“Bluntly beautiful and unnerving” — that’s the phrase The New York Times‘ Sunday Book Review used to describe Five Skies, the latest novel by Ron Carlson, director of UC Irvine’s highly acclaimed Master of Fine Arts writing program in fiction. Carlson’s novel brings together a heartbroken rancher, a drifter and a misfit teen for a summer project in the Rocky Mountains: constructing a ramp to catapult a daredevil motorcyclist across a gorge. On Oct. 3, UCI Libraries will present a talk by Carlson on his new book, Ron Carlson Writes a Story. The author also will share insights into the process of creating a story.