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Tuesday, February 27, 2024 - 6:00pm

Celebrate the release of New York Bestselling Author Eric Blehm's latest book about a legendary founder of snowboarding, Craig Kelly, and the state of snowboarding today through a panel discussion between Blehm and a local Beaver Creek snowboarding legend, Wookie. Blehm’s book chronicles Kelly's life, an inspiring odyssey of a latchkey kid whose athletic prowess revolutionized winter sports, took him around the globe, and pushed him into extreme environments that ultimately took his life. Light refreshments will be provided.

On January 20, 2003, a thunderous crack rang out and a 100-foot-wide tide of snow barreled down the Northern Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia, Canada. More than a dozen skiers and snowboarders were thrust down the mountain, buried beneath several tons of rock-hard snow and ice in the Durrand Glacier Avalanche. A heroic search and rescue ensued. Among those buried was Craig Kelly—“the Michael Jordan of snowboarding”—a man who had propelled the sport into the mainstream before walking away from competitions, to rekindle his passion in the untamed alpine wilds of North America. "The Darkest White" is the story of Craig Kelly’s life, a heartbreaking but extraordinary and inspiring odyssey of a latchkey kid whose athletic prowess and innovations would revolutionize winter sports, take him around the globe, and push him into ever more extreme environments that would ultimately take his life. It is also a definitive, immersive account of snowboarding and the cultural movement that exploded around it, growing the sport from minor Gen X cult hobby to Olympic centerpiece and a billion-dollar business full of feuds and rivalries. Finally, "The Darkest White" is a mesmerizing, cautionary portrait of the mountains, of the allure and the glory they offer, and of the avalanches they unleash with unforgiving fury.

ERIC BLEHM is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestsellers Fearless and The Only Thing Worth Dying For. His first book, The Last Season, was the winner of the National Outdoor Book Award and was named by Outside magazine as one of the "greatest adventure biographies ever written." He has dedicated his life to telling the stories of those who serve.

Brian "WOOKIE" Fleming was raised in Chula Vista, California, where he grew up surfing and street skating in San Diego until he moved to Flagstaff, Arizona in 1991. There, he met the now legendary AZP snowboarding crew and was soon offered professional contracts with snowboard companies Winterstick and Apocalypse. In 1995 he moved to Avon, Colorado and found himself featured in a variety of national magazines including Strength, Plow, and Snöboard. In 2000, while recovering from a severe, career-ending femur injury, Wookie and a friend invented Log Masters – an underground snowboarding event that challenged competitors to slide 18 logs in the woods of Beaver Creek. Log Masters soon became known across the country. Sixteen years after his femur injury, Wookie became a sponsored rider again when he was asked  to be a brand ambassador for Weston Snowboards and Hovland Snowskates. That same year he was invited to speak to two graduate level Sport & Performance Psychology classes at the  University of Denver. Following those professional accomplishments came Wookie’s proudest personal milestone – he became a father in 2019 when his wife Laura gave birth to their son Fleet Halen Fleming who is now almost five years old. When Wookie isn’t working, he can be found spending time outside with Laura, Fleet, and their pups Sedona and Zephyr.




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The Darkest White: A Mountain Legend and the Avalanche That Took Him By Eric Blehm Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062971401
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper - February 27th, 2024

Wookie Is Not His Real Name By Laura Lieff Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578842882
Availability: Not Currently On The Shelf, But We Can Ship It To You In 3-5 Days
Published: Lieff Ink - February 25th, 2021