National Writers Series featuring Meet Pam Houston

National Writers Series featuring Meet Pam Houston

December 2
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The City Opera House

When Pam Houston was 31, fresh off tour for Cowboys Are My Weakness, she realized she had no place to call “home.” On impulse, she spent her book royalties on a Colorado ranch.

It was more than she could afford and more work than she expected, but it’s the land that defined the last quarter-century of her life.

On impulse, she spent her book royalties on a Colorado ranch. It was more than she could afford and more work than she expected, but it’s the land that defined the last quarter-century of her life.

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country is an ode to that ranch and what it means to call some place “home.” A survivor of parental abuse and neglect, Houston also discovers how nature heals her and helps her “to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive.”

In Deep Creek, Houston writes of the stunning kindness of strangers, from the locals who come to her aid when she’s snowed in, to the woman who shelters her as a child from her volatile parents, the surgeon who performs an astonishing operation on her pulverized arm, a wise neighbor who tactfully keeps the ranch from being sold out from under her, and the firefighters who risk their lives to try and keep a massive wildfire from destroying her ranch. And through it all, she discovered she would be the cowboy of her own story.

Pam Houston is the author of Contents May Have Shifted, Cowboys Are My Weakness,  Waltzing the Cat, the novel,  Sight Hound, and a collection of essays,  A Little More About Me. Her stories have been selected for volumes of  Best American Short Stories,  The O. Henry Awards,  The 2013 Pushcart Prize, and  Best American Short Stories of the Century.

ABOUT OUR GUEST HOST

Christal Frost is a Northern Michigan native, growing up in Benzie County, graduating from Benzie Central High School in 1998 and moving on to Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.  She has a background in non-profit management, and began her career locally at Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Traverse, after completing a year of service with Americorps National Service.  She started in radio in 2007, and feels as though she has finally found her broadcasting home with WTCM, first with NewsTalk 580 in 2012 as a producer, and then as the host of “The Christal Frost Show” in 2014.  In 2018, she started getting up a little earlier and joined the Morning Show on Today’s Country Music WTCM.  Christal is actively involved with many community groups, including the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, Parallel 45 Theatre and the National Cherry Festival, and is the co-founder of the CherryT Ball Drop New Year’s Eve events.


Event Details:
Doors open at 6 PM
Stage event begins 7PM
Live Music, Cash Bar, and Morsels Sweet Treats
Stage conversation and Q&A with author
Post-event book signing


Tickets:

Students
$5 plus ticket fees
General Admission
$16 plus ticket fees
Premium Reserved Seating
$26 plus ticket fees


National Writers Series has hosted more than 120 conversations with nationally recognized authors and guest hosts. Called one of America’s “premier literary events,” (Poets & Writers magazine), a “national treasure” by Harvard professor and philosopher Michael Sandel, and hailed by authors and publishers across the country as a must-see evening of conversation with today’s best storytellers, the National Writers Series has hosted events with Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, winners of Oscars and Emmys and Tonys, living legends and, according to People Magazine, two of the “most influential people in the world.”

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