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Meet 5 local authors this week at the Boulder Book Store

Night of the White Buffalo is the latest in Margaret Coel's 20-novel mystery series set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
Night of the White Buffalo is the latest in Margaret Coel's 20-novel mystery series set on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.Berkley Hardcover

You've got a chance to meet five different Colorado authors over the course of two exciting events at the Boulder Book Store this week. The first event will be tonight:

Margaret Coel -- "Night of the White Buffalo"
Thursday, September 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 voucher good toward book purchase

Margaret Coel is the author of the Wind River mystery series starring Arapaho attorney Vickey Holden and Jesuit priest Father John O'Malley. Set among the Northern Arapaho community on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, this series began with The Eagle Catcher in September 2009 and now spans 20 books. Tonight Coel will read from and sign her latest, Night of the White Buffalo.

Coel is a native to Colorado and currently lives in Boulder. In addition to the Wind River mysteries, she is the author of several non-fiction books, including a biography of Chief Left Hand which the Colorado Historical Society includes in its list of the 100 best books on Colorado history.

The second event, taking place this Sunday afternoon, is going to be a party--and you're invited. Four different Colorado authors will be on hand to discuss their books. Here are the details.

An Afternoon with Local Authors
Sunday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Cost: Free!

Peter Griffiths will present The Mystical Milestone, a novel set on the Gower Peninsula of South Wales and following the life of an anxious women with an unpredictable obsession. The Welsh Book Council praises The Mystical Milestone for its sense of place--the Gower Peninsula is close to the author's heart, and it shows.

Born in Wales in 1942, Griffiths came to Denver with his family in 1972. He is also the author of Tongue Tied, a multi-generational tale of close friendships and widening consequences.

Richard C. Williams will present Remember When...: Memoirs of a Wandering Mid American. His autobiography covers 82 years of changing culture and begins, right in its introduction, by aiming a flying kick to the face of the concept of "racial purity." "None of us is pure anything," Williams writes. Other themes in his autobiography include justice and world peace, what to do about communism, issues of diet and cardiac risk, and the problem of expressing affection, all overlaid with the author's wit and wordplay.

"If we want to live through the exigencies of life and attain a happy old age," he writes, "we must maintain some sense of humor."

Ann Marie will present and discuss Letters to Ann: The Korean War 1950-1951. This collection of letters from father on the battlefield to a four-year-old daughter left at home offers the reader a unique porthole view into what it was like to live through what some have called "the forgotten war." The titular Ann was mother-in-law to Denver author Marie, who not only compiled the letters into a moving narrative but also invites you to peruse her deep cache of research online at the book's companion website.

Letters to Ann took first place in the category of military history this year in the 20th Annual CIPA EVVY Book Awards presented by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association and CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation.

Finally, Jeannine Lee will present her book Beyond Divorce and discuss her work as a divorce counselor. Beginning with the understanding that divorce is, first of all, the end of a relationship, her classes aim to help heal the associated wounds, rebuild lives, and find the healthiest way to navigate this life transition.

Lee has been member of the Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee and of the Denver and International Coach Federations. Today she is a member of Boulder Collaborative Divorce Professionals.