Literary Lights: A Celebration of Canmore Writers


On Thursday (Jan. 28) at 7 p.m., authors and friends will come together at the Rose & Crown in Canmore to celebrate Rocky Mountain Books (RMB) and its connection to the local writing community.

The evening will include the launch of new RMB titles, including local author Robert William Sandford’s Storm Warning: Water and Climate Security in a Changing World and The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity in a Changing World, (co-authored with Jon O’Riordan) and co-authors Mike Murtha and Charles Helm Through An Unknown Country: The Jarvis-Hanington Winter Expedition Through The Northern Rockies, 1874-1875).

Storm Warning delves into a human and industrial-based society changing the composition of the planet’s atmosphere and causing it to warm at an unnatural and oftentimes astonishingly rapid rate. Sandford looks into how much of that warmth is being absorbed by water, which, as a result, is moving through the global hydrological cycle faster and in unprecedented ways.

RMB publisher Don Gorman will attend to accept a plaque in recognition of RMB’s ongoing contribution to the vitality of the local writing community. This is a free event open and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

“It’s basically the brainchild of Bob Sanford; it started off as a launch for his book and then I think he decided to turn it into more of a celebration of Canmore writing and publishing,” said Gorman. “We came to the realization that RMB probably publishes more Bow Valley authors than any other publisher in the country, and part of our mandate is to make sure we’re covering that ground as well as we possibly can, so he decided to create a Literary Lights evening celebrating writers in the Bow Valley and Canmore.”

Gorman stepped into the role of RMB owner a decade ago, after it was originally founded by Tony and Gillean Daffern in 1979 with a focus on guidebooks and local history.

“Since then we’ve grown exponentially; originally the company was producing around three to five books a year and we’re now doing between 20 and 40 books a year and a majority of those are Canmore writers, including Bob Sanford, Glen Boles, Jeremy Kroeker, Chic Scott and Bernadette McDonald, to name a few,” said Gorman. “This is the first time in recent memory where we’ve all gotten together to celebrate what it is we’re doing.

“Bob (Sanford) was one of the first authors I went to when I took over RMB. I wanted to work with him and publish his mountain histories and writing on the environment, specifically in terms of what’s going on in the Rockies, and since then we’ve done half a dozen books and he’s a great supporter of RMB and helps in bringing in other writers, authors and artists.”

Established in 1979 to specialize primarily in guidebooks for hikers, climbers and skiers, RMB today successfully publishes and promotes a dynamic and expansive list of provocative, engaging and award-winning books on mountain history, adventure travel, outdoor culture, environmental awareness and contemporary photography, as well as books for children.


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