The Ben LeRoy Show podcast – guest: Peter Brown Hoffmeister

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Rock climber, author, and all-around good dude Peter Brown Hoffmeister joins me on the podcast to discuss the new documentary, Peter and the Columns (featuring Hans Florine).

Peter Brown Hoffmeister is the author of five books including the recent novels This Is The Part Where You Laugh (Knopf, Random House, 2016) and Too Shattered For Mending (Knopf, Random House, 2017), a novel that’s featured in this review by the New York Times.

  • Hoffmeister’s novels have earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews[16], Booklist[17], Publisher’s Weekly[18], School Library Journal, VOYA[19], and The Bulletin.
  • His novel This Is The Part Where You Laugh was a School Library Journal Popular Pick[20], selected for the “VOYA Perfect Tens 2016” year-end list[21], and earned an American Library Association distinction for “Best Fiction” of 2016.[22]
  • His novel Too Shattered For Mending was named “Best Fiction” list of 2017 by Bank Street.

Hoffmeister is an author, rock climber, public speaker, outdoor expert, and athlete gear-tester for Ridgemont Outfitters and Elevation Bouldering Gym.  He lives in Eugene, Oregon with his wife Jennie and two daughters, Rain and Roo, and teaches at South Eugene High School:  Literature, creative writing, outdoor pursuits, and survival. He also served as the spring 2015 Writer-In-Residence of Joshua Tree National Park.

In 2018, Hoffmeister raced world-record-holder and three-time world-champion speed climber Hans Florine in a 3000-foot rock climbing race in Eugene, Oregon titled an “El Cap Day.” Hoffmeister won the race in 2 hours, 5 minutes, and 55 seconds, beating the old Columns El Cap record of 3:07:51. Florine got the second fastest time ever in 2 hours, 27 minutes, and 7 seconds in his first visit to The Columns.

Hoffmeister’s victory was featured in Outside Magazine and Rock and Ice Magazine.

Ben LeRoy was born, grew up, and continues to live on the north side of Madison, Wisconsin in the American Midwest. He is an avid fan of you.

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