Tag Archives: Reading

Join Me for a Book Reading This Friday



I will be reading from my book, The Next 15 Minutes this Friday June 29th, 2012 in Redmond, Washington at the RASP (Redmond Association of Spoken Word) monthly event. It starts at 7pm at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center (16600 NE 80th Street).

If you’re in the area, please come and have a listen. I will also be signing and selling books and trying to find a passage that I can real aloud without *crying.


*Little known fact about me: I have yet to make it through a reading without cracking, which is why I rarely read and more often do a slideshow, which I have perfected to a science. Don’t ask me why I agreed to do this. I was probably drunk.

P.S. Don’t let this last sentence scare you away. Watching me cry can actually be a fun way to spend a Friday night. Trust me on this one.

Book Launch Day


Today is the day.

The Next 15 Minutes is now IN STOCK and available for purchase. I think I’ll go over to my local bookseller (or two or three) and just gaze at it on the shelf.

In case you’re still on the fence, and aren’t sure if you want to buy the book, have I mentioned that Ingrid Backstrom wrote the foreward? Or that the book opens with a scene of me throwing explosives out of a helicopter.

Just saying.

Here’s what others have said about it:

“When I read memoirs or listen to a speaker, I want to learn and I want to be inspired.  Kim and John’s story does both.  Everyone has a story to tell and Kim tells their’s well.  Kim and John’s lives will inspire all readers and allow us to pull lessons learned from their lives and struggles.  We as reader gains strength and hope through the sharing of their story.” Phil Ershler, AMGA Certifitied Alpine Guide and author of Together on Top of the World

“Kim’s positivity and grace under pressure is incredibly inspirational.  Her story is a joy to read, and it reminds all of us to get outside with the ones you love.” Ingrid Backstrom, Professional Skier

“As a transplant surgeon, I witness the immense physical and psychological challenges facing patients with a life-threatening illness. Ms. Kircher weaves her experience as a ski patroller high in the Cascade Mountains with the current battle against her husband’s liver disease with intense emotion and heart-wrenching detail. As she draws on her prior high-adrenaline experiences to face the current challenge of her husband’s illness and pending transplant, it leaves the reader feeling breathless, as if they are standing on the edge of the mountain with both husband and wife…This book is a fascinating memoir for any reader, and especially one who may be in the midst of or recovered from their own major adversity.” Julie Heimbach, Transplant Surgeon, Mayo Clinic

The Next Fifteen Minutes is a profoundly courageous and honest exploration of Kim and John Kircher’s journey together during John’s nearly fatal battle with liver cancer.  Their lives together in the mountains they love so much are the backdrop, and the lessons Kim has learned as a professional ski patroller give her the strength to make it through a harrowing year.” Dan Nordstrom, President and Owner of Outdoor Research

“In the year leading up to her husband’s liver transplant, Kim Kircher triumphs over the long wait and harrowing diagnosis by drawing lessons from her life in the mountains. As a ski patroller, she witnesses tragedy and triumph, dark storms and sparkling beauty, and learns how to fight for her husband’s life, offering him the support and partnership necessary to weather the storm.” Chris Klug, professional snowboarder, Olympic medalist, liver transplant recipient, author of To the Edge and Back: My Story from Organ Transplant Survivor to Olympic Snowboarder

So get out there and buy the book already.

Book Review: Adventure in Everything


Life is meant to be an adventure, and author and climbing guide Matt Walker knows how to find it everywhere.

In his new book he offers a formula for taking the kind of adventure usually found in the mountains and bringing it to our everyday lives.

Matt breaks it down into five elements, showing us how to truly find adventure in everything we do. I recently caught up with Matt and asked him a few questions about his book, Adventure in Everything: How the Five Elements of Adventure Create a Life of Authenticity, Purpose, and Inspiration.

Matt:  Adventure in Everything is both a framework and a lifestyle choice. It is a framework that supports living with intention and purpose in the moment, daily, and in a larger sense of making sure that our actions, how we spend our time, and who we spend it with, align deeply and significantly with our values. Read the rest of this entry

Win an Advanced Reader Copy of The Next Fifteen Minutes


Thanks so much to everyone for your fabulous ideas for the ARC giveaway. With the help of many of you, I’ve created a contest. So if you’re interested in trying for the ARC, here it is:

Sometimes life gets pretty tense. It might be scary or sketchy or dangerous or just plain weird. These are the times when he must forestall the panic, and get through the difficult situation without freaking out. That’s how I got through John’s illness and the year of waiting for a transplant. I broke the days down into smaller increments, just fifteen minute segments, knowing I could get through those if I just calmed down and breathed.

So here’s the contest: remember a time you had to use a similar strategy. Tell us about how you got through. Only comments made over on my FB fan page will be considered. Bonus if you post a photo to go along with your story. If could be about the time you ran out of gear on a 5.10 climb, or when you got maytaged in a hole while kayaking the White Salmon River, or found yourself lost and alone in the wilderness. It might be when the doctor told you it was cancer, or the vet had to put your dog down, or you woke up for the fourteenth day with a dread so thick you didn’t know how you’d ever crawl out. Tell us about a time when you didn’t think you’d make it through, but you did. Tell us how you did it. Already my ARC has seen quite a bit of the world in her few weeks on this earth. If you come up with the best story, told through prose, photos, haiku, cartoon, video, whatever, I will sign her and send her to you. But you have to promise to bring her along on your adventures. She’d like that.

So go on over to The Next Fifteen Minutes: Strength from the top of the Mountain Facebook Fanpage (say that one ten times fast!) and tell us your story. Don’t forget to hit the like button while you’re there. You get extra awesome karma for doing that.