His grandfather was at the infamous Ludlow Massacre; his father worked in the fields around Boulder. Regnier himself was born in Erie to a family of coal miners, and he's used his own past and that of his ancestors (both Taos Pueblo and Belgian) to create books beloved by readers of all ages. Regnier has written historic accounts of Gold Hill (including thirteen volumes of oral histories), as well as books of poetry and a series of adult novels featuring coal miners, gold diggers and the women in the Wild West. His most beloved books, however, are perhaps his Feather Books, a series of ten children's books about a young Pueblo boy who moves to Colorado. Today in the Boulder Library's Canyon Theater, 10001 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, Regnier (now in his eighties) will participate in a salon-style conversation to help celebrate Gold Hill (and Boulder's) sesquicentennial year. The salon kick off at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public; call 303-441-3100 or visit www.boulder.lib.co.us. For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, visit westword.com/calendar.
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