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.
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. 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.
Doors open at 6:00 PM for music, Morsels, and a cash bar. The stage event begins at 7:00 PM and will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at the City Opera House box office from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, or can be purchased online here.