Bestselling Author Mary Doria Russell In Estes Park
One Book One Valley 2012 is honored to welcome award-winning and bestselling author Mary Doria Russell to Estes Park for a one-night-only speaking event. Russell will discuss her writing and give insights into her novel “Doc,” which offers an entirely fresh, engaging, and richly-researched take on the Doc Holliday story. Last spring, residents of the Estes Valley voted “Doc” as the choice for this fall’s One Book project, inviting the entire community to read, reflect upon and discuss this single book.
“An Evening with Mary Doria Russell” will take place on Wednesday, October 24 at 7 pm at the Estes Park High School Auditorium. The event is free, but it is recommended that attendees obtain advance tickets to ensure available seating. Tickets are now available at the Library and at Macdonald Book Shop in downtown Estes Park.
While ultimately focusing on the legendary Doc Holliday’s lively days in Dodge City, the novel begins with a poignant telling of the future dentist’s birth and special relationship with his mother, who would succumb to tuberculosis while her son was still a child. “The shining silver wire that runs through ‘Doc’ is John Henry Holliday’s love for his mother,” Russell wrote in a letter to readers.
“The Doc Holliday of legend is a gambler and gunman who appears out of nowhere in 1881, arriving in Tombstone with a bad reputation and a hooker named Big Nose Kate,” said Russell. “But I have written the story of Alice Holliday’s son: a scared, sick, lonely boy, born for the life of a minor aristocrat in a world that ceased to exist at the end of the Civil War, trying to stay alive on the rawest edge of the American frontier.”
The book is “filled with action and humor, yet philosophically rich and deeply moving,” as described in Kirkus Reviews, which declared it a “magnificent read.”
While the October 24 event is free, those attending are encouraged to make a donation to the Doc Holliday Memorial Smile Train Fund, which supports medical efforts worldwide toward the medical treatment of cleft palates and cleft lips. In the novel, Holliday is remembered as the first beneficiary of a cleft palate surgery to be performed in America. Donations may be made at the door or online by following instructions at estesvalleylibrary.org.
For more information about this or other One Book One Valley events, visit the Library’s website or call (970) 586-8116. This year’s project is made possible by the Estes Valley Library Foundation and a generous bequest from the Sally Uhlir estate.