Mesa County Libraries are proud to announce that “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller has been named the 2013 One Book, One Mesa County selection.
The novel, published this year, is about a pilot named Hig struggling to survive in post-apocalyptic Colorado. After Hig’s family and friends – and most other people – die in a flu epidemic, Hig’s challenge is to survive and find meaning in a decimated world. “The Dog Stars” explores the deep need for human relationships and how people survive loss and hardship.
“The Dog Stars” is the eighth One Book, One Mesa County and was selected for a variety of reasons, including its setting in Colorado and partly in Grand Junction. It was named the Amazon Best Book of the Month in August 2012, and its exploration of why people need each other is compelling.
Author Peter Heller, an award-winning adventure writer, lives in Denver. He is a contributor to NPR and is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is author of several nonfiction books, including “Kook: What Surfing Taught Me About Love, Life, and Catching the Perfect Wave,” “The Whale Warriors,” and “Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet’s Tsangpo River.”
Heller is scheduled to visit Grand Junction Saturday, March 9, 2013, to discuss his book at the One Book, One Mesa County author event. In early 2013, Mesa County Libraries will host a variety of entertaining programs and informative discussions centered on “The Dog Stars.” More details about those events will be released in January.
“The Dog Stars” is available from Mesa County Libraries in print and audio CD formats, and limited copies are available in ebook and audio downloadable formats. The book also is available from local bookstores. The Barnes & Noble Bookfair, which donates a portion of bookfair sales to support the One Book, One Mesa County program, is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Barnes & Noble, 2451 Patterson Road.