Guardian of the Valley

Posted on Jan 14, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

I am currently working on a new book about the founding of Yosemite National Park and the fight to save it from those who are determined to exploit its natural resources. John Muir and his editor at Century Magazine, Robert Underwood Johnson, are at the heart of the story, as they change the way America regards and protects its most hallowed natural treasures. The book will be published by Scribner in 2022. Until then, happy reading, and I highly recommend The Overstory by Richard Powers.

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6th Annual Biographers International Conference

Posted on May 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Looking forward to moderating a great panel, “Bio vs. Narrative Nonfiction,” with authors Charlie Slack, Justin Martin and Hampton Sides and literary agent Katherine Flynn. Sign up now!

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Only Those Who Ride Camels Know Camels

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 in Blog | 2 comments

This fall I had the opportunity to give a TED talk at TEDxCharlotteville. It was an exciting and humbling experience to get up in front of a thousand or so people and talk about my research trip to Africa for my book Skeletons on the Zahara. As fate would have it, my research trip to Morocco and across the Sahara was scheduled for less than a month after 9-11. As an American, it was a difficult time to be traveling in so remote a place, through Arab lands, with Arab guides. But it was one ripe for learning a lot of lessons and lessons that connected me closer to the shipwrecked subjects I was writing about from two centuries before. Click below to hear my 12-minute talk.

 

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A Holiday Book Fest

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Looking forward to a fun time at this festive event, Sunday, December 14. Come on out and join in the literary conversation and fun.

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2014 Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on 2014 Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award

Many thanks to all of you who voted for The Feud to win the Library of Virginia’s People’s Choice Award. I was fortunate enough to win the award for Skeletons on the Zahara in 2005. Ten years later, it was a thrill to be back on the podium to thank all of the good folks at the Library of Virginia, who do so much to promote literary life in the state. I am currently still doing talks about the Hatfield-McCoy feud and working on a new historical adventure tale. More soon!

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