Saturday, August 24th from 9-11 am

Durango Public Library

Self-Publishing Workshop with IngramSpark & Maria's Bookshop

Monday, September 9 - Saturday, September 14

Maria's Bookshop 35th Anniversary Celebration

We want to recognize you as a critical part of our team and hope you will join us during the week of September 9-14. 

During the week, stop by Maria's Bookshop where:

receive 15% off our “35 Years of Favorites” list

purchases over $35 can choose a book from our “special picks” shelf*

bring the coupon from p.4 of our Durango Herald insert for $2 off our new t-shirts

Mon-Fri mornings stop in Maria’s Bookshop for Barb Mills’ cookies. We’ll have a fun new flavor every day, so make it part of your morning routine! *


Tuesday, September 10 @ 6:30 pm

Maria's Bookshop 

Chuck Greaves

Church of the Graveyard Saints

"Timely and well-told...this compelling tale could have been ripped from the headlines." 
--ANNE HILLERMAN, author of The Tale Teller and other novels in the Chee, Leaphorn and Manuelito mystery series

"Take a walk through Church of the Graveyard Saints, take a walk into one hell of a book with one of my favorite authors, Chuck Greaves." 
--CRAIG JOHNSON, author of the Walt Longmire series, the basis of the Netflix drama Longmire













Tuesday, September 24 @ 6:30 pm

Pine Needle Dry Goods, 858 Main Ave 

Jane Parnell 

Off Trail: Finding My Way Home in the Colorado Rockies 

Jane Parnell, first woman to climb the 100 highest peaks of Colorado, will read from her mountaineering memoir, Off Trail: Finding My Way Home in the Colorado Rockies, published by University of Oklahoma Press. Parnell's fierce, tender memoir spans half a century, recounting not only her adventures in Colorado's high country, but how mountaineering helped her recover from the trauma of rape as a young woman and a family history of mental illness. Several chapters take place in the San Juan Mountains, including her account of a near-fatal accident. English travel writer Isabella Bird, who in 1873 climbed Longs Peak with the fur trapper Rocky Mountain Jim, figures prominently in Parnell's book. Through Isabella's story, the author shows how despite the conveniences enjoyed by modern-day mountaineers, some things never change when it comes to matters of the heart.

Readers may also know Parnell as Jane Koerner, who has written for High County News, Mountain Gazette and Outdoor Adventure, among other publications.


Thursday, September 26 @ 6:30 pm

Durango Public Library

Daniel C Guiet & Timothy K. Smith 

Scholars of Mayhem 

Durango author Daniel C Guiet and his co-author Timothy K. Smith tell the story of Jean Claude Guiet’s clandestine role in the French Resistance fight against the Germans. Author Daniel C Guiet will offer a reading and book signing during the event, which is co-hosted by Maria’s Bookshop & the Durango Public Library.

Tuesday, October 1 @ 6:30 pm 

Maria's Bookshop 

Jim Kristofic

Medicine Women: The Story of the First Native American Nursing School 

After the Indian wars, many Americans still believed that the only good Indian was a dead Indian. But at Ganado Mission in the Navajo country of northern Arizona, a group of missionaries and doctors--who cared less about saving souls and more about saving lives--chose a different way and persuaded the local parents and medicine men to allow them to educate their daughters as nurses. The young women struggled to step into the world of modern medicine, but they knew they might become nurses who could build a bridge between the old ways and the new. In this detailed history, Jim Kristofic traces the story of Ganado Mission on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Kristofic's personal connection with the community creates a nuanced historical understanding that blends engaging narrative with careful scholarship to share the stories of the people and their commitment to this place.


Thursday, October 17 @ 6:30 PM 

Desert Banter: Cactus Ed in the 21st Century 

with authors Amy Irvine & Scott Graham

Desert Cabal & Arches Enemy 

Join us for an inspired conversation about the complicated legacy of author and activist Edward Abbey. Authors Amy Irvine and Scott Graham have considered Abbey's role in the 21st century and grappled with his words, actions, and love of place both on and off the page. Irvine will share from her latest, "Desert Cabal", in which she engages a long-deceased Ed in a timely and heated dialogue. "Desert Cabal" was selected by Outside Magazine for their updated adventure literature canon list this year, controversially joining "Desert Solitaire" in the canon of the desert West. Graham will speak about Abbey's role in his latest mystery, "Arches Enemy," and engage with Irvine in a conversation about navigating the environmental tradition of Cactus Ed in a new era.



Thursday, October 24 @ 6:30 PM 

Maria's Bookshop 

Zak Podmore, Confluence

Ayja Bounous, Shaped By Snow 

Podmore and Bounous are two new authors with Torrey House Press, weaving personal narrative with some of the most pertinent political and ethical subjects of our time. 

In Shaped by Snow, Bounous's examines personal and family connections to snow and skiing and how climate change threatens both the mountain and the relationships that shape her. Zak Podmore's Confluence  takes shape in the wake of his river-running mother’s death. Podmore illustrates the healing power of wild places through a lens of grief and regeneration. Visceral, first-person narratives include a canoe crossing of the Colorado River delta during a rare release of water, a kayak sprint down a flash-flooding Little Colorado River to the site of a proposed tourist development, and a packraft trip on the Elwha River in Washington through the largest dam removal project in history.


Tuesday, October 29 @ 6:30 pm

Pine Needle Dry Goods, 858 Main Ave 

Jack Loeffler

Headed Into the Wind

With the temperament of Santa Claus and the tenacity of a badger, Jack Loeffler reveals his compassion and concern for Southwestern traditional cultures and their respective habitats in the wake of Manifest Destiny. Working both as an individual and with comrades--including Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder--he was part of an early coterie of counterculturalists and environmentalists who fought to thwart the plunder of natural resources in the Southwest. Loeffler, a former jazz musician, fire lookout, museum curator, bioregionalist, and self-taught aural historian, shares his humor and imagination, his adventures, observations, reflections, and meditations along the trail in his retelling of a life well lived. In this honest memoir, he advises each and every one of us to go skinny-dipping joyfully in the flow of Nature to better understand where we're headed.


Thursday, November 7 @ 6:30 

Maria's Bookshop 

Craig Childs 

Virga & Bone: Essays from Dry Places 

From the author of The Secret Knowledge of Water and Atlas of a Lost World comes a deeply felt essay collection focusing upon a vivid series of desert icons--a half-blind bighorn ram, a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, solitude on the Green River. Craig Childs delves into the primacy of the land and the profound nature of the more-than-human.

Maria's Bookshop is thrilled to host one of our communities' favorite authors! You'll want to arrive early for this one... 


Upcoming events can also be found on our Facebook page 

All events are subject to change or cancellation


Maria's Bookshop

960 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301


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