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Western Lit: 'Water to the Angels' Tells the Tale of the Man Behind the Monumental Aqueduct

Western Lit: 'Water to the Angels' Tells the Tale of the Man Behind the Monumental Aqueduct

Monday, August 24, 2015  |  Traci J. Macnamara

Few issues in the West are more controversial than water, and Les Standiford dives headfirst into the topic in his new nonfiction book, Water to the Angels , a dramatic account of the life of William Mulholland.

Standiford traces Mulholland’s rise from being an Irish immigrant ditch-digger to being the...

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Finally Painting With Passion: Laura Janes Gave Up a Lucrative Art-Commission Career to Make Her Own Creations

Finally Painting With Passion: Laura Janes Gave Up a Lucrative Art-Commission Career to Make Her Own Creations

Friday, August 21, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

It all started with a crayon crisis.

“I distinctly remember that at age 7, I had a major crisis—deciding which of two distinctly different shades of green Crayola crayons would be best for my ‘latest masterpiece,’” Laura Janes said. “And with that decision, I knew that art and painting were my future...

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Western Lit: The Interaction Between Tourism, Native Culture Is Fascinating in 'So, How Long Have You Been Native?'

Western Lit: The Interaction Between Tourism, Native Culture Is Fascinating in 'So, How Long Have You Been Native?'

Friday, August 07, 2015  |  Carson Vaughan

Alexis C. Bunten understands what it’s like to be an outsider.

A mix of Alaska Native, Swedish “and something else, French Canadian, I think,” the writer spent her childhood moving across the country, from Hawaii to South Dakota to Alaska and Washington state. She may have faced less outright discrim...

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Western Lit: 'On the Burning Edge'’ Introduces Us to Wildland Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Western Lit: 'On the Burning Edge'’ Introduces Us to Wildland Firefighters Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Tuesday, August 04, 2015  |  Ben Goldfarb

On June 30, 2013, Arizona’s infamous Yarnell Hill Fire overran the Granite Mountain Hotshots, killing 19 firefighters as they crouched beneath their woefully inadequate aluminum shelters.

The tragedy was nearly as mysterious as it was horrific: Minutes earlier, Granite Mountain had been stationed in ...

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Art as Language: Meet Charlie Ciali, a Practicing Artist, Advocate and Educator

Art as Language: Meet Charlie Ciali, a Practicing Artist, Advocate and Educator

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

After years of exploring places around the globe as a flight attendant, Charlie Ciali traded in his wings for a more earthy exploration: ceramics.

He was a ceramicist who produced collectable pieces before becoming a Midwest gallery owner. Upon his arrival in the desert, Ciali reinvented himself as a...

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Western Lit: Short-Story Collection 'Snowblind' Uses Mountain-Climbing as a Theme

Western Lit: Short-Story Collection 'Snowblind' Uses Mountain-Climbing as a Theme

Friday, July 24, 2015  |  Kate Schimel

Snowblind , the first collection of short stories by veteran travel writer and alpinist Daniel Arnold, explores mountaineering and the power it holds over the people who pursue it.

Arnold’s characters are drawn irrevocably to the mountains they climb, and their obsession works strangely on their minds...

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