Local author Sheeley celebrates 30 years of publishing in Aspen
ASPEN – When Jill Sheeley began snapping photos of Christmas trees for a coffee table book, little did she know the path it would send her down.
“A holiday book, a cookbook, a coloring book, children’s books, a novel, a memoir …,” said Sheeley, who will celebrate 30 years of publishing books in Aspen Friday with a “Tastes of Aspen” community celebration at the Limelight Lodge, 5-7 p.m. “It’s been a wonderful journey.”
From “Christmas in Aspen” (which did not turn out to be a coffee table book) to her most recent release, “The Blue Bottle,” one thing has remained constant for Sheeley: the Aspen community, and the support and inspiration it has given her.
“I’ve met so many wonderful people, and I have been so lucky to share pieces of their lives through the stories in ‘Christmas in Aspen’ and the recipes in ‘Tastes of Aspen,'” said Sheeley. “And Fraser, well, he’s really a part of Aspen history now.”
Indeed, Fraser the Yellow Dog is perhaps the best-known yellow Lab in Aspen. His tales of adventure inspire kids of all ages, which for Sheeley is what being a writer is all about.
“Seeing the joy on kids’ faces when I read to them, or to see them realize the power of words when I am teaching, that’s what matters,” she said.
So it seems only fitting that Sheeley is celebrating her three decades of publishing with a community event. With more than a dozen restaurants – Main Street Bakery, Gwen’s High Alpine, Bonnie’s, Brother’s Grill, Bumps, Merry Go Round, Willow Creek, Takah Sushi, Sweet Life, Plato’s, Poppycock’s, Clark’s Market, Paradise Bakery and Peaches, among others – offering appetizer and dessert samplings, it promises to be a true locals’ gathering.
“This is my way of saying thank you to the community … to Aspen. I couldn’t have done all that I have, or had the success I’ve had without you all,” she said.
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