March 17, 2023, 7 PM, Back of Beyond Books and the Grand County Public Library present a reading and signing with Scott Graham and his new book: Saguaro Sanction

March 17, 2023

Saguaro Sanction

When Janelle Ortega’s cousin from Mexico is found brutally murdered at a remote petroglyph site in Saguaro National Park, she and her husband, archaeologist Chuck Bender, are drawn deep into a threatening web of hostility and deceit stretching south across the US-Mexico border and back in time a thousand years, to when the Hohokam people thrived in the Sonoran Desert.

Book 8 in Scott Graham’s National Park Mystery Series introduces readers to the landscapes and cultural histories of Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona, providing an inside look at the wonders of the wildly popular national park and its archaeological and cultural complexities.

In addition to discussing Saguaro Sanction we will also be looking at Scott’s earlier title, Canyonlands Carnage which is set near Moab in Cataract Canyon. Canyonlands Carnage was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award last year.

This event will be at the Grand County Public Library, 257 E. Center St. Moab, Ut. It is free and open to the public.

Here's another epic find from our spectacular rare department!

The Earth First! Reader: Ten Years of Radical Environmentalism
By John Davis [Ed.]

Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith, 1991. Softcover. 8vo; 272 pp. Publisher’s presentation copy. Stated first edition with full number line on copyright page. Signed by Earth First! Co-founder Ron Kezar at the start of his contribution on page 50. Kezar also wrote “Leon Czolgosz,” which is the pen name he used for this particular piece instead of his usual “Bill Haywood.” Illustrated red and tan wrappers with black lettering on spine. Small tear to head of spine; minor wear to edges and joints; spine is slightly faded. Perfect binding is tight. Interior is clean. Sticker about the binding is affixed to inside of front wrapper. Includes a foreword by Dave Foreman, another co-founder of Earth First! Three items are laid in: 1) a presentation TLS from Madge Baird, editorial director of Gibbs Smith, to Kezar; 2) a postcard invitation to Edward Abbey’s memorial service, addressed to Kezar from Clarke Abbey; 3) a business card-sized announcement for an Edward Abbey reading in Prescott, Arizona in April 1988.

This book collects environmental essays from ten years of the Earth First! Journal. It features the work of over 40 writers, notably Edward Abbey, Joanna Macy, Gary Nabhan, Doug Peacock, and Gary Snyder.

EF-025036 $200

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This weeks staff pick is brought to you by Julia Buckwalter!! 

 I'm delighted to share a new dazzling work of poetry with you, Instructions for Traveling West by Joy Sullivan. Imagine an alternative universe wherein Emily Dickinson and Mary Oliver share a daughter, whose godfather was Jim Harrison. He tells her stories about mountains while she grows up playing next-door with Rupi Kaur, eventually writing her thesis on Women Who Run With the Wolves. And here you have a new modern classic! 135 poems are divided into six parts, plus an interlude:
I: Realize You're Homesick
II: Come Apart
III: Commit to the Road
Interlude: Westward, A Woman Walks
IV: Reacquaint Yourself With Desire
V: Give Grief Her Own Lullabye
VI: Remind Yourself, Joy Is Not a Trick
At approximately half a page in length each, these poems are bite-sized chunks of heart, heat, wonder and story that will both unseat and settle the soul, setting it aloft like a cloud that will fill up with meaningful rain during its journey.  Sullivan speaks of love and longing with the same care and attention as she does tomatoes and mountains, her capable eyes drawing meaning and richness from everyday living.  Her poems are expressed with the urgency of amazement, yet contain the Taoist balance of knowing while not knowing - everything I feel the above-mentioned poets and possible influences succeed in.  This book is a long, delicious drink of living words... I especially enjoyed the poems that evolved the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden. I read hungrily but found myself pausing to savor, sometimes saying out loud, "Wow." I highly recommend it!
Excerpt from Giving Notice: "Do what you should have done years ago. Let your body out to pasture. Fill your calendar with nothing but sky. Surrender to the woods. To cicadas and sap beetles. To the moths, the color of memory and dream. Wear dusk like an ancient cloak. Hurry--"

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