Denver, Colorado – April 26, 2022 – Sheridan-raised author Darla Worden will return to town May 6, 2022, to read from and sign her book Cockeyed Happy: Ernest Hemingway’s Wyoming Summers with Pauline (Chicago Review Press) at Sheridan Stationery Books & Gifts, 535 N Main Street. The Friday evening “Cockeyed Happy Hour,” 5-6 p.m., promises to be a lot of fun, says Worden. “Sheridan Stationery has come up with an out-of-the-ordinary book event that Hemingway would approve of, with complimentary beverages and special giveaways in keeping with our happy hour theme.”
Cockeyed Happy, which opens with Hemingway’s climb up Red Grade Road in a yellow Model A, holds special appeal for the Sheridan audience, which will recognize such local landmarks as the Sheridan Inn and Spear-O-Wigwam Ranch, where he worked on his novel A Farewell to Arms, says Sheridan Stationery owner Jessica Bohnsack. “We are thrilled to be hosting Darla at the bookstore and look forward to promoting her book, with its local ties and history of our region for such an incredible story. The Cockeyed Happy Hour is sure to be a fun book-signing event!” she says.
Worden’s own Wyoming history – as well as time she spent following in Ernest and Pauline Hemingway’s footsteps from Sheridan and Big Horn to Cody, Jackson Hole and beyond while she was writing the book – informs her descriptions of the Western landscape and settings in Cockeyed Happy. The book brings to life the marriage of Ernest Hemingway to second wife Pauline Pfeiffer over six summers the couple spent in Wyoming between 1928 and 1939, including their sometimes-hair-raising Wild West escapades during Hemingway’s most successful writing years.
Sheridan Stationery Books & Gifts’ May 6 “Cockeyed Happy Hour” will celebrate Hemingway’s time spent in Wyoming and Worden’s new book revealing that little-known history. The event is free and open to the public. Sheridan Stationery, Sheridan County’s oldest bookstore, began as an office supply and stationery store in the 1930s. Jessica Bohnsack and her husband, Nick, purchased the bookstore a year ago from previous owners Robby and John Smith. The Bohnsacks moved the store to its current location at 535 N Main Street after extensive renovations to the building, which offers parking and room for the business to grow as a destination shopping experience for the community. For more information visit sheridanstationerybooks.com.