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‘Gravedigger’ author signs books Saturday

LESLIE BREFELDsummit daily news

DILLON – Frisco second homeowner Peter Grandbois gained a realization about his own career after the birth of his first baby girl. The Boulder resident was working at his family business at the time of now 7-year-old Elena’s arrival and said he felt the weight of the situation.”I thought I better start doing what I wanted to do.” And from then on he began writing every day.His first published book, “The Gravedigger,” is partly inspired by the folk song, “La Hija de Jaun Simon.” Grandbois’ wife Tanya derives from the south of Spain where the book’s action takes place and where his interest in the flamenco music of the people there began.”We go back there every year for a month or more in the summer. I lived there in Spain for a year too,” he said.The “La Hija de Jaun Simon” song is about a gravedigger who must bury his own daughter. Grandbois takes this premise and gives it a storyline wherein the main character Juan must give to the village an account of the lives of the deceased he is burying. The catch is that he must argue with their ghosts about the exact details.Grandbois said his kids – he also has a 5-year-old daughter named Olivia and 1-year-old son Santi – gave him the idea.He said he would tell them stories every night, and they would interrupt with, “No Daddy, that’s not how it goes.” Then he would try to see their version of the story and they would continue on like this.Grandbois said this book took about a year to write.He’s got other book projects in the works, including one which takes place in a fictional Summit County. He said it takes place in the 19th century, but is not a historical text.”I use the feel of the area,” Grandbois said. The author said people will recognize resembles from Frisco and Summit County.Grandbois will be reading excerpts from, “The Gravedigger,” Saturday at noon at Borders Books in Dillon.Book ReadingWho – Peter Grandbois reading excerpts and signing copies of his book, “The Gravedigger”When – Saturday at noonWhere – Borders Books in DillonLeslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or lbrefeld@summitdaily.com.


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