Thursday, October 17 @ 6:30 PM 

Desert Banter: Cactus Ed in the 21st Century 

with authors Amy Irvine & Scott Graham

Desert Cabal & Arches Enemy 

Join us for an inspired conversation about the complicated legacy of author and activist Edward Abbey. Authors Amy Irvine and Scott Graham have considered Abbey's role in the 21st century and grappled with his words, actions, and love of place both on and off the page. Irvine will share from her latest, "Desert Cabal", in which she engages a long-deceased Ed in a timely and heated dialogue. "Desert Cabal" was selected by Outside Magazine for their updated adventure literature canon list this year, controversially joining "Desert Solitaire" in the canon of the desert West. Graham will speak about Abbey's role in his latest mystery, "Arches Enemy," and engage with Irvine in a conversation about navigating the environmental tradition of Cactus Ed in a new era.



Thursday, October 24 @ 6:30 PM 

Maria's Bookshop 

Zak Podmore, Confluence

Ayja Bounous, Shaped By Snow 

Podmore and Bounous are two new authors with Torrey House Press, weaving personal narrative with some of the most pertinent political and ethical subjects of our time. 

In Shaped by Snow, Bounous's examines personal and family connections to snow and skiing and how climate change threatens both the mountain and the relationships that shape her. Zak Podmore's Confluence  takes shape in the wake of his river-running mother’s death. Podmore illustrates the healing power of wild places through a lens of grief and regeneration. Visceral, first-person narratives include a canoe crossing of the Colorado River delta during a rare release of water, a kayak sprint down a flash-flooding Little Colorado River to the site of a proposed tourist development, and a packraft trip on the Elwha River in Washington through the largest dam removal project in history.


Tuesday, October 29 @ 6:30 pm

Pine Needle Dry Goods, 858 Main Ave 

Jack Loeffler

Headed Into the Wind

With the temperament of Santa Claus and the tenacity of a badger, Jack Loeffler reveals his compassion and concern for Southwestern traditional cultures and their respective habitats in the wake of Manifest Destiny. Working both as an individual and with comrades--including Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder--he was part of an early coterie of counterculturalists and environmentalists who fought to thwart the plunder of natural resources in the Southwest. Loeffler, a former jazz musician, fire lookout, museum curator, bioregionalist, and self-taught aural historian, shares his humor and imagination, his adventures, observations, reflections, and meditations along the trail in his retelling of a life well lived. In this honest memoir, he advises each and every one of us to go skinny-dipping joyfully in the flow of Nature to better understand where we're headed.


Thursday, November 7 @ 6:30 

Maria's Bookshop 

Craig Childs 

Virga & Bone: Essays from Dry Places 

From the author of The Secret Knowledge of Water and Atlas of a Lost World comes a deeply felt essay collection focusing upon a vivid series of desert icons--a half-blind bighorn ram, a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, solitude on the Green River. Craig Childs delves into the primacy of the land and the profound nature of the more-than-human.

Maria's Bookshop is thrilled to host one of our communities' favorite authors! You'll want to arrive early for this one... 


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Durango, CO 81301


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