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A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends: Essays on Loss

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Come to the Belgrade Community Library to celebrate and pick the brains of local author Tyler Dunning and local author/publisher Daniel J. Rice! Dunning will perform a reading from his new book, A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends: Essays on Loss, and both will discuss their experiences writing and publishing. Rice is the Editor-in-Chief of Riverfeet Press, a publishing company based out of Livingston that specializes in nature-based fiction and nonfiction, which is committed to helping independent authors create professional quality books and bring their words to print.

When Tyler Dunning’s best friend is killed in a terrorist attack, the experience forces him to confront grief, depression, and his own destructive tendencies. To cope, he turns to travel, wandering the United States and crossing paths with a suicidal shaman, a Cambodian alien hunter, and off-the-grid meth addicts. He weathers an Atlantic hurricane, endures the Black Rock Desert, and attempts summiting Longs Peak, the highest point in northern Colorado, convinced that by overcoming the mountain he can overcome loss. But just when you think Tyler has come to terms with the passing of more friends—to rare disease, accidental drowning, and self-destruction—you won’t believe the final lesson death has in store for him. This is a book of goodbyes, of migration, of achieving restoration—a five-year journey founded upon coming-of-age heartache, the loss of innocence, and finding hope in our natural world.

Tyler Dunning grew up in southwestern Montana, developing a feral curiosity and reflective personality at a young age. This mindset has led him around the world, to nearly all of the U.S. national parks, and to the darker recesses of his own creativity. He’s dabbled in such occupations as professional wrestling, archaeology, social justice advocacy, and academia. At his core he is a writer.