Shaun Griffin, River Ask Me Why


Writer Shaun Griffin will read from his new memoir, River Ask Me Why: Into the West on Two Wheels.

River Ask Me Why is a meditation on fathers and sons, water and land in the American West.  It spans the course of a month when Griffin and his adult sons rode their bikes from Portland to Jackson Hole.  His sons were just getting away from two very busy jobs as the memoir begins.  Two friends joined them in Bend and days later, a threat of malevolence raised its head in John Day.  They rode on until Griffin finally realized:  this was new West and it was his sons who were leading him into this land.  This book is a testament to the gift of slow travel through some of the most beautiful country in the West.

Shaun T. Griffin has dedicated his life to creating a caring community. He and his wife, Deborah, founded the Community Chest in 1991, a nonprofit organization that directs more than thirty programs for northern Nevada, including hunger relief, service learning, counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, early childhood education, and art and social justice projects. Griffin taught a poetry workshop at Northern Nevada Correctional Center for thirty years and published a journal of the men's work, Razor Wire. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and prose, including Because the Light Will Not Forgive Me: Essays from a Poet and Anthem for a Burnished Land River Ask Me Why—Into the West on Two Wheels, a memoir, will be out soon, as will No Charity in the Wilderness, poems.  In 2014, Griffin was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509