Presentations with local authors set for downtown bookstore

A series of free presentations featuring local authors is scheduled to continue from 6 to 7 p.m. July 13 and 20 at Crystal Books and Gifts, 439 Main St. in downtown Grand Junction.

The July 13 presentation will feature Rebecca Carpenter, author of “Butterfly Bones,” who will discuss the importance of the first pages of a book in engaging readers and supplying important information that moves stories forward. Lucinda Stein — the award-winning author of “Jadeiete’s Journey,” “Dry Run, Oklahoma” and other titles — will discuss the backgrounds behind her books.

On July 20, Matt Djos will read from and sign copies of “Like White, Scattering Flowers,” the first novel in a triology about alcoholism, addiction and the forgotten generation in the last half of the 20th century. Helen Sperber will read from “The Blue Wildebeest,” a story about three life-long friends who pursue their bucket lists while vacationing in Cape Cod, and share ideas about how people can enable their own visions and those of the seniors they love.

For more information about Crystal Books and Gifts and upcoming events there, call 242-5181 or visit the website located at