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Release Date: 10/11/12
Contacts: Michael Williams, (970) 882-5600    

Anasazi Heritage Center Hosts Author Erica Olsen at a Reading and Book Signing (10-11-12)

DOLORES, Colo. - Erica Olsen will read and sign copies of her debut book of short stories called Recapture at the Anasazi Heritage Center on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 at 1 p.m. 

Recapture includes fictional tales about archaeology and the West. 

According to Olsen, one of the recurrent themes in Recapture is the relationship between her writing and her professional work in museums. She wrote some of the stories while working to curate collections at the Anasazi Heritage Center.

“My mission was to preserve artifacts, but also to keep them accessible to researchers and to the public. Artifact collections allow people to tell stories about the past,” said Olsen. “Storytelling is, for me, a bridge between worlds.”

Olsen has lived in the Four Corners for years. She is Hollywood-born and  Korean and Scandinavian heritage,  graduate of Stanford, Harvard and the University of Montana with a Masters of Fine Art. Her work recently received the 2011 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose (for “Grand Canyon II,” included in Recapture). Olsen's essays and stories have also appeared in High Country News and other magazines.

This event is part of the annual Four Corners Lecture Series, sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fort Lewis College, Cortez Cultural Center, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Mesa Verde Museum Association and the Hisatsinom Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society. Additional support is provided by ARAMARK/Mesa Verde Company and KSJD Dryland Community Radio. The 2012 theme is "Crossroads of Arts and Cultures."  Lectures are free and open to the public.

The Bureau of Land Management Anasazi Heritage Center is the headquarters for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. It includes a museum gallery, a theater and a hiking trail.  The facility is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 31. Museum admission is free all day on lecture days. For more information, contact the museum at (970) 882-5600 or go to:

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Last updated: 10-11-2012