Wyoming Arts Council

Laura Bell speaks about "Claiming Ground" Dec. 9 at Teton County Library in Jackson

On Thursday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., author Laura Bell will talk about “Claiming Ground” at the Teton County Public Library in Jackson.

With stints as a rancher, forest ranger, outfitter, masseuse, wife and mother, author Laura Bell vividly recounts her struggle to find solid earth in which to put down roots in her memoir, “Claiming Ground.” At loose ends after graduating from college, Bell leaves her family home in Kentucky for a wild and unexpected adventure: herding sheep in Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. Inexorably drawn to this life of solitude and physical toil, a young woman in a man’s world, she is perhaps the strangest member of this beguiling community of drunks and eccentrics. Only through time and distance does she acquire the wisdom that allows her to see the love she lived through and sometimes left behind.

Location: Ordway Auditorium. Free. Adult Humanities Coordinator, Oona Doherty, 733-2164 ext. 135 or odoherty@tclib.org.

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