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.
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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.