Author David J Rothman to Kick Off Ski-Lit Author Series at Jagged Edge

Ski Lit Series

05 Jan Author David J Rothman to Kick Off Ski-Lit Author Series at Jagged Edge

Not only will David J Rothman the author of “Living the Life” be the featured poet for Talking Gourds Poetry Club on Tuesday, January 7, at 6pm, at Arroyo Wine Bar, but he will also be the inaugural writer to present at the Ski•Lit Author Series on Wednesday, January 8, at 7pm, at Jagged Edge Mountain Gear. A collaboration by Between the Covers Bookstore and Jagged Edge Mountain Gear, the series aims to bring writers expounding on snow and snowsports to the valley. All are encouraged to bring campchairs and lots of friends!


“Thinking about my own romance with the alpine world over the years has led me to discover one of the places where cause and effect come together. I may not be able to see this place of fusion clearly, or all at once, but it does exist and I can certainly sense it. This book is my attempt to

LivingTheLifegive that place its name. I wrote it because I wanted to help give American skiing a written language as soulful as that of fishing, surfing, mountaineering, sailing and other environment sports, a quality it seemed to lack when I was growing up.

Skiing does not create a bounded playing field, but rather accepts and transforms the places where we pursue it. These essays are windows into how I’ve lived significant parts of my own life in those places and in that way, and I offer it up in the hopes that it will resonate with yours. For if skiing is not a sport, but a way of life, it touches far more than mountains and snow—it comes into contact with friendship, love, grief, joy, sorrow, history, politics, ambition, faith, tragedy, comedy, failure, triumph, audacity, remorse, delight, and regret, which is to say: everything that matters. It is those deep emotional realities that are at the heart of life. And you have no choice but to live that life. So live it.” (From the introduction).


“Through a series of poignant and powerful personal essays, David Rothman exposes a soul skier’s raison d’etre. Anyone who rides, glides, or slides on snow will appreciate the mountain tales told in Living the Life.”  —Lance Waring (Lance will introduce David).


Porter Fox, author of “Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow” will present his well-researched and somewhat scary theory about where skiing and the industry is heading. Could it all be over in 75 years? If so, what’s Telluride’s 75-year plan? At Jagged Edge at 7pm on Wednesday, January 28.

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