The Friends of the Lopez Library, and the Lopez Island Library welcome author Pam Houston. This exceptional program is for fans of Pam Houston, lovers of a good read and those that enjoy travel. Ms. Houston is the author of two collections of linked short stories, “Cowboys Are My Weakness” (W. W. Norton), which was the winner of the 1993 Western States Book Award and has been translated into nine languages, and “Waltzing the Cat” (W. W. Norton) which won the Willa Award for Contemporary Fiction. A novel, “Contents May Have Shifted” was released in 2012. Her stories have been selected for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and the Evil Companions Literary Award. Her story “The Best Girlfriend You Never Had” was John Updike’s only addition to Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is a regular contributor to O, the Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, Bark, More, Women’s Adventure Magazine, Outside Magazine and many other periodicals. She has appeared routinely on CBS Sunday morning presenting literary essays on the wilderness. Her essays and stories have been widely anthologized. A collection of autobiographical essays, “A Little More About Me” (W.W. Norton), was published in 1999, and a novel, “Sight Hound” (W.W. Norton) in 2005. Houston has edited a collection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for Ecco Press called “Women on Hunting”, and written the text for a book of photographs called “Men Before Ten A.M”. (Beyond Words, 1996). Pam Houston is Professor of English at UC Davis, directs the literary nonprofit Writing by Writers, teaches in the Pacific University low residency MFA program and at writers’ conferences around the world. She lives on a ranch at 9000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.