Author Sylvia Welner’s, “Welcome to Jimtown,” is an imagined expedition through the lives of the wildlife and people living in a real mountain town in Boulder County.
Straddling the human-animal divide, the story takes the reader into the world of a group of wilderness animals, with Burnee, a Black Bear, assuming the role of lead provocateur. The result is a series of whimsical adventures centered around the animals’ innovative ways of finding food, fun, and security.
Along the way, the main characters take on life’s challenges, whether they be the distressful behavior of their mischievous offspring or the dilemma of a wild turkey who wants to become the family pet.
Welner spends her summers in Jamestown where she first met many of her dog friends and conceived of the wildlife characters who soon demanded equal footing with her domestic canine pals.
The rest of the year Welner lives in California with her husband and “takes orders and a constant licking from her yellow English Lab, Reme, who came to live with her last year at the age of 12.”
“Welcome to Jimtown” was already in the draft stage and undergoing edits when last year’s flood occurred. When it was published, Welner announced 100 percent of the profits from the sale of the book will be donated to the restoration of Jamestown.
“Welcome to Jimtown” may be purchased from the publisher at http://www.librarytalespublishing.com or at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com. Welner’s other book, “Small Doses of Arsenic: A Bohemian Woman’s Story of Survival” is also available at online retailers.
Visit http://www.sylviawelnerbooks.com for additional information.
Published in the October 2014 issue of the MMAC Monthly