Book Launch and Signing
Come meet author Don Paul Benjamin and pick up a copy of his new novel "A Lavendar Wedding". Several local authors will be joining Mr. Benjamin selling and signing their own works.
Friday, April 30th
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Open House at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center
Donald Paul Benjamin is an American cartoonist, photographer, and mystery novelist. He was born in Greeley, a mid-sized settlement on Colorado’s eastern plains. He grew up writing stories about local characters and sketching animals on his family’s small acreage. As a teen he worked on his high school newspaper. Upon graduation in 1963, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a military journalist, including a stint in Korea from 1965-66. Honorably discharged, he returned to Greeley to earn his teaching degree from the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). He taught first grade then returned to campus to serve as UNC’s first campus ombudsman. In 1982, he earned a master’s degree in college student services administration at Oregon State University. From 1982-2014, he lived in Arizona and worked in higher education, most recently as e-advisor for Phoenix College. In 2014, he retired to the wild Western Slope of Colorado where he lives in the small town of Cedaredge. He works as a contributing writer for the ‘Delta County Independent Newspaper’ and fishes and hikes in the surrounding wilderness. He recently married Donna Marie, his publishing collaborator, who’s a graphic designer and production artist. According to the Ancestry.com saliva test, he is a combination of Welsh and Dutch with a little German and Martian on the side.