2 pm | SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Join us for a reading and booksigning with author and veteran H. Lee Barnes. Barnes will read from his new collection of short stories, Life Is a Country Western Song.
About the Book
Author of Talk to Me, James Dean and Cold Deck, H. Lee Barnes is an eloquent ambassador for the contemporary American West. In these twelve moving stories, Barnes delves deep into the wild, expansive places of the region and of the human heart that are slowly coming to rein. With gorgeously distilled prose, Barnes writes of vastness and distance, of the separate, small inches and whole histories that occupy equal measures of the western spirit. Each of the stories in Life Is a Country Western Song reveals a character longing to close a gap, or who, for better and for worse, have come to terms with their estrangement and exile. A divorcee rekindles a doomed romance over the internet; a locksmith absorbs broken dreams in foreclosed homes; a boy learns how to love and hate in Juarez, Mexico; because he has no one else, a Nevada Patrolman confides his marital troubles in a dog. Wrought with empathy, precision and a steady finger on the pulse of the complexities facing today’s changing, often turbulent West, Barnes’s stories show a writer at the apex of his craft, offering an updated take on a West that is rapidly descending into the annals of legend.
About the Author
H. Lee Barnes, memoirist, novelist and short story writer, is the author of ten books. His short works have received the Willamette Fiction Award and the Arizona Authors Assn. fiction prize. He was inducted in 2009 into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and in 2013 received an excellence in the arts award from the Vietnam Veterans of America for his body of work. His varied carriers include his working as a deputy sheriff, a private investigator, a narcotics agent, a casino dealer and a college professor. He now lives in the Hualapai Valley in Northern Arizona.