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Local author celebrates belated book launches at Readers’ Books

Local author celebrates belated book launches at Readers’ Books
Author Tracy Salcedo at the toe of the Portage Glacier in Alaska, taken when she was researching stories forSearch and Rescue Alaska in 2019.Source: Tracy Salcedo

After a pandemic postponement, Glen Ellen author Tracy Salcedo will celebrate the release of her 2020 titles, Search and Rescue Alaska and Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park (third edition), which won the prestigious National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Adventure Guidebook, in two events hosted by Readers’ Books in Sonoma.

The first event will take place on Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in the Reading Garden, and kicks off Readers’ Books’ spring hiking series. The program will feature readings from both books as well as conversation about Salcedo’s evolution as a guidebook writer and as the author of essays about the natural and human histories of national parks and other wildlands.

The celebration continues on Sunday, April 10, when Salcedo joins author Susan Alcorn to lead a guided hike on the Overlook Trail near downtown Sonoma. That event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Readers’ Books with a presentation by Alcorn, author of Walk, Hike, Saunter: Seasoned Women Share Tales and Trails. The hike will follow.

Hiking Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of more than 20 guidebooks Salcedo has written about destinations in California and Colorado for FalconGuides, a premier publisher of adventure guidebooks. Search and Rescue Alaska is her most recent book of essays from Lyons Press and includes remarkable stories of perseverance and resilience. Salcedo is also editor at large with the Kenwood Press.

“I’m delighted to finally be able to celebrate these two books,” Salcedo said. “The Lassen guide has always been a favorite, simply because the park is so remarkable. I love the place. And the stories in Search and Rescue Alaska are extraordinary and larger than life, just like the state. I’m excited to finally be able to celebrate these places and people in my place with my people, here in Sonoma Valley.”

Salcedo has not been idle since 2020. The third edition of Best Easy Day Hikes Boulder was released in 2021; the third edition of Best Easy Day Hikes Denver is set for release in late spring 2022; and she is currently working on a second edition of Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California.

For more information on the two events contact Readers’ Books at (707) 939-1779 or visit The store location is 130 E. Napa St. in Sonoma. Salcedo’s website is