Welcome to ‘Junction, Utah’

Local author Rebecca Lawton will celebrate the publication of her latest novel, “Junction, Utah” with a February 21 reception at Readers’ Books.

The novel takes place on the rivers and in the wilderness of the beautiful and beleaguered Uintah Basin in northeastern Utah. Lawton will discuss the work and share a brief slideshow of wild rivers and locations that became settings in the book. There will also be talk of the story behind the story and how it connects to the Sonoma Ecology Center’s work in county watersheds

Thee event begins with a 7 p.m. reception, with live music from the band Bosonoma. A $10 donation to support the Sonoma Ecology Center is requested.

Lawton was among the first female river guides on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and on other rivers in the West. Her collection of essays, “Reading Water: Lessons from the River,” was a San Francisco Chronicle Bay Area bestseller.

“Junction, Utah,” was inspired by Lawton’s own years as a whitewater guide. Her presentation will include images of the Colorado River rapids, pictures of early and modern day river guides, as well as photos of places in the West that became settings in the novel.

Lawton is also co-author of the local bestseller, “On Foot: Twelve Hikes in the Valley of the Moon.” She has worked locally for Sonoma Ecology Center, where she collaborates with other nonprofits and public agencies on projects to sustain watershed health.

Readers’ Books is located at 130 E. Napa St. For more information, call 707-939-1779.

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