“Antler Dust,” by Colorado author Mark Stevens, will be the first book discussed in a new book club collaboration between Off the Beaten Path and The Barley.
Justin Keys, owner of The Barley and avid reader, recalls long ago having conversations with the bookstore about how the two local spots could team up on something.
“A book club seemed like the obvious route,” he said.
The collaboration will deliver great beer and great books, said Hallie Priday, marketing manager for Off the Beaten Path. The goal is to bring like-minded people—namely, those who love books—to one room where they can meet, mingle, and explore titles they might not otherwise read.
“One thing I love the most about Steamboat is that the people here really care about bringing the community together,” Keys said. “It’s important for The Barley and for the bookstore, especially in a market dominated by the internet.”
Keys encourages community members to shop locally and purchase the book from Off the Beaten Path who will offer it at 10% off for those who attend the book club.
“I think it’s important for people to remember to shop locally,” he said. “It’s important to support local stores, otherwise they will leave. The bookstore is much more than just a store.
The book, which is Steven’s latest iteration of his popular Allison Coil mystery series, tells the story of two men who went missing on the opening day of hunting season in the Flat Tops Wilderness. One is a hunting guide and the other is a protester. When Allison Coil, another hunting guide, hears a shotgun blast and sees something through the snow, she knows someone who knows something isn’t stepping forward.
“We chose ‘Antler Dust’ because we wanted to have an interesting outdoor book that everyone could enjoy,” Priday said. “We also love that the author is from Colorado and that the book is based in the Flat Tops. We loved reading this interesting mystery and being able to get into the story; being able to imagine exactly where the author imagined that the story unfolds is always fun.
Stevens, who lives in Mancos, Colorado, is the son of two librarians and grew up outside of Boston. Previously, he worked as a town hall reporter for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and as an education reporter for the Denver Post. Her book “Trapline,” the third book in the Allison Coil series, won the 2015 Colorado Book Award for Best Mystery and “Lake of Fire,” the fourth book in the series, was a finalist in 2016.
Attendees will receive happy hour fare at The Barley for the duration of the meeting and are encouraged to join even if they haven’t read or finished the book yet. The second meeting will take place on June 21 and will discuss “Stranger in the Woods” by Michael Finkle.
Sophie Dingle is a writer for Steamboat Pilot & Today. It can be reached via the editor.