Peter Rock - Park City

Peter Rock

Peter Rock

Oct 17, 2018, 11:00 am


Peter Rock

Book Title

My Abandonment


Park City

Northeast Region


Silver Lake Lodge at Deer Valley
7600 Royal St
Park City , UT 84060
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Peter Rock, author of "My Abandonment", will be the featured speaker at the annual Friends of the Park City Library fundraiser. Rock will discuss his work and the experience of having his book adapted to film.  "Leave No Trace," the film adaptation of his book, My Abandonment, was featured in last year's Sundance Festival.

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My Abandonment, was based on a true story that appeared in The Oregonian. The book tells the story of a thirteen-year-old girl and her father who live in Forest Park, an enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. They inhabit an elaborate cave shelter, wash in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water’s edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight.

Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He is the author of the novels SPELLS, Klickitat, The Shelter Cycle, My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves, and This Is the Place, and a story collection, The Unsettling. His stories and freelance writing have both appeared and been anthologized widely, and his books published in various countries and languages. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Alex Award and others, he currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a Professor in the English Department of Reed College. The film adaptation of My Abandonment, directed by Debra Granik, premiered at Sundance and Cannes and was released in June of 2018.

This event was made possible with support from Friends of the Park City Library and Utah Humanities.