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July 14, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Rick Platz maintained a solo law practice in Humboldt County for over 35 years. He served as City Attorney for the City of Blue Lake for 32 of those years before retiring here in 2009. In addition to Bristlecone, the author has written the novels Appointment At Angahuan (with James A. Kline), Of Magic and Delusion, and Project Divine Wind. He has also written three books of short stories entitled Memories and other Fictions, Dreamtime, and Vanishing Point.
Blue Lake Library
111 Greenwood Ave.
Blue Lake, CA 95525
Free. Books will be available for sale & signing.
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2:00 p.m. Blue Lake Library, Local Author Richard Platz Reads from New Book

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Local author Richard Platz reads from Bristlecone, his most recent novel, and signs copies of his books. He says "For over forty years I’ve lived and worked in Blue Lake, CA, near the western terminus of Highway 299. But ever since I first gazed down from the crest of the South Warner Wilderness on a backpacking trip and beheld the Surprise Valley, my secret fascination has been with the eastern end of that lonely highway. The vision has churned inside my mind for a quarter century, but now has been released. My most recent novel, entitled Bristlecone, is set in this fragile narrow sliver of land caught between the snow-capped Warners and the jackrabbit and greasewood wasteland of Nevada’s basin and range. It asks the question 'What if your freedom to travel were taken away?'

The bleached, barkless skeleton of a Bristlecone Pine towers against blue sky.
What if your freedom to travel were taken away?
That's what Richard Platz asks in his new book, Bristlecone, a novel just published in March 2018.

After the death of his wife, Tildie, weary old dirt farmer Shadrack Smithers feels the need to take a road trip beyond the boundaries of his Surprise Valley farm. He wants to return to the Ozarks, where he and Tildie had begun their family. Elan Groves, Shadrack's neighbor, wants to go along for the ride, and so does his teenage daughter Katie. Problem is, none of them have got a travel permit, and times have gotten weird. Government is fragmenting. Civil order is breaking down.

Not until Shadrack makes it to his destination do we learn the true purpose of his journey. Along the way, encounters with an overworked policeman and a rejuvenated preacher turn everything upside down. This is the story of Shadrack's quest for solace on a circular journey for redemption, and his deepening involvement with the salvation of his home community.