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.
Five authors on the joys of reading in the wild
Five authors on the joys of reading in the wild
Western writers contemplate roaming texts and landscapes.
Exploring rural California’s contradictions
Exploring rural California’s contradictions
Gabriel Tallent’s debut novel tells the story of a tough teenage girl’s survival.
How to know what we don’t know about natural disasters
How to know what we don’t know about natural disasters
A new book foretells America’s next devastating earthquake.
What to do if you had just one day left to live
What to do if you had just one day left to live
Two writers contemplate their last moments.
Indie presses in the West
Indie presses in the West
A selection of small publishers from around the region.
In line at the Great Wall
In line at the Great Wall
In no-longer-so-imaginary future, parents and children are separated at the border.
What are we fighting for?
What are we fighting for?
Bell Prize winner: Through the trials of life, a young writer finds she’s fighting for our spirit.
A nearly forgotten poet’s view from above timberline
A nearly forgotten poet’s view from above timberline
Belle Turnbull found transcendence in the Colorado Rockies.
A fictional Gilead in the Northwest
A fictional Gilead in the Northwest
Two authors imagine societies with draconian policies against women.
More books essential to understanding the American West
More books essential to understanding the American West
Readers tell us their favorites from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Terry Tempest Williams and the refuge of change
Terry Tempest Williams and the refuge of change
One of the West’s most beloved authors revisits Great Salt Lake.
How to tell the story of the West, rural and urban
How to tell the story of the West, rural and urban
A residential library for readers, poets and naturalists takes shape.
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Aaron A. Abeyta on his family’s shadowy past in New Mexico
The promise of Alaska’s wilderness
The promise of Alaska’s wilderness
Two novels offer perspectives on the allure of the last frontier.
Science fiction’s warnings for the present
Science fiction’s warnings for the present
Kim Stanley Robinson on climate change and the precarious health of the planet.
Insights from a climate oasis
Insights from a climate oasis
Author Kathleen Alcalá on learning to become an activist.
Revisiting Idaho’s lead-poisoning legacy
Revisiting Idaho’s lead-poisoning legacy
A new book documents a catastrophe in Silver Valley.
Adventures of a roving Bookmobile driver
Adventures of a roving Bookmobile driver
This is not your typical library job.
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
A reading list for understanding the region.
Native American literature’s shapeshifter
Native American literature’s shapeshifter
Novelist Stephen Graham Jones on how he transcends stereotypes.
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