Ghost Dances reading and book signing Feb. 21

Josh Garrett-Denver

The Center of the American West is proud to present Josh Garrett-Davis, author of Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains, for a reading and book signing.

A native of South Dakota, the gifted young writer Josh Garrett-Davis takes a singular journey back to his origins on the Midwestern Plains and gives us a striking portrait of a distinctive American place. Politics and prairie, art and religion, all combine into a new picture of the region—one that departs from the long-standing images of the area as either a wasteland or a heroic frontier.

“Josh Garrett-Davis represents the emergence of a new generation of Western American writers, who know about and respect predecessors like Wallace Stegner and Ivan Doig, but who know how the West looks from a skateboard, and how it sounds in experiments in rock music,” Patty Limerick, Faculty Director of the Center of the American West.  “We are happy to play our part in calling attention to a welcome generational shift in the mind of the American West.”

The program will be held on Feb. 21, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in Benson Earth Sciences, Room 180 on the CU-Boulder campus. Books will be for sale at this event, which is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow.

Josh Garrett-Davis was born and raised in South Dakota. He has written songs since he was eight or nine, and played bass guitar in unknown rock and roll bands since he was fourteen. In his early twenties, he began thinking about ways to update and explore the history, politics, and mythology of his home region, the Plains. After writing several folk-rock songs in that vein, he began researching and writing a long prose ballad, Ghost Dances: Proving Up on the Great Plains. It is his first book.  Josh is currently a graduate student in History at Princeton University.

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