Wheat Ridge Author Chosen for Annual Reading Event

Local author Nick Arvin and his novel of secrets and survival, The Reconstructionist, have been selected for this year’s Wheat Ridge Reads. Now in its fifth year, the program encourages the public to read books by Colorado authors and engage with the community and the author in a discussion about the work.

The book tells the story of the collision between a budding forensic investigator, his tormented mentor and the haunted woman who emerges from the wreckage of his past.

Arvin has lived in Colorado since 2001 and in Wheat Ridge since 2014. In addition to The Reconstructionist, Arvin is the author of In the Electric Eden and Articles of War. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Salon, and Rocky Mountain News, and he has been honored with numerous awards, including the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Boyd Award from the American Library Association, the Colorado Book Award, and fellowships from the Michener-Copernicus Society, the Isherwood Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches writing at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and is also a mechanical engineer who works on the design of power, oil, gas, and biogas facilities.

The Reconstructionist is available from Jefferson County Public Library and for purchase at BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St.

The author will appear at two public events in September: Books and Brews, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Iron Rail Tavern, 4111 Kipling St. and the Thursday Morning Book Club, Thursday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m., Wheat Ridge Library, 5475 W. 32nd Ave. Arvin will also present to students and staff of Wheat Ridge High School on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 15.

The program is sponsored by the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission and Jefferson County Public Library.

For more information, contact Gay Porter DeNileon, gpdenileon@gmail.com.