Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco hosts two Colorado authors
IF YOU GO
What: Author presentation
Where: Next Page Books & Nosh, 409 Main Street #101, Frisco
When: John Fielder, Friday, Sept. 4 3–5 p.m.; Karen Wyatt, Saturday, Sept. 5 from 3–5 p.m.
Cost: Free to attend
The Next Page Books & Nosh is hosting two local authors in Frisco this weekend. On Friday, Sept. 4, John Fielder will be presenting his new book, “Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing and Wild From the Flat Tops to the Green” from 3–5 p.m. Then Saturday, Sept. 5, from 3–5 p.m., local physician and author Karen Wyatt will be presenting her book, “What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for the Living from the Stories of the Dying.”
The Yampa River of northwest Colorado is considered the last major free flowing-river in the seven state Colorado River Basin. It cascades for 249 miles from high in the Rocky Mountains near Steamboat Springs and descends over 6,000 feet from alpine tundra to parched desert. Bisecting local, state and national parks and, at times, enclosed in a 2,500-feet-deep canyon, it morphs from a cold trout stream to a warm water haven for endangered fish, evolving from placid meanders into famous whitewater rapids.
Colorado nature photographer John Fielder and educator/river rat Patrick Tierney photograph and write their way down the entire length of the river from the Yampa’s headwaters in the Flat Tops Wilderness at 11,500 feet to its confluence with the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument. The book features Fielder’s images of tundra wildflowers, eagles and elk, the tributaries and canyons of the Yampa, along with Tierney’s discourse about the Yampa’s human, natural and political history.
John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space and wildlands during his 33-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and, in 2011, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. Over 40 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. He lives in Summit County, and operates a fine art gallery, John Fielder’s Colorado, in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. He teaches photography workshops to adults and children. Information about John and his work can be found at http://www.johnfielder.com.
Death can be a difficult subject and not one we want to spend time thinking about. But hospice physician and author, Dr. Karen Wyatt, believes that contemplating and actually preparing for the end-of-life can be the key to creating a more joyous and meaningful life. In her book “What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying,” she tells the stories of numerous patients she cared for while they were dying and the transformative lessons they learned about what really matters in life: Lessons such as love, forgiveness and making the most of the present moment.
She wrote the book with a two-fold purpose: to help our society become less fearful of death and to share the remarkable stories of growth and transformation she witnessed at the bedside of her hospice patients. “End-of-life care is currently in a crisis in our society,” she said in a statement, “because we have avoided and denied the subject of death for too long. The time has come to embrace our mortality and take a more thoughtful and courageous approach both to how we die and to how we live, as well.”
Since the book was first released in 2012, it has been published in four languages. For the past three years, she has been invited to speak to audiences around the country about her message of “what really matters” in life as the baby boom generation begins to face the challenges of aging and loss. This month, a second edition of “What Really Matters” has been released that includes a foreword by Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., author and director of “Death Makes Life Possible,” and an afterword that tells stories of the book’s impact on the lives and deaths of certain readers.
Wyatt lives in Silverthorne and is the former medical director of the Summit Community Care Clinic, as well as a member of the Professional Advisory Committee for Bristlecone Health Services. She is a family physician by training and spent many years of her medical career caring for hospice patients. She is the host of the popular online interview series End-of-Life University, where she interviews experts who work in all aspects of the end-of-life arena. She is widely regarded as a thought-leader and “mover and shaker” in the effort to transform the way we care for our dying in the U.S. Learn more about her work at: http://www.karenwyattmd.com.
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