Off the Beaten Path II hosts 9 local authors at event today |

Off the Beaten Path II hosts 9 local authors at event today

— Local author Dagny Mc­­Kinley knows the connection among local authors and the Steamboat Springs community runs deep.

Today at Off the Beaten Path II, McKinley will have the chance to meet and sign books with eight other authors, including Christina Olds, whose father, Robin Olds, once inhabited the house McKinley now lives in. He’s also the subject of Christina’s historical memoir, “Fighter Pilot.”

“I think when you’re around other writers, it pushes writing to another level,” McKinley said. “It’s important to be challenged and inspired by others. Like Rod Hanna’s ‘Seasons of Gold,’ it’s a beautiful book, and it always stimulates my photography.”

Hanna, Olds and McKinley, who authored the dog sledding book “Wild Hearts,” are three of the nine authors scheduled to attend a book-signing event called Reveal the Local Connection from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

Off the Beaten Path II, a new ski area location for the bookstore based on Ninth Street in downtown Steamboat, opened its doors almost three weeks ago in the lobby of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Events and marketing coordinator Kim Keith said today’s event is intended to highlight local talents for residents and visitors.

“I think people don’t realize how many amazing people we have in this town,” Keith said. “I wanted to kind of bring them all together. It should be a lot of fun. I wanted to bring attention to our new location in the Sheraton and highlight these artists.”

Olds, Hanna and McKinley will be joined by cello player John Sant’Ambrogio, who wrote “The Day I Almost Destroyed the Boston Symphony Orch­estra.”

Local high school graduate Tori Christensen will be on hand with samples from her recently released gluten-free cookbook “A Bite of Heaven.”

Bonnie McGee, whose book is based on her circumnavigation of the globe on a sailboat, will give a slideshow presentation.

Historical, self-inspiring and regional geography books by local authors also will be highlighted.

“I think they’ll be amazed at the variety of authors we have,” Keith said about visitors who might stop by the bookstore today. “Just being able to meet one on one with people that created these pieces of work, whether it be a photograph or the writing … I think people will be amazed.”

McKinley, who will bring her Alaskan husky Alma Rose, said guests are likely to see another side of Steamboat at the book signing.

“I think hopefully they’ll get a little bit of the flavor of Steamboat and that different mix,” McKinley said. “Not only do they get to see the Steamboat landscape, they get to meet the people that make up that landscape.”

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