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November 12, 2018

We take a break from covering current events with our annual Books & Authors special issue, which hits themes familiar to every Westerner, echoing the conflicts common to our million-square-mile region. Book reviews, author Q&As, memoirs, excerpts and essays reimagine our relationships to each other, and to the land.

Feature

Fear and love in Oregon’s forests
Fear and love in Oregon’s forests
How far will you go for the person you love?
Edward Abbey’s warnings were right
Edward Abbey’s warnings were right
Author Amy Irvine’s answer to the classic ‘Desert Solitaire’ on its 50th anniversary.
When the health of your land is beyond your control
When the health of your land is beyond your control
An excerpt from Rebecca Clarren’s new novel explores the effects of fossil fuel development on a Western ranch.

Editor's Note

The persistence of place in Western writing
The persistence of place in Western writing
Authors find inspiration in the land, no matter its state.

Current

The cultural milieu of anarchist and self-taught linguist Jaime de Angulo
The cultural milieu of anarchist and self-taught linguist Jaime de Angulo
A Q&A with the author of a new book about the early 20th century figure.
A push for inclusivity in Seattle’s book publishing scene
A push for inclusivity in Seattle’s book publishing scene
‘The books are only as valuable as the community around them.’
‘A poet in the world’ who’s informed by the land
‘A poet in the world’ who’s informed by the land
Award-winning Diné writer Tacey Atsitty discusses her recent book and the accessibility of poetry today.
A voice for the overlooked
A voice for the overlooked
Writer Jonathan Evison flips the American Dream narrative upside-down.
The search for Native identity on city streets
The search for Native identity on city streets
Tommy Orange deftly captures the urban-Indigenous experience in his debut novel.
In these stories, the only real home is a phone’s home screen
In these stories, the only real home is a phone’s home screen
Lydia Millet’s new book documents modern-day America from Los Angeles.

Essays

Reconciling wildness and the American dream
Reconciling wildness and the American dream
A writer finds a home in the wild landscapes of the West.
What’s special about a good-for-nothing sunflower?
What’s special about a good-for-nothing sunflower?
In an age of extinction, a sunny, endangered flower serves as a beacon of arid lands.

Book Reviews

Ode to a mountain
Ode to a mountain
A duo pay a heartfelt tribute to Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountain.
New reads for fall
New reads for fall
Enjoy a sampling of the season’s best new books.
When immigration and identity collide
When immigration and identity collide
A new novel reminds us that love can keep us together.
The contradictions of iconic lands
The contradictions of iconic lands
The photos inside two new volumes show the grandeur and vulnerability of landscapes like the Grand Canyon and Bears Ears National Monument.
Reforestation and remeandering in Leopold’s bootsteps
Reforestation and remeandering in Leopold’s bootsteps
A new book follows a family’s mission to heal the land.

Heard Around the West

Fabulous flab; reefer madness; unsportmanslike conduct
Fabulous flab; reefer madness; unsportmanslike conduct
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

HCN bugles in the season
HCN bugles in the season
We experience some creature encounters and say a few goodbyes.
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