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Park County's own Mark Spragg is 2010 Wasden Memorial Reader

Posted October 7, 2010

POWELL, Wyo. - The Winifred S. Wasden Memorial Reading kicks off the 2010-11 NWC Writers Series with Mark Spragg, the author who painted the North Fork country into the imaginations of America with his collection of essays, “Where Rivers Change Directions.”  In addition to reading from his most recent novel, “Bone Fire,” Spragg will be discussing the range of his work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Rendezvous Lounge of the DeWitt Student Center at Northwest College.

“Bone Fire” has received significant critical acclaim, which continues a distinguished career that began with “Where Rivers Change Direction,” winner of the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers award. He followed that with three novels.  All four were top-ten Book Sense selections and “An Unfinished Life,” was chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as the Best Book of 2004. 

Spragg and his wife, Virginia, also co-wrote the screenplay for Miramax's film version of “An Unfinished Life.”

His work has been translated into fifteen languages. 

Spragg’s reading marks the third Winifred S. Wasden Memorial reading, a tradition that celebrates the life of the longtime English professor for whom it's named.

A reception will follow Spragg’s reading.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.