Next Page hosts Colorado author event in Frisco |

Next Page hosts Colorado author event in Frisco

“Appreciate (Life is Great)!” is an image-rich mixed media book for elementary-aged children. Local author Lauren Dittle will be at Next Page Books & Nosh on Saturday, March 12.
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What: Colorado author event

When: Saturday, March 12, 4–6 p.m.

Where: Next Page Books & Nosh, 409 Main St., Frisco

More information: Call (970) 668-9291

Next Page Books & Nosh is hosting a Colorado event on Saturday, March 12 from 4–6 p.m. The event will showcase local authors including Lauren Dittle from Breckenridge, with her book “Appreciate (Life is Great)!” Wayne Turner from Dillon, will be presenting his book “Family & The Great Outdoors,” and Vail author Heather Sappenfeld will be there with her book “Life at the Speed of Us.” Leadville author Laurel McHargue will have her book, “Waterwight.”


“Appreciate (Life is Great)!” is an image-rich mixed media book for elementary-aged children. Kids and adults alike will appreciate the positive, practical messages regarding gratitude and enjoying life. Originally from Minnesota, Lauren has been a Breckenridge resident since 2011. Her love of the outdoors, art, and positive messages have inspired this mixed media book that is geared toward young children.


Wayne Turner lives in Dillon with a wife, Kathy, that fishes better than he does and a bird dog, Annie, that hunts better than he but they still love him and he them. He has more shot guns and fly rods than any man should have and is still buying more. Wayne and Kathy are licensed crabbers on the Chesapeake Bay, oyster farmers and avid kayak fisher-persons. He was raised in the swamps of eastern Virginia by a dad that was a hunter-gatherer type and a terrific father, as his book shows.

Along the way he and Kathy have raised two wonderful sons, Drew and Travis and a whole bunch of great bird dogs. He is a Regents Professor Emeritus at Oklahoma State University, emeritus editor of two engineering journals, an author of three text books and over 200 professional articles.

“Family & The Great Outdoors” is a series of stories about his outdoor life and pursuit toward finding himself. He is getting closer to that goal and he is still searching.


Heather Sappenfield’s fiction has won the Danahy Fiction Prize and the Arthur Edelstein Prize. It has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award. Her debut novel, “The View From Who I Was,” released in January 2015 and was nominated for the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Her second novel, “Life at the Speed of Us,” released in January 2016. She lives in Vail, Colorado.

“Life at the Speed of Us,” is about Sovern Briggs, who survives a car crash, and stops talking to seal in the memory of the final sounds from her mother’s life. As conflict with her father builds and failure in school looms, Sovern seeks relief in a dangerous boyfriend and in speed’s adrenaline edge. These needs collide, leading Sovern to a snowboarding accident that changes her future and perhaps that of our universe. “Life at the Speed of Us” weaves dyslexia, math, cutting-edge science, genius and love into a young woman’s reluctant journey toward grace.


Laurel McHargue was raised in Braintree, Massachusetts. She graduated from West Point in 1983 with the fourth class to include women. Her constant quest for adventure landed her in Leadville, Colorado, where she has taught and currently writes and resides with her husband and German shepherd. Laurel believes a life filled with challenges will never be boring. She blogs about her experiences at About “Waterwight”: In a post-cataclysmic world threatened by stinking ooze, a brave girl searches for her missing parents with the help of talking animals and evolving powers. When a mountain spirit challenges her to save the planet, she and a flying frog must overcome a magical, malicious castle of sand and a shapeshifter who wants her dead.

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