Books & Authors

Finding meaning on Joan Didion’s frontier
Finding meaning on Joan Didion’s frontier
With the release of a new collection, the 86-year-old author returns to her old work and a vast, complicated legacy.
Beads are easier to connect than family
Beads are easier to connect than family
In Beth Piatote’s first short-story collection, a niece learns beading and other lessons.
George Takei recounts internment’s long shadow
George Takei recounts internment’s long shadow
The actor and activist remembers his childhood detainment by the U.S. government during World War II in a new graphic novel.
The West is more than heroes and villains
The West is more than heroes and villains
In ‘This Land,’ Christopher Ketcham roams the West in search of both, and misses a lot in between.
The case against immigration prisons
The case against immigration prisons
Law professor César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández analyzes why America puts so many immigrants behind bars.
We need more than stories for the unheard
We need more than stories for the unheard
Writing offers a way to understand our community and ourselves.
From Russia with love — and salmon
From Russia with love — and salmon
A new book explores the borderlands of ‘Salmon Nation,’ from the American West to Russia’s Far East.
Friendship and disappearance in the desert
Friendship and disappearance in the desert
A debut novel highlights the strength of women, even as they face trouble.
Native nonfiction authors experiment with form in new anthology
Native nonfiction authors experiment with form in new anthology
In a collection of essays, writers defy expectations and examine place.
Humans are great at giving real problems the side-eye
Humans are great at giving real problems the side-eye
Two new titles provide insight on the willful ignorance that lead to the West’s water woes.
Interview: On negotiating brutality and beauty
Interview: On negotiating brutality and beauty
In his debut collection, poet Jake Skeets summons beauty through darkness.
This season’s best reads
This season’s best reads
A roundup of the new and upcoming books that have caught our eye.
A Western author wades into murky political waters
A Western author wades into murky political waters
The blind spots, omissions and caricatures of ‘Deep River’ fail to contend with the historical realities of the Northwest or the current political climate.
Is development a cancer on the West’s landscape?
Is development a cancer on the West’s landscape?
When your mom is battling the illness, the metaphor gets complicated.
Joy Harjo’s singing trees and trickster saxophones
Joy Harjo’s singing trees and trickster saxophones
The U.S. poet laureate’s new collection of poems incorporates history and breaks time.
Q & A: Terry Tempest Williams on erosion as an emotional state
Q & A: Terry Tempest Williams on erosion as an emotional state
The acclaimed author discusses how she hopes to help people find strength in these times.
Call for pitches: Books & Authors special issue 2019
Call for pitches: Books & Authors special issue 2019
Help us celebrate the West’s writers and writing.
Fear and love in Oregon’s forests
Fear and love in Oregon’s forests
How far will you go for the person you love?
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 voice for the overlooked
A voice for the overlooked
Writer Jonathan Evison flips the American Dream narrative upside-down.
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.
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.
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