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Chris Bohjalian to visit Fort Collins November 1st 2:00 pm

Chris Bohjalian to visit Fort Collins this November 1st at 2:00 pm at the Hilton.

Fort Collins Reads has chosen “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” by Chris Bohjalian for its 2015 one-city, one-book program.

Bohjalian (pronounced Bo-jail-yen) will speak at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Hilton in Fort Collins. He’ll be accompanied by his 21-year-old daughter, Grace Experience, who narrated the audiobook for “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands.” Tickets go on sale after Labor Day.

Fort Collins Reads is a volunteer program that annually selects and promotes a book then hosts the author’s visit to the city. Bohjalian is the 13th author selected for the program. Other authors have included Geraldine Brooks, T.C. Boyle and Garth Stein.

Bohjalian’s book was named best book of the year by the Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It’s a New York Times and an Indiebound bestseller.

“Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” is the story of a teen-ager who becomes homeless after her parents are killed in a meltdown at the Vermont nuclear plant where they both work. To survive, the young woman steals, sleeps on the floor of a drug dealer’s apartment, prostitutes herself, and creates a new identity for herself based on her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson.

Bohjalian has written 17 books, including 10 New York Times bestsellers.  His other books include “The Sandcastle Girls,” “Trans-Sister Radio and “Midwives.”  He and his wife live in Vermont.

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