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Historical thriller novelist William Dietrich May 7

April 23, 2009

At this CSU Library Author Program, historical thriller novelist Author William Dietrich will talk about his character Ethan Gage, a swashbuckling explorer who meets up with the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon.

Library author program
Thursday, May 7, 6-8 p.m.
Readers Cove
1001 E. Harmony Road 

The final author program of the semester features an evening with author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Dietrich.

Step back in time for an adventure as he discusses and reads from his latest novel, The Dakota Cipher, on Thursday, May 7, from 6 - 8 p.m. at The Readers Cove, 1001 E. Harmony Road, Unit C, Fort Collins.  

The writer's life

Dietrich will talk about the writer's life, his interest in the 1800 era and choice of storytelling techniques to convey it, his writing process, his character Ethan Gage and the historical characters with whom he interacts. 

Event free/no registration required 

The event is free and open to the public. No registration or tickets are required. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the talk.

The Dakota Cipher is third in the series of historical thrillers featuring swashbuckling explorer Ethan Gage. While the first two books in the series - Napoleon's Pyramids and The Rosetta Key - took place in Europe and the Middle East, The Dakota Cipher follows the fictional American scoundrel Ethan Gage deep into colonial America's wilderness in search of a mystical artifact said to control the weather and lightning.

Along the way, he meets Thomas Jefferson, the young Lewis and Clark, Napoleon and countless other adventurers moving westward at the dawn of America.  

Glowing reviews for The Dakota Cipher

Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Venetian Betrayal, said this about The Dakota Cipher:

William Dietrich is a born stylist, moving characters around on an historical chessboard with the assured hand of a master novelist firing on all cylinders. Ethan Gage is a wiry, battle-scarred hero, with great decency, who rings absolutely true. And 'The Dakota Cipher' is a supple, elegant thriller that carries the reader triumphantly from one exciting climax to the next.

Contemporary review 

Dietrich received Pulitzer Prize for journalism

Dietrich's nonfiction has been widely used in university classes and his fiction has been sold into 28 languages. In 1987-1988 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and in 1990 was part of a four-person team that won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting on the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

He won reporting and study fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Woods Hole Microbiological Institute and Scripps.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be another great event. The author program is hosted by Colorado State University Libraries and sponsored by Friends of Colorado State University Libraries, Hilton Fort Collins, and KUNC.

Contact: Andrea Lapsley
Phone: (970) 491-6823