Friends of Colorado State University Libraries to Host Historical Thriller Author William Dietrich in Fort Collins May 7

Friends of Colorado State University Libraries will host 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 May 7.

Dietrich’s talk will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at The Readers Cove, 1001 E. Harmony Road, Unit C, Fort Collins. 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.

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.

The author program is hosted by Colorado State University Libraries and sponsored by Friends of Colorado State University Libraries and KUNC. For more information, visit

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For more information about the event, contact Jane Barber at (970) 491-5712 or