Peter Heller •

Sat, Aug 24, 2024 – 7:00 pm est

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Walk-up to the Opera House

You can purchase tickets at the box office of the City Opera House (hours may vary by season; check website for details)

106 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684

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You will be taken to the City Opera House website for in-person tickets ONLY.
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Event and Book


Don’t miss Peter Heller and his conversation with guest host Doug Stanton about his new novel, Burn. Heller’s tale takes you to the edge of doom with both a blistering warning of a divided country’s political strife and an ode to the salvation of our chosen families.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and includes a Q&A and author signing. Each ticket comes with a signed hardcover copy of Burn (or opt for a two-ticket package with ONE book).

Heller, a favorite with NWS audiences, writes of two men—friends since boyhood—who emerge from the woods of rural Maine to a dystopian country wracked by bewildering violence.

Each year, Jess and Storey have made an annual pilgrimage to northern Maine, where they camp, hunt, and hike, leaving much from their long friendship unspoken. Maine is convulsed with secession mania that’s spread across other states, but Jess and Storey figure it’s a fight reserved for legislators or folks in the capitol. But after two weeks of hunting moose off the grid, the men reach a small town and are shocked to find a bridge blown apart, buildings burned to the ground, and bombed-out cars abandoned on the road.

Trying to make sense of the sudden destruction all around them, the men set their sights on finding their way home, dragging a wagon across bumpy dirt roads, ransacking boats left in the lakes, and dodging men who are armed—secessionists or military, they cannot tell. And then, a startling discovery, a child in the cabin of a boat, drastically alters their path and the stakes of their escape. Drenched with the beauty of the natural world, and attuned to the specific cadences of male friendship, even here at the edge of doom.

NWS has virtual and in-person ticket options for all of its events. You can see Peter Heller in-person at the City Opera House, 106 E. Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan, or buy livestream tickets and watch from anywhere in the world.For in-person ticket holders, the City Opera House doors open at 6 p.m. with live music and a cash bar. The event begins at 7 p.m. and includes a Q&A. Peter Heller will personalize books after the event. For virtual ticket holders, the livestream opens at 6:50 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m.

This is a modified book bundled event, meaning each ticket comes with a signed hardcover copy of Burn (or opt for a two-ticket package with ONE book). The book publishes on Aug. 13, 2024 and reflects a 20 percent discount from its $28 retail price. All tickets are subject to ticket fees and shipping costs if you choose to have your booked shipped to you from Horizon Books.

TIER ONE ticket is $27 plus book:
One Ticket plus ONE book: $51
Two Tickets plus ONE book: $78

TIER TWO ticket is $17 plus book:
One Ticket plus ONE book: $41
Two Tickets plus ONE book: $58

VIRTUAL TICKETS (ticket fees not included):
Virtual Ticket plus book: $39
(Virtual ticket $15)

STUDENT TICKETS: (Books are not included)
Student Tickets: $10

Peter Heller

Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR, and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is an award winning adventure writer and the author of four books of literary nonfiction. He wrote The Last Ranger, The Guide, The River, Celine, The Painter, and The Dog Stars, which was published in 22 languages. Heller is also the author of four nonfiction books, including Catching the Perfect Wave, which was awarded the National Outdoor Book Award. He holds an MFA in poetry and fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Guest Host | Doug Stanton


Guest Host Doug Stanton is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of In Harm’s Way and 12 Strong, made into a major motion picture by Jerry Bruckheimer, and The Odyssey of Echo Company. His writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe New York Times Book ReviewTimeThe Washington PostMen’s JournalThe Daily BeastNewsweek, Esquire, and Outside. He was awarded the 2021 Steven Ambrose Oral History award. He attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Hampshire College, and received an MFA from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. He created the National Writers Series in 2009 with his wife, Anne, and attorney Grant Parsons. He and Anne have three children and live in Traverse City.

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