GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Peter Heller's "The Dog Stars," a New York Times bestseller, is Mesa County's One Book selection for 2013. Thursday, the One Book committee announced a month-long series of programs and events surrounding the novel - culminating in Heller's visit to Grand Junction March 9. The story, which takes place in Colorado, much of it near Grand Junction, is a survival story about a man, who survives a pandemic that has killed much of the population. Despite the post-apocalyptic theme, the book is surprisingly hopeful, and explores the importance of relationships and working together.A wide range of February events are designed to explore the themes and challenges raised in "The Dog Stars" include movie showings; a presentation about the night sky; discussions of piloting a plane; the solace of nature; the joy of dog companionship; and much more. A series of book discussion groups are scheduled throughout February at each of the library branches. "The Dog Stars treats a topic that is somewhat out of our comfort zone - the demise of most of the human race," One Book steering committee co-chair Janine Rider said in a news release. "Yet Peter Heller treats the plight of those few remaining with respect, humor and hope. Heller is a true storyteller, and his masterful description of our beautiful Colorado landscapes is a bonus."The book has received numerous accolades: Both "Atlantic Monthly" magazine and "Publishers Weekly" listed it as a best book of 2012. Apple iTunes named it novel of the year. National Public Radio, Hudson Booksellers, Amazon and others have also labeled "The Dog Stars" as a best book of 2012. The book has been slated to become a movie.Heller, 52, is a Denver-based award-winning magazine journalist who writes for "Bloomberg Businessweek." He's also written for "Outside" magazine, "National Geographic Adventure" and "Men's Journal," and is author of four nonfiction books."The Dog Stars" is available from Mesa County Libraries in a variety of formats: Hardback book, CD audiobook, downloadable audiobook, and downloadable eBook. To reserve a copy, contact the library at 243-4442.