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Today's featured event: Let Boulder author John Shors take you very, very far away

World traveler, journalist, PR exec: Boulderite John Shors has done it all. But these days, he wears the hat of a novelist because, upon the release of his third work of fiction, Dragon House (NAL Trade, $15), he's proven himself an author with a big scope -- one who writes focused stories with grand historical and geographical backdrops. And while the first two novels, Beneath a Marble Sky and Beside a Burning Sea, took different routes through Asia to India and the South Pacific, this one is rooted in Vietnam, where an American couple open a center for street children and begin to view the world through the eyes of their wards. Shors, who's traveled extensively in Asia, bestows a knowing eye on this story of cultural blending to create what he calls his best novel. Which usually makes for a good read.

Shors will read from and sign copies of Dragon House tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street, Boulder. Get details at or call 303-447-2074. Or just get the goods on the book at

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