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Bruce Holbert

An author who has written extensively about Okanogan County history, will offer a reading at the Grand Coulee public library.

Bruce Holbert will read from his recent book "The Hour of Lead" a epic family novel and coming of age story that is once again imbibed with the mythology of the west at 6 p.m., Aug. 19.

The public is invited, and this book along with his previous novel "Lonesome Animals" will be on sale that evening.

Holbert, the son of Pat Holbert of Electric City, graduated from Lake Roosevelt High School, and is a graduate of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. His writings have appeared in the Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, Other Voices, The Antioch Review. Crab Creek Review, West Wind Review and Cairn.

The author grew up at the foot of the Okanogan mountains. His great-grandfather was an Indian scout and among the first settlers of the Grand Coulee, his publisher says.

"Lonesome Animals" is about Russell Strawl, a former lawman, who comes out of retirement to hunt a serial killer. This book was named as a Best Book of 2012 by both the Seattle Times and Slate.

Holbert resides in Nine Mile Falls with his wife Holly and three children, his dog, three cats and two pair of mated bald eagles.

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