The High Dive

As a hard-bodied, dedicated rock climber with a reputation for adventuring and writing about it, Steph Davis had no fear of high places. But after a breakup with her climber husband, she found herself left behind without a career, in the company of her dog, Fletch, searching for new meaning in a life gone sour. She found it in the sky: Davis gave up her last grip on the solid ground of rock climbing and took up skydiving and base-jumping, and now she’s written about it in a memoir titled Learning to Fly, which plays up the physical act of letting go as a metaphor for learning to fly alone. More a story of how her life was transformed by her free-floating pastime than one of the adventure itself, Learning to Fly might be compared to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild or Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love.

Davis will introduce the memoir tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street; admission is a $5 voucher toward the purchase of the book. For more information, go to boulderbookstore.com or call 303-447-2074. Or see Davis for free at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street; get information online at tatteredcover.com or call 303-436-1070.
Tue., April 16, 7:30 p.m., 2013

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