October 24, 2016
It’s book-tour season for me again—this time on behalf of "Yellowstone: A Journey Through America’s Wild Heart," my new book (in collaboration with a team of wonderful photographers), which is just out. It’s an expanded version (more words, more photos) of the May 2016 special issue of National Geographic, for which I wrote the complete text.
This week I'm headed over to Billings, MT, for a talk and book signing at This House of Books, on Wednesday, October 26, 5:30 pm. I'll show some amazing photos from my National Geographic colleagues, in the course of speaking about the Yellowstone book (just out) and the work that led to its making. Y’all come, if you’re in Billings.
Other recent visits have been ticked off the calendar. On October 10 I was in Colorado Springs, to lecture at Colorado College on "Ebola to Yellowstone and Beyond: A Writer's Explorations." My old pal and editor Mark Bryant was teaching a block in the journalism program and he asked me to come, meet with his class and do the evening lecture. Mark was editor-in-chief at Outside Magazine in the late 1980s and early '90s, when I wrote the Natural Acts column there. We relived some good memories. Like the time, in a beat-up car headed for a weekend getaway from Chicago to Wisconsin, when I listened to Mark pitching a story idea to our young colleague, Jon Krakauer. Something about a poor confused young man who died in a school bus not far off a road in Alaska. . .
On September 30, Friday, I did a lecture on Yellowstone with photos (from my National Geographic colleagues) at Town Hall in Seattle, again with a book signing afterward.
On October 2, a Sunday morning, I did one of the keynote talks to the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, also in Seattle. A bit eearly for public speaking but fortunately there was good strong coffee in Seattle.
On October 4, Tuesday, I drove down to Grand Teton and gave the keynote that evening at the opening of the 13th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This brought to full circle, in a satisfying way, my intensive engagement with the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that began back in December 2013, when Chris Johns of Nat Geo asked me to write the special issue.
After the GYE science conference, I drove back to Bozeman—through the southern half of Yellowstone Park, which looked magnificent in its autumnal yellows of the aspens and the cottonwoods, and a skiff of fresh snow. I stopped along the bank of the Firehole River to savor the moments, shared distantly with a handful of tourists and about fifty bison. Then onward: toward Bozeman and winter and more work at my desk.