Keep Westword Free

Today's featured event: Author Mark Obmascik's got his eyes on the sky again

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.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.


Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.