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September 23rd, 2023

Sidewalk Bag Sale

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

All books outside

$5.00 per bag


We will have a limited number of bags, but please feel free to bring your own.

October 1, 2023

6:00 - 8:00

Artist Opening and Reception for Lisa Larsen

About Lisa Larsen

Lisa Larsen is an artist and illustrator based in Boulder, Colorado.

She enjoys painting in a variety of media drawing inspiration from nature and her travels. She paints mostly in Acrylics, Watercolor, and Gouache. As an avid gardener, it is no surprise that flowers often take center stage in much of her work.

Lisa runs an art licensing agency and runs workshops for artists who are interested in licensing their work.

When she is not elbow deep in paints or in garden dirt, you can find mountain biking, backpacking, snowboarding, or cross-country skiing.

October 6, 2023

PIPS SPEAK: Essays by Previously Important People

by Sarah Massey Warren PhD, Luellen Ramey PhD , et al.

The presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing at Inkberry Books.

PIPS SPEAK: Essays by Previously Important People is a collection of stand-on-their-own creative nonfiction essays ranging from 500 to 750 words from a group of writers over the age of 60. The essays cover the gamut from reactions to current events to thoughts on family, aging, children and dying, very much in the spirit of Montaigne. Readers see into the world of the writer -- and recognize similarities in their own lives. The prose varies from lyrical to poignant, quizzical to comic, incensed to at peace, reflecting the gamut of emotions being human evokes. The essayists contributing to this collection have lived full professional lives. Rejecting the common societal view of "seniors" as background rather than players in a vibrant community, our writers represent the accumulation of thoughts and reflections obtained through the need to take on creative challenges throughout life. 

The book will appeal to those over sixty or anyone who wants to find their own voice or seek community in isolating times. Rather than one-way communication, essayists invite the reader into conversations on different aspects of life - love, children, challenges, spirituality, rites of passage - from birth to death. Finally, the short format makes writing a challenge and an opportunity, rather than an overwhelming onus, accessible to anybody who dreams of writing. Our thirteen writers have been meeting monthly since 2018, either in person, or via Zoom. We read our essays aloud to the group. During Covid's isolation times our group provided comfort and support to each other. We have developed a deep sense of community and connection thorough our writing and sharing.

The three presenters are:

Jack Williamson
retired as a Chaplain in the U. S. Air Force after 24 years of service. He co-authored the book, Divorce: Six Ways to Get Through the Bad Times... for Good. He, along with Sarah Massey-Warren, piloted the first Intergenerational Writing Course at the University of Colorado. He is the grateful grandfather of two remarkable grandsons, both college students.

Beth Shaw is retired and lives in Boulder, Colorado. She taught literature at the college level, including assignments in China and Togo, West Africa. She was an international student advisor for twenty years and has done writing for international education publications.

Susan Josephs is an educator, consultant, curriculum developer, and mother, grandmother, and pet lover. A native New Yorker, she and her husband live in Boulder, Colorado. Her teacher and parent guides are available at Hoopoe Books, Her essay "More Choices For Wade" appears in From Dubs to Marbles.

October 13th, 2023

Finn Murphy, author of


A Tale of Boom and Bust in the New Wild West

7:00 at Inkberry Books

7960 Niwot Road, Niwot CO

The presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.

After decades as a long-haul trucker, Finn Murphy left the road and settled in Boulder County, Colorado. Before long he noticed that many of his neighbors were captivated by the prospect of vast riches in “the Hemp Space.” When hemp was legalized, after eighty years in federal exile, Colorado became the center of a hemp growing and processing boom. Figuring he’d harvest some of that easy money, Murphy bought a thirty-six-acre farm. What could go wrong? Well, pretty much everything…

Rocky Mountain High is the comic chronicle of a wild year as Murphy follows his Great American Dream, gradually losing his shirt but not his spirit. Pivoting away from growing hemp himself, he decides to make himself a middleman. He builds drying sheds the size of football fields. He battles with freezing temperatures and even colder bankers. And he assembles an eclectic crew of workers, including the wry and vastly talented Manuel, the business savvy Pierce, and a scruffy army of “trimmigrants”—specialized farm laborers who roam the country pursuing (or not) their own American Dreams. Pretty soon, Murphy is pitting his dwindling cash against the mercurial buyers who inhabit the Wild West of the hemp market.

Told with Murphy’s trademark wit, keen eye for character, and sharp insights into the hardscrabble society around him, Rocky Mountain High is an inside look at the alluring world of the hemp boom and a masterful tale of one entrepreneur’s misadventures.

About the Author

Finn Murphy is the author of Rocky Mountain High and The Long Haul, a national bestseller about his many years as a long-haul trucker. He grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Colorado.

October 14, 2023

Musical Chairs: a 76-Year-Old's Quest to Learn Every Instrument in the Orchestra

by James Mitchell

7:00 at Inkberry Books

7960 Niwot Road, Niwot CO

The presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.

There are few things in life more uplifting and inspiring than witnessing someone seemingly quite ordinary do something quite extraordinary. The walk-on athlete who lifts his team to the championship. The high school drop-out who gets the company he started in his garage listed on Nasdaq. We admire their success, but more importantly their brash, unreasonable ambition brings our own dreams a little closer.

Does a seventy-six-year-old non-musician’s quest to play all the instruments in the orchestra seem brash and unreasonable enough? His remarkable, often funny, experience uplifts, fascinates and entertains.

Delving into music history and immersing himself in the works of Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and other great composers, Mitchell recounts what happens as he does battle with the orchestra.

There are the struggles and eureka moments that come with serial learning, but it is a surprise when he weaves in tales of Tarzan and Jane, doing surgery on a Double Bass, falling in love with a cello, and spying between the Stradavari and Amati families in 17th century Tuscany.

These flights of fancy do not detract from the central theme of learning the instruments, but it gives the book another dimension that makes it a good read for anyone with a healthy curiosity and a touch of the adventurer.


James Mitchell was born in New York City, which nurtured his love of classical music from an  early age. Professing little or no talent, however, he left the playing of music mostly to others until the writing of Musical Chairs. For the 67 years that elapsed between music

lessons, James was an actor, a sales manager for a ski Company, president of a national advertising agency, a cowboy and wilderness outfitter, an educator, and co-founder of an NGO aiding women in Afghanistan. James is working on two new books, and otherwise occupies his time going to concerts, playing music, tennis, cycling, and riding and driving horses. He lives in The country north of Denver, Colorado, with his wife, some zebra finches, an old cat, and a
few equines. He is immensely proud of his two grown offspring and has one very young grandson.

October 27, 2023

Author Sophia Stone

The presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing at Inkberry Books.

Based on a true story, this novel tells the harrowing journey of an orphaned child born to Jewish immigrant parents in Norway. Dora experiences great loss during the Holocaust and barely  escapes Nazi pursuit on skis.

Seeking refuge in Sweden during the remainder of the war, she eventually creates a new life in America, becoming an immigrant in her own right. Living in Reno, Nevada she faces challenges however soon falls in love, marries, and starts a family all the while finding and reconciling her Jewish identity. After twice divorcing the same man, Doreen ultimately finds solace in the love of her family. Her epic adventure from young girl to 105-year-old grandmother is both riveting and endearing.

About The Author

This is Sophia Stone's debut novel. She wrote this book as a tribute to her paternal grandmother's journey as a  Jewish woman living most of the 20th century. Growing up on the east coast and extremely involved with her Jewish community, Sophia often
shared thoughts about life and Jewish identity with her "Granny". By sharing this true story, Sophia compels her readers to gain a better
understanding of the Jewish experience, and the will to survive as exemplified in the perseverance of Jews for generations. She currently
lives in Colorado with her partner, his daughter, and their two dogs and leopard gecko.

October 28th, 2023

Cindy Maynard

author of

7:00 at Inkberry Books

7960 Niwot Road, Niwot CO

The presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.


In 1250AD, in an isolated village at the foot of the Pyrenees, old Basque folk traditions are on a collision course with the onslaught of Christianity. One night, Amika, a young woman on the brink of adulthood, is awoken by an angry mob hunting down "heretics." Amika witnesses her mother, an herbal healer, being dragged off to her fiery death. Amika flees to the forest in terror. With the help of rescuers from both the old and the new traditions, she sets off upon her journey of self-discovery along the Camino de Santiago, Spain. Along the way Amika encounters danger, hardship and fear before she meets the man and child with whom she will share her future.


Motivated by the memory of her mother dying in her arms, Esperanza resolves that she will one day walk the halls of the Scola Medica at Salerno and train to become a doctor. Fate brought Amika, a talented herbalist, into her life. She rescued the orphaned Esperanza and helped her take her first steps toward gaining the knowledge that would fulfill her dream. Unfortunately, a tragic accident forced Esperanza to flee Amika's home. Her journey toward finding the path to success is littered with stumbling blocks, some more difficult to avoid than she expected. Relying on her strength and resilience, Esperanza manages to find her way.


Cindy Maynard’s love of history, the natural world, and her insatiable curiosity come through loud and clear in her writing. Her characters come to life leading the reader to imagine what it was like to live in another time and place. Her most recent books, Finding the Way, and Esperanza's Way were inspired by her 500-mile trek across northern Spain along the Camino de Santiago. Cindy’s previous work, Soyala: Daughter of the Desert, won the Colorado Authors League award for Western literature, and WILLA Finalist Award, weaves a compelling, dramatic story based on the pre-history of the desert Southwest. Her debut novel, Anastasia's Book of Days, winner of the Marie M. Irvine award for Literary Excellence, is based on the purported diaries of the author's great-great grandmother. The story reflects the momentous changes sweeping across her beloved Black Forest homeland at the start of the nineteenth century. When not researching and writing Cindy can be found wandering the trails around Boulder CO, singing in her chorus, and volunteering for environmental organizations. To learn more: