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Ole Man Berkins bookstore in Breckenridge hosts Karin Mitchell, Jodie Hollander

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If you go

What: Book signing with Karin Mitchell, author of “Between Families,” and Jodie Hollander, author of “The Human Society”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21

Where: Ole Man Berkins, 326 S. Main St., Breckenridge

Cost: Free; books available for purchase

More information: Call (970) 453-1326, or visit karinmitchell.blogspot.com or jodiehollander.com

An author and a poet will join forces for a book signing and reading of their published work on Saturday, March 21, at Ole Man Berkins bookstore on Main Street in Breckenridge.

Karin Mitchell, author of the young-adult novel “Between Families,” and Jodie Hollander, writer of the poetry anthology “The Humane Society,” will each read from their respective books, followed by a question and answer session and short reception.


Mitchell’s debut novel, “Between Families,” tells the story of 12-year old Seffra, who moves into an institution when her drug-addicted mother is no longer able to care for her. Though fictional, “Between Families” is based largely on actual events from Mitchell’s life. Her characters and their stories are composites of people she met through her experiences as a special education teacher in public schools, as well as teaching in residential treatment centers in Denver and working at Summit County Social Services.

“My aim was to create a realistic, literary account of a story not told often enough,” Mitchell said in a news release. “Kids in institutions are practically invisible. This story calls attention to the struggles these children face, while examining tough topics of institutionalization, shame, sexual abuse, family and identity. But above all, it’s a story of survival – a human interest story that I think we can all relate to.”

Originally from the Midwest, Mitchell now lives and writes in Summit County. She is a happily married mother of two boys and teaches writing and English as a second language classes at Colorado Mountain College. She received her master’s degree in creative writing from Regis University and her Bachelor of Arts in education from St. Louis University.


Hollander describes her book, “The Humane Society,” first published in London in November 2012, as a “sort of family memoir in poetry.” The writer grew up as the only non-musician in a family of professional musicians, and she relays her experiences through a combination of traditional metrical writing and free verse.

“I camped underneath my father’s piano and witnessed everything as a child,” she said. “That’s what the book is about, the interpersonal dynamics of living with four professional musicians, and art and animals come into play a little bit. It’s about people and how we relate to each other.”

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians and now resides in Avon. She studied poetry in England and has published her work in England, Australia and the United States. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, Verse Daily, Ambit, Agenda, The Raintown Review and the Best Australian Poems of 2011. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Italy and a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland.

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