Two authors do readings, book signings
Two prominent authors will be doing readings and book signings at Looking Glass Books, 1118 Adams Ave., La Grande in coming days.
Rick Steber, author of “Red White Black,” will be at Looking Glass Books at 4 p.m. Thursday. Tom Hunt, author of “Bad Water,” will be at Looking Glass Books at 11 a.m. Saturday.
A reading and book signing by Hunt will also take place at The Bookloft, 107 E. Main St. in Enterprise at 7 p.m. Monday.
A true story of race and rodeo, “Red White Black” (196 pages, $15) tells the true story of the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up. Three men of different skin colors — Jackson Sundown, John Spain and George Fletcher — are brought together during the finals of the Northwest Saddle Bronc Championship.
What happened that September day, the judges’ decision and the reaction of the crowd in the aftermath, forever changed the sport of rodeo, and the way the emerging West was to look at itself.
Steber, who spent nearly four decades researching this story, has more than 30 titles under his belt and sales of more than a million books. Steber is the only Oregon author to have won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award — Best Western Novel.
The island life, Alaska style
Hunt and his wife live on a small island about a mile from Ketchikan, Alaska. He has family who live in Elgin.
“Bad Water and Other Stories of the Alaskan Panhandle” ($14.50, 204 pages) can be ordered through the publisher’s website, sbpra.com/TomHunt or at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.
“Bad Water” is a collection of fictional short stories set in southeast Alaska on an archipelago about the size of Florida. Those who live in this remote part of Alaska do whatever it takes to make it work. These are their stories.
Southeast Alaska is a beautiful but challenging place. And don’t just think bears here.
There aren’t many people in Alaska. Most live in a few small scattered towns.
Some live in the more remote areas of the thousands of miles of coastline and hundreds of backwater bays and coves, and they make a living doing whatever is available.
Alaska is a place where geography and weather dictate behavior, which could mean eating the
same dried beans, rice, deer meat and fish for a good part of the year.
With no freeways and little law enforcement (a 911 call means contacting the Coast Guard), people learn to be self-sufficient, especially in times of emergency.
That said, there’s a freedom in Alaska that can’t be had in civilization, Hunt writes, but the price is high.