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Steamboat bar, book store collaborate on community book club

The Barley, pictured above, is collaborating with Off the Beaten Path to put on a community book club which begins next week with the book, “Antler Dust” by Colorado author Mark Stevens.
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“Antler Dust”, by Colorado author Mark Stevens, will be the first book discussed in a new book club collaboration between Off the Beaten Path and The Barley.

Justin Keys, owner of The Barley and an avid reader, long ago remembers having conversations with the bookstore on how the two local spots could partner on something.

“A book club seemed like the obvious way,” he said.



The collaboration will provide good beer and good books, said Hallie Priday, marketing manager for Off the Beaten Path. The goal is to have like-minded individuals – namely, those who love books – together in one room where they can meet, mingle and explore titles that they might not otherwise read.

“One thing I love most about Steamboat is that people here really care about bringing the community together,” said Keys. “That’s important to The Barley and to the bookstore, especially in an internet-dominated marketplace.”



Keys is encouraging community members to shop locally and to buy the book from Off the Beaten Path which will offer it at a 10% discount for those participating in the book club.

“I think it’s important for people to remember to shop locally,” he said. “It’s important to support local stores or else they’ll go away. The bookstore is a lot more than just a store.”

If you go

What: Barley Book Club

Where: The Barley; 635 Lincoln Ave.

When: May 17, 7-9 p.m.

Books are available at Off the Beaten Path at a 10% discount

The book, which is Steven’s latest iteration of his popular Allison Coil mystery series, tells the story of two men who go missing on opening day of hunting season in the Flat Tops Wilderness. One is a hunting guide and the other is a protester. When Allison Coil, another hunting guide, hears a rifle shot and sees something through the snow, she knows that someone who knows something isn’t coming forward.

“We chose ‘Antler Dust’ because we wanted to have an interesting, outdoorsy book that everyone can enjoy,” said Priday. “We also love that the author is from Colorado and that the book is based in the Flat Tops. We loved reading this interesting mystery and being able to step into the story; being able to picture exactly where the author envisioned the story taking place is always fun.”

Antler Dust is the first book being discussed in the opening month of the new community book club hosted by Off the Beaten Path and The Barley.
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Stevens, who lives in Mancos, Colorado, is the son of two librarians and was raised outside of Boston. He previously worked as a city hall reporter for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver and as an education reporter for The Denver Post. His book ‘Trapline,’ the third book in the Allison Coil series, won the 2015 Colorado Book Award for best mystery and ‘Lake of Fire,’ the fourth book in the series, was a finalist in 2016.

Participants will receive happy hour pricing at The Barley for the duration of the meeting and are encouraged to join even if they haven’t read or finished the book yet. The second meeting will take place on June 21 and will discuss ‘Stranger in the Woods’ by Michael Finkle.


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