Library Corner: Beer and Books are the perfect pairing |

Library Corner: Beer and Books are the perfect pairing

Anna Szczepanski
Grand County Library District
Mark Obmascik

Writing and drinking have long and intertwined history. Many great writers were as famous for their drunkenness as for what they put on the page. For a generation of writers, the words of Charles Bukowski likely fueled a series of unnecessary hangovers: “Stay with the beer. Beer is continuous blood. A continuous lover.”

The Grand County Community of Writers takes a more moderate approach, but they do enjoy an occasional pint. Luckily, Grand County offers several unique watering holes, which prompted the writing group to launch a new series of “Craft Talks with Craft Beers.” The talks kick-off next Thursday evening, Aug. 16, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Never Summer Brewing Company in Granby.

A craft talk is different from a traditional book talk that you might hear at a book-signing event. In a craft talk, the author is speaking of their craft—writing–to an audience of writers or those who dream of writing. A craft talk might cover writing processes and muses or roadblocks and victories. Each author coming for the “Craft Talks with Craft Beers” series has special ties to Colorado, and a specific theme that will guide their remarks.

Linda Wommack is a Colorado Native who writes historical non-fiction about the 38th state’s most interesting places and characters. She has published over nine books, including “Our Ladies of the Tenderloin: Colorado’s Legends in Lace.” In March of this year, she released her biography of Ann Bassett, Colorado’s Cattle Queen, who was a prominent female Colorado rancher who ran with Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch. Her craft talk will focus on “Bringing History to Life.” She is the first speaker in the series on Thursday, August 16 at 4 p.m. at the Never Summer Brewing Company in Granby.

On Thursday, Sept. 20, the Grand County Community of Writers welcomes Mark Obmascik, bestselling author of “Halfway to Heaven…” a hilarious account of his attempt, at age 44, to climb all of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks in one year. Obmascik was also a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist for the Denver Post. His first book, “The Big Year,” became a major motion picture starring Jack Black. Obmascik will speak on spotting great stories.

Tracy Ross, a former resident of Grand County who went on to have a career writing and editing for such publications as Skiing, Outside, and Backpacker magazines, will speak on Thursday, October 11. Ross is the author of “The Source of All Things,” a powerful memoir about abuse and becoming a fierce outdoorswoman. Ross will speak about crafting memoir.

Check out these author’s works prior to their appearance; copies are available at a Grand County Library. Or buy a copy and get it signed while they are here.

The Grand County Community of Writers formed in the fall of 2017 with support from the Grand Foundation and the Grand County Library District. They also host a monthly writer’s workshop where they usually serve tea, not beer. For more information, find their facebook page or email

Anna Szczepanski is the director of library resources and technology for the Grand County Library District.

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