Playing with (Wild) Fire

Literary Sojourn Book Discussion

Playing with (Wild) Fire

Monday, May 6, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Main Library 2nd Floor
Read and discuss the new novel by 2024 Literary Sojourn featured author Laura Pritchett.

About the Book 

When a wildfire bears down on a mountain community, residents are forced to gather—resulting in a sudden tangle of love and lust, friendships that form across political divides, and a new hope for rethinking the ways we inhabit the burning planet. Throughout these linked stories, we encounter a world as jarring and mesmerizing as fire itself—a literary landscape of experimental forms: An astrology report. A grant application-turned-love-story. A phone call from Mother Earth. An obituary for a wildfire. A burned mountain’s conversation with a lone woman and injured bear. Like one domino falling into another, each story reveals another piece of an intricate puzzle.

Playing with technique and disrupting expectation, this powerful collection captures how fire affects psyches and lives. And it shows how, sometimes, demolition can lead to renovation.

About the author

Laura Pritchett, who lived on the edge of Colorado’s largest wildfire, has become one of the West’s major voices on environmental issues. Author of five novels, her books have received the PEN USA Award, the High Plains Book Award, the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, the Willa, and several Colorado Book Awards. She is the Director of the MFA in Nature Writing at Western Colorado University and a regular columnist and contributor to major publications in the West.

About the Club 

The Literary Sojourn Author Study is a book discussion series designed to enhance the experience of reading our festival authors. Bud Werner Library provides book copies on loan for each group discussion. All of the discussion titles are also available in audio and e-book formats. These discussions are designed for moderation and mingling with members of the Literary Sojourn organizing committee as we dive into select fiction, memoir and nonfiction titles by our featured authors. Open to anyone interested in participating, discussions are designed to be inclusive, supportive and meet the needs and interests of the group. Choose to join in for one or all the conversations as participants read and gather to talk about works from each of the year's featured writers.

Learn more about Literary Sojourn, all this year's authors, and their complete reading lists at