Items by Annie Dawid
"Benediction" is Kent Haruf's latest novel about the beauty and hardship of life in the fictional eastern Colorado town of Holt
Gary Hart's seventh novel takes us to another front in the water wars, the decades-long dispute over damming southern Colorado’s Animas- La Plata rivers to provide more water for the growing town of Durango.
In his memoir, Matthew Gavin Frank takes the reader on a hallucinatory journey through the medical marijuana industry in Mendocino County, Calif.
The narrator of Madison Smartt Bell's disturbing 13th novel is a former member of a murderous, Manson-like cult.
In his memoir, Navajos Wear Nikes: A Reservation Life, Jim Kristofic remembers the challenges and joys of a tough childhood spent on the Navajo Nation.
Kate Niles' wry and compassionate novel The Book of John tracks the travails of an archaeologist named John Gregory Wayne Thompson.
A young writer named Steve Edwards spends seven months living by Oregon's Rogue River in his memoir, Breaking into the Backcountry.
Paul Chaat Smith's latest book, Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong, is a funny and painful collection of essays on the ways that Indians are stereotyped.
In her first novel, Jackalope Dreams, Western writer Mary Clearman Blew gives us a tale of the contemporary West that rings both sad and true.
Three new books about the West’s Indian wars – Ned Blackhawk’s Violence Over the Land, Kingsley Bray’s Crazy Horse: A Lakota Life, and Robert W. Larson’s Gall: Lakota War Chief – seem to romanticize a violent past.
In Rise, Do Not Be Afraid, poet Aaron Abeyta explores the lives of the people who lived and loved in the long-lost town of Santa Rita in Colorado’s remote San Luis Valley
The powerful short stories in Thomas McGuane’s Gallatin Canyon prove him to be the New West’s answer to Flannery O’Connor.
Steven Radosevich writes simple, painful, personal essays about the changing landscape of the Pacific Northwest in his new book, Good Wood: Growth, Loss and Renewal.
In The Highest Tide, Jim Lynch’s debut novel, a 13-year-old boy in the Pacific Northwest begins finding all kinds of strange sea creatures, and wonders if "maybe the earth is trying to tell us something."