Author Will Hobbs Speaks at Anasazi Heritage Center Sunday
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Will Hobbs
Will Hobbs
DOLORES – Durango-based Will Hobbs, the author of outdoor adventures for young adult readers, will speak at the Anasazi Heritage Center at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 11 as part of the Four Corners Lecture Series. Admission to the museum will be free all day.
Hobbs is the author of 17 novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture-book stories. Seven of his novels, Bearstone, Downriver, The Big Wander, Beardance, Far North, The Maze, and Jason's Gold, have been selected as “Best Books for Young Adults” by the American Library Association. ALA has also named Hobbs’ Far North and Downriver to its list of the 100 Best Young Adult Books of the Twentieth Century; his Ghost Canoe received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in l998 for Best Young Adult Mystery, as well.

With stories that appeal to both boys and girls, Hobbs has readers discovering wild places, sharing adventures with people from varied backgrounds, and exploring how to make important choices in their own lives.
Rivers, canyons, and mesas of the Four Corners landscape figure prominently in Hobbs’ adventures.

The setting might be a lost Spanish gold mine, rampaging rapids, a lightning-struck peak, or a haunted village of the Ancient Ones. Some of his most memorable young heroes are Utes and other Native Americans, whose cultures provide strength and wisdom for the journey toward adulthood.

“My first hope for my novels is that they tell a good story,” says Hobbs. “Beyond that, I hope to inspire a love for the natural world. I'd like my readers to appreciate and to care more about what's happening to wild
creatures, wild places, and the diversity of life.”

Hobbs’ presentation is part of the Four Corners Lecture Series, which is jointly sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, Fort Lewis College, the Cortez Cultural Center, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, and KSJD Public Radio. Lectures and events take place in a variety of locations throughout the summer and fall, and all events are free.

The Anasazi Heritage Center is an office of the Bureau of Land Management, located three miles west of Dolores on Highway 184. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call the Center at 882-5600, or visit the museum’s web site at
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