M. John Fayhee Reads From His Latest Book, “A Long Tangent: Musings from an Old Man, His Young Dog & a Quest to Hike Every Day for a Year.”

M. John Fayhee is coming to Crested Butte to read from and sign copies of his latest book, “A Long Tangent: Musings from an old man, his young dog & a quest to hike every day for a year.”

“I am really looking forward to returning to Townie Books, where I have done numerous readings in the past,” Fayhee says. “I am also looking forward to re-visiting the Eldo and Kochevars to talk about literature, philosophy and narrative technique. Or to just drink beer.”

“A Long Tangent” — the preface of which was penned by Craig Childs — is not just a linear tale. It includes many interfaces with memory lane.

Fayhee writes about mortality, hiking sticks, trail names, the relationship hikers have with their vehicles, mystery mountains, stinky socks, debilitating hangovers, poison ivy, stupidity, getting lost, getting found, the gentrification of the American West and, most of all, his love of hiking through wild lands with his dog.

“This volume is a stylistic potpourri, with some chapters as short as one line and some as long as 6,000 words,” Fayhee says. “This is the book I’ve wanted to write my entire life.” Fayhee’s previous books include “Up at Altitude: A celebration of life in the High Country,” “Bottoms Up” and “Smoke Signals,” the latter of which was a Colorado Book Award finalist.


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