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Back in 2002, Mark Obmascik, part of the Denver Post team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, took a year off in order to write a book about, of all things, bird-watching -- and the slower pace agreed with him. "In journalism, we do things by the hour," he said at the time. "But a book is timed by the calendar -- which is nice for a change."
Looks like the change agreed with him. After the success of his birding tome, The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession, he's returned to the first-person book form with Halfway to Heaven: My White-knuckled -- and Knuckleheaded -- Quest for the Rocky Mountain High, in which he writes about scaling all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks in less than a year's time. The results could have been a grim slog, but Obmascik ladles on plenty of humor. Indeed, one reviewer admits that a certain passage caused her to laugh so hard that he "blew beer out of my nose." Bet Tolstoy never got an endorsement like that.
Obmascik talks about Halfway to Heaven at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Tattered Cover's LoDo branch, 1628 16th Street. There's no charge for admission. To learn more, phone 303-436-1070 or visit this page at TatteredCover.com.
For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, go to westword.com/calendar.