We’re just a few weeks away from the first joint reading for my wife and I. (Actually, that might not be true now that I think about it.) Anyway, we will both be reading at an event at San Diego’s REI. We were fortunate to have our writing selected for The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, released a few months back. The book comes in two volumes–one covers the California stretch of the trail and the other covers Oregon and Washington. Interestingly, my wife’s poetry and my short essay appear in different volumes, but if you’d like to hear from both of us, come out to REI on February 16.
Here’s the blurb on the presentation/reading:
You are invited to a book reading for The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader, from Mountaineers Books. The reading will feature a PowerPoint presentation on the Pacific Crest Trail; readings by contributors Kaci Elder, Ryan Forsythe, Gary Funk, Keith A. “St. Alfonzo” Liker, and Barney “Scout” Mann; and time for Q & A.
More about the book:
Exploring the people, places, and history of the Pacific Crest Trail as it ranges 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader brings together short excerpts from classic works of regional writing and boot-tested stories from the trail.
The heart of this anthology is these real trail tales, stories taken from PCT hikers: trailside humor and traditions, “trail angels” and “trail magic,” encounters with wildlife and wild weather, stories of being lost and found, rescues, and unusual incidents. Revealing a larger context are historical accounts of events such as Moses Schallenberger’s winter on Donner Pass and pioneer efforts like the old Naches Road that ended up creating access to today’s trails; Native American myths and legends such as that of Lost Lake near Mount Hood; and selections from highly-regarded environmental writers who have captured the region in print, including Mary Austin in The Land of Little Rain ; John Muir in The Mountains of California; and Barry Lopez in Crossing Open Ground. Readers will also enjoy a few more surprising contributions from the likes of Mark Twain and Ursula Le Guin. Organized parallel to the actual sections of the PCT and presented in two regional volumes, The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader will entertain everyone from dedicated thru-hikers to lovers of regional lore.
If you think you might be able to come out, you can RSVP at the Facebook event page here.
You can also learn more about the book, and share your own trail stories if you have them, at http://pcttrailsidereader.com/
5556 Copley Dr, San Diego, CA 92111