Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Cowboys, Reporters, and Activists Collide in New Novel!

Based in small-town Colorado, RON MCLARTY’s newest and highly-anticipated third novel, Art in America, is sure to strike a chord with local readers. McLarty, best known for his critically acclaimed work, The Memory of Running, seamlessly blends the complexities of modern western existence with stunning narrative grace. Enlivened by the richness and gritty reality of his characters and the sparkling ease of their dialogue, Art in America is a work that transcends the affairs of everyday life. It is a must read for anyone interested in Colorado, the politics of small-town America or that greater bond that ties us all together.

Set in the fictitious town of Creedemore, Colorado, Art in America opens to a land-rights dispute which has splintered the local community, pitting neighbor against neighbor and attracting the attention of the national media. Into this chaos comes Steven Kearney, a prolific New York author, who has been commissioned by the Creedemore Historical Society to write and direct a play dramatizing the town's history. Steven's relocation sparks a colorful fish-out-of-water story populated with cowboys, environmental activists, hordes of reporters, performance artists, eco-terrorists and bona fide outlaws. It is a tale of fracture and community, art and life, and McLarty’s poignant, often hilarious narrative convinces us to root for the residents of Creedemore as though they were our own friends and neighbors.

Ron McLarty will speak and sign Art in America (Viking, $25.95) on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 7:30 pm. The event will be held at the Boulder Book Store on 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80301.