Ashland, Or.  January 24, 2005

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Ann Livesay, Eco-Mystery Author, to Speak Thursday Feb 10th


Ann Livesay Sutton, author of the Barry Ross eco-mysteries, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group, on Feb 10th, 7:00 pm at the Ashland Public Library.  Use the Gresham Street door to enter the Library. The Friends of the Ashland Public Library have provided several hard cover, first edition mysteries in fine condition as door prizes.


Ann and her late husband Myron spent a lifetime with the National Park Service and wrote 24 natural history books. After retiring to Medford and at the age of 75, they began writing a series of eco-mysteries set in spectacular locations throughout the world. Livesay’s character is Barry Ross, an urbane and very deft investigator, who is called by his government to resolve complex political problems in international ecology and the environment.  Of course, because these are mysteries, dead bodies always complicate the situation and engage the crime fiction reader.


Livesay’s books feature the exotic locations that she and Myron enjoyed while traveling or consulting with foreign governments to help develop national parks and protected lands.  Their mysteries always have a message – to protect the environment, preserve natural habitats, to guard against thieves and exploiters.  While at times the dialog is a little clumsy, the exotic settings and ecological message of the books are unique and reflect the Suttons’ remarkable international experiences. 


After an extraordinary publishing career with Rand McNally, McGraw Hill, Random House and other houses, the Suttons formed their own small publishing venture, Silver River Press, to publish the Barry Ross eco-mystery series.  The Suttons’ latest book is Crater Lake National Park: A Global Treasure, published in 2002 available through Bloomsbury and Barnes and Noble.


Ann Livesay Sutton’s presentation is part of the Ashland Mystery Readers Group lecture series with events on the second Thursday of each month. The series, which features visiting mystery writers, is sponsored by Bloomsbury Books and the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.


The Ashland Mystery Readers Group also produces the cable access television show, Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir, with host Maryann Mason who interviews visiting mystery writers. The Dale Furutani episode airs during the month of February 2005.  Ashland Mystery, rvtv noir airs Wednesdays at 7:30 pm on Channel 95 on Ashland Fiber Network,  Channel 31 in Jackson County and Channel 15 in Josephine County.  For more mystery in the Rogue Valley, call 541-552-0743 or visit