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Barry Lopez Among the Highlights at the Library This Week
Doug Smith will tell wolf tales on the eve of the anniversary of the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park.
Monday, July 15, 2019


The connections between Winston Churchill and Sun Valley’s Averell Harriman and their families will be discussed during one of five presentations being offered this week at Ketchum’s Community Library.

Yellowstone’s wolves, a reading by National Book Award winner Barry Lopez and appearances by two of the professional ice skaters taking part in the ice shows at Sun Valley Resort will comprise the other two.

  • Jason Graetz, a professional ice skater from Winnipeg, Canada, will talk at 10:30 a.m. today—Monday, July 15, during Story Time.He will speak at the Children’s Library.

    Graetz, who has a touch of comedian in him, has performed in more than 30 countries. And he estimates he has fallen on the ice over 15,000 times in 4,000 shows—on purpose.

  • Lee Pollock and historian Catherine Grace Katz will probe the relationship Churchill and Harriman forged during World War II in a at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16.

    Harriman—Franklin Roosevelt’s special envoy—was at Churchill’s side as a house guest when Churchill turned on the radio to hear of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The two were two of the most prominent figures of the 20th century yet different in background, personality and experience.

    Pollock, a regular presenter at The Community Library, was the longtime executive director of The International Churchill Society. Katz, is an author and historian from Chicago whose first book “The Daughters of Yalta,” will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2020.

  • Douglas W. Smith, senior wildlife biologist with Yellowstone National Park, will tell the story of the Yellowstone wolves at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. The presentation marks the eve of the 25th anniversary of the reintroduction.

    Smith will talk about how they were reintroduced, how they have impacted the ecosystem and how the human controversy continues to be the wolves’ biggest challenge.

    Smith has co-authored three books on wolves, including “The Wolves of Yellowstone & Decade of the Wolf,” which won the 2005 Montana Book Award for best book published in Montana. He has done more than 2,000 media interviews, including one on “60 Minutes.”

  • Erin Reed, who has been performing as a principal skater in professional ice shows for 10 years, will discuss her career at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, in the Children’s Library. This summer marks her seventh consecutive summer as a soloist in the Sun Valley Ice Show.
  • Barry Lopez will appear at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in an appearance provided by the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, which takes place Saturday through Tuesday at Sun Valley Resort. A book signing will follow.

Lopez, who writes of humanitarian and environmental concerns, is best known for “Arctic Dreams,” for which he won a National Book Award. The book explores the wonders of the Far North, including its stunted forests, its mesmerizing aurora borealis, its frozen seas and its exotic beasts, which range from musk oxen to narwhal.

His other non-fiction books include “About This Life” and “Of Wolves and Men,” which was a National Book Award finalist.

His cultural inquiry has taken him to more than 90 countries, some of which is detailed in his recently released memoir titled “Horizon.”

He received the honorary Geographer 2011 Award from the Association of American Geographers, as well as the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters He also has received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, five National Science Foundation Fellowships and Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction.

All the presentations are free.



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