Portland author Molly Gloss shares her new novel, “Falling From Horses,” at Village Books

In “Falling From Horses,” a new novel by Portland, Ore., author Molly Gloss, whose best-sellers include “The Hearts of Horses” and “The Jump-Off Creek,” a young ranch hand escapes a family tragedy and travels to Hollywood to become a stunt rider. Gloss shares her book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

In 1938, a 19-year-old ranch hand sets his sights on becoming a stunt rider in the movies — and rubbing shoulders with the great screen cowboys of his youth. On the long bus ride south, Bud meets a young woman who also harbors dreams of making it in the movies, not as a starlet but as a writer, a “real” writer.

The two strike up an unlikely kinship that will carry them through their tumultuous days in Hollywood, and, as it happens, the rest of their lives. “Falling from Horses” charts what was to be a glittering year in the movie business through the dreams of two people trying to make their mark on the world, or at least make their way in it.

Details: 360-671-2626, villagebooks.com.