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September 16, 2013

With some of the West's most insightful authors as our guides, each fall we briefly set aside the news to create a special books/essays issue and take a more reflective look at our region. This year's books/essays issue explores ways of looking at a landscape and locating ourselves within it.

Feature

Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Heart-Shaped River: Craig Childs finds his center in Canyonlands
Not all maps are made of paper. The best ones are spooled in memory.

Editor's Note

Mapping our place in the West
Mapping our place in the West
This special books & essays issue considers the ways in which we use maps, literal and metaphoric, to understand a landscape.

Current

The reading season
The reading season
Fall brings a new crop of noteworthy books, both fiction and nonfiction.
What do you know?
Author Percival Everett defies categories and generalizations.
A California essayist on American optimism and how landscape shapes our imaginations

Uncommon Westerners

Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason's four-year road trip
Colorado Poet Laureate David Mason's four-year road trip
Bringing poetry to an entire state, one county at a time.
Ruth Kirk, pioneering guidebook author
Ruth Kirk, pioneering guidebook author
A natural and human histories expert of the West reflects on her work.
The renegade cartographer
The renegade cartographer
Dave Imus challenges the murkiness of modern mapmaking.

Essays

Marginalia: an essay
Marginalia: an essay
On a trek across the Arctic, a writer's map becomes a record of the journey.
Reconciling family narrative with textbook history in Montana's Bighorn Valley
Reconciling family narrative with textbook history in Montana's Bighorn Valley
Writer Joe Wilkins searches for truth in his grandmother's stories of the past.

Book Reviews

Desert solitude, desert community
Desert solitude, desert community
A book review of Brother and the Dancer by Keenan Norris
Reconstructing a volatile past
Reconstructing a volatile past
A book review of Son of a Gun: A Memoir by Justin St. Germain
A puzzle of memory and vision
A puzzle of memory and vision
A book review of Boneland: Linked Stories by Nance Van Winckel
Learning to bend: Settling Utah's road wars
Learning to bend: Settling Utah's road wars
A book review of Roads in the Wilderness: Conflict in Canyon Country by Jedediah S. Rogers
The 'wrong kind of Indians'
The 'wrong kind of Indians'
A book review of Cowboys and East Indians by Nina McConigley

Heard Around the West

Mountain goats, cats, glampers -- that's short for glamorous campers -- and more
Mountain goats, cats, glampers -- that's short for glamorous campers -- and more
Aggressive mountain goats and more oddities from around the West.

Dear Friends

See you in October
See you in October
Keep up during our fall publishing break with continued coverage online.
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