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Award-winning author reads in Frisco

The Next Page Bookstore today announced that award-winning author and master storyteller Sandra Dallas will return to Frisco to debut her latest novel, Whiter Than Snow. The event takes place 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

Dallas’ previous books – including “The Persian Pickle Club,” “Prayers for Sale” and “Buster Midnight’s Cafe” – remain book club favorites. Her ninth novel, “Whiter Than Snow,” tells the fictional tale of an avalanche that changed the community of Swandyke, a small town near Colorado’s Tenmile Range. Only four of the nine young children caught in the slide on that spring day in 1920 survive. It is these families’ stories that weave together this novel of forgiveness, fate and family.

“I love writing about mountain people and the love-hate relationship they have with the High Country. Place forms them,” Dallas said. “The characters in ‘Whiter Than Snow’ were inspired by people I knew when I lived in Breckenridge in the early 1960s. They had a sense of independence, and yet to survive, they were part of a community. Despite petty squabbles, they came together in time of need. ‘Whiter Than Snow’ is not just a story about people; it is the story of a place.”

Dallas, called “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley in Vogue, is a journalism graduate of the University of Denver. Before turning to fiction, she spent 25 years with Business Week, both as a reporter and as the magazine’s first female bureau chief. At Business Week, Dallas covered the Rocky Mountain region – everything from penny-stock scandals and hard-rock mining, to western energy development and contemporary polygamy – real-life stories that have made their way into her novels. She currently lives in Denver.


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