and still graze the state’s public lands.  He will present vivid tales from the late 19th and early 20th century cattle and sheep wars.

Dr. Gulliford will describe ongoing conflicts between guardian dogs and hikers and between domestic sheep and bighorns on national forests. Let’s hope he does not do a baaaaaaaaaaad job. Cowboys, get the fancy boots, the Western movies, the country music songs—it’s time to talk about sheepherders. Gulliford has twice won the Colorado Book Award and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. He is a professor of history and Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College.


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Maria's Bookshop

960 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301


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