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The combined efforts of several Arkansas Valley groups will result in a visit by acclaimed Western author Chris Enss to mountain communities in Colorado from June 11-12.

Enss is a New York Times bestselling author who has written about women of the Old West for over 20 years. She has written over 40 published books on the subject. His work has been recognized with five Will Rogers Medallion Awards, an Elmer Kelton Book Award, an Oklahoma Center for the Book Award, and a Finalist Award for Western Writers of America Spur.

Enss’s most recently published work is “According to Kate: The Legendary Life of Big Nose Kate Elder, Love of Doc Holliday.” His soon-to-be-released book, “The Widowed Ones,” is a fresh perspective on General George Armstrong Custer’s widow.

As President of Western Writers of America, Enss currently participates in the group’s Packing the West educational program designed for students in grades two through six. “We want to introduce kids to books about the American West and teach them about the history of the border,” Enss said.

Award-winning Western author Phil Mills Jr., who is vice president of Western Writers of America, joins Enss on this visit. His books include three historical novels set in Wyoming in the 1880s and six children’s books. His Wyoming series includes “Where a Good Wind Blows”, “Where the Wildflowers Dance” and, most recently, “Where Cold the Waters Run”. “Where a Good Wind Blows” received a Spur Finalist Award for Best Western Audiobook 2010 from the Western Writers of America.

Chaffee County Writers Exchange (CCWE) will sponsor a luncheon with Enss and Mills on Friday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Twin Lakes Inn. Enss and Mills will be presenting a lunchtime talk titled “Creative Marketing With Nothing But A Dream and a Good Book”. The talk will focus on marketing techniques writers can use with their existing or forthcoming books. Tickets for lunch cost $ 30 each and are available by visiting CCWritersExchange.org. CCWE members are welcome to attend and tickets are also available to the public. The seats are limited; visit the CCWE website to reserve a spot on CCWritersExchange.org.

On Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, Enss and Mills will visit the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum (NMHFM) at 120 W. Ninth St. Enss will present a talk on the historical figures she has researched and the many stories. she has written over the years about some of the West’s most intriguing historical figures. The event is free, but the museum asks those who wish to attend to call 719-486-1229 to reserve a spot by June 7.

Immediately after their visit to the NMHFM, the writers will cross the street to the Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin at 912 Harrison Ave. for a reception and book signing. There is no charge to attend the Healy House reception, but an admission fee will be charged for those wishing to take a tour. Reserve a spot for the tour in advance by calling 719-486-0487.

The authors will stay and dine at the Twin Lakes Inn on Saturday evening. To join them for dinner, call the Twin Lakes Inn to make reservations at 719-486-7965.

For more information about Enss, visit its website at www.chrisenss.com. For more information about Mills, visit www.philmillsjr.com.


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