StudioTulsa
4:05 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Author and PRT Host Richard Higgs Offers "Then There Is No Mountain: An American Memoir"

Today on StudioTulsa, we're joined by our friend and colleague Richard Higgs, a local writer who's well-known as one of the co-hosts of Folk Salad, the long-running folk & blues & Red Dirt (& alt-country & Americana & singer-songwriter & what-not) radio show heard Sunday evenings at 7pm here on Public Radio 89.5. Higgs has a new book out, "Then There Is No Mountain: An American Memoir," which he discusses with us today. It's a far-flung, oft-engaging, true-to-life adventure story that's been summarized thus at the Good Reads website: "Higgs's friend, Joe, has been after him for a couple of years to join him in a climb of Mount Rainier, and in 2009, while recovering from cancer surgery, Higgs realizes it's time to say yes. Life is short, and death is long. They drive from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Mount Rainier and back. The climax of the trip is the climb, but the story goes far beyond Rainier. They stay on the road for three weeks, along with Higgs's wife, Louise, and Joe's wife, Laura. Along the way, they pass through the cities of Boulder, Twin Falls, Portland, Seattle, Mendocino, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Flagstaff, and Albuquerque. And all the wild American West in between. Higgs has traveled extensively in the U.S., all his life, so, along the way to and from Rainier, they cross many old paths of his. These crossings become the occasions for stories from his past adventures on the American road...." You can learn more about this book here --- and please note that Higgs will be reading from (and signing copies of) the book tonight, Thursday the 24th, at 7pm at Dwelling Spaces in downtown Tulsa (which is located at 119 South Detroit Avenue).

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