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NOVELIST PRESENTS ON EARLY RIVER RUNNING

Author Rebecca Lawton will celebrate the publication of her novel, Junction, Utah, with a presentation on early river running in the West on Thursday, February 21, at Readers’ Books. The community is invited.

There will be a reception starting at 7:00 followed by a reading and slide show at 7:30 p.m. Readers’ Books is located at 130 East Napa Street. The band Bosonoma will provide entertainment.

Lawton was among the first female river guides on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon and on other rivers in the West. Her collection of essays, Reading Water: Lessons from the River was a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area bestseller.

Junction, Utah, was inspired by Lawton’s own years as a whitewater guide. Her presentation will include images of Colorado River rapids, early and modern day river guides, as well as places in the West that became settings in the novel.

Lawton is also co-author of the local bestseller, On Foot: Twelve Hikes in the Valley of the Moon, and other books. She has published in Orion, Sierra, and San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, as well as in many literary journals and anthologies. She won the first Ellen Meloy Fund Award for Desert Writers for work on Junction.

Besides guiding for many years in the 1970s and 1980s, Lawton has worked locally for the Sonoma Ecology Center, where she collaborates on projects to sustain watershed health.

A donation of $10 is requested to benefit the Ecology Center. This event is sponsored by Readers’ Books. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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Little Colorado River in Flood

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