Radio Bookclub: Karen Auvinen – Rough Beauty

Local author Karen Auvinen joins us at the radio bookclub to talk about her new book Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living, a record of her experiences living alone at 8,500 feet.

After a cabin fire incinerates every word she has ever written and all of her possessions — except for her dog Elvis and a few singed artifacts — Karen Auvinen flees to a primitive cabin in the Rockies to live in solitude as a writer and to embrace all the beauty and brutality nature has to offer.

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Hear more of the conversation with Karen Auvinen in our After Hours edition, in which she talks about her experience as the cookbook buyer at Boulder’s iconic Peppercorn store.

The Radio Bookclub is a collaboration between KGNU and the Boulder Bookstore. Every month Arsen Kashkashian, head buyer at the Boulder Bookstore, selects a book to inspire listeners to read along together. The author will then join us in-studio for a discussion which we broadcast on the 4th Thursday of every month at 9am.




An episode of Afterhours at the Radio Bookclub was recently recognized by the PRNDI, Public Radio News Directors Inc., in their 2018 awards in the Best Podcast in Small Newsrooms Category.

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