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“Highway 89″ Author to Speak in Springdale

Z-Arts!, Zion Canyon’s very own arts and humanities council, is hosting an author event and book signing next week on one of our favorite scenic roads, U.S. Highway 89. Here the Z-Arts! press release: U.S. Highway 89: The Scenic Route to Seven Western National Parks documents seven of America’s favorite national parks, hometown events and quirky roadside attractions linked by U.S. 89. Scenic Highway 89 traces the stories of legendary trappers, missionaries and homesteaders. Widened in the Roaring Twenties to satisfy America’s motoring enthusiasts, but bypassed by modern interstates, the 1,600 mile route from Canada to Mexico retains its back-roads charm. From Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, beauty queens to working cowboys, the real character of the American west, however, rests in its people who are redefining the western mystique into lifestyles that meld traditional heritage with 21st century realities. This book bridges across well-established audiences for travelogues, travel photography, road-trip mystique and western lore and automotive history. This book will also interest aficionados of a particular region, like Greater Yellowstone, anchoring their favorite destinations in a larger transect of the American West. Salt Lake City writer and photographer Ann Torrence drove over 15,000 miles to research and photograph U.S. … Continue reading

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Local Artists Offer Southern Paiute Lecture Next Wednesday

If you can make it to Springdale next week Wednesday, join the crowd in attending a free lecture and book signing by Rockville writer Logan Hebner and Springdale photographer Michael Plyler. Hebner and Plyler are both skilled artists AND engaging speakers, making their presentations consistently enjoyable. These gentlemen have undertaken some great work in recording oral histories from Southern Paiute elders, pairing these stories with authentic portraits of the storytellers. Fortunately, they have finally committed their endeavors to a printed book; I look forward to turning the pages of a copy. Here is the news release from Z-Arts!: Join us for an evening with local author, Logan Hebner and local photographer, Michael Plyler for a discussion of their highly anticipated book, Southern Paiute: A Portrait, compiled from the Southern Paiute Oral History project.  A book signing will follow the presentation. “In this carefully-wrought book, thirty unforgettable Southern Paiute people speak to us.  Logan Hebner is our guide, our Studs Terkel – unfailingly generous and warm.  Hebner asks: ‘Why, in all this time, has nobody simply asked the Southern Paiute for their stories?”  Hebner did just that, and in doing so, he was able to record stories that exist nowhere else … Continue reading

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Author Craig Childs Lectures in Springdale Tomorrow!

One of my favorite Southwestern authors, Craig Childs, comes to Springdale tomorrow for a lecture/reading supporting his newest book, Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession. Childs’ new work centers around the Four Corners Raid of June 2009, when the FBI and BLM made a huge bust of folks suspected of illegally gathering, transporting, and selling ancient Puebloan artifacts. The aftermath of the bust spurred lots and lots of discussion and debate in wide circles, all surrounding the questions of who, if anyone, has rights to historic artifacts and what becomes of them. While I haven’t read the book (yet), my impression is Childs takes a typically sophisticated approach to his examination, injecting much personal experience and a lifelong log of reflections into a balanced exploration. For more on the book, check out the New York Times review on Childs’ Utah book tour. Childs is an amazing writer and speaker, able to easily capture any crowd’s attention with both stunning tales of wild adventure and delicate, intimate ponderings on a slate of philosophical areas. The pure beauty of Childs’ language grabs me, as does his humble, sincere personality. There is a certain touch of something crazy about Childs, something … Continue reading

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