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"All The Wild That Remains" on Monday's Access Utah

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Archetypal wild man Edward Abbey and proper, dedicated Wallace Stegner left their footprints all over the western landscape. Now, in his book “All The Wild That Remains,” nature writer David Gessner follows the ghosts of these remarkable men from Stegner's birthplace in Saskatchewan to the site of Abbey's pilgrimages to Arches National Park in Utah, interweaving their stories and asking how they speak to the issues that confront the West today.

In a region affected by droughts and fires, by fracking and drilling, and by an ever-growing population that may be loving the West to death, Gessner asks: how might these two far-seeing environmental thinkers have responded? 

David Gessner is author of “Return of the Osprey,” “My Green Manifesto,” “The Tarball Chronicles,” and other books. He teaches at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he founded the literary journal Ecotone.

He will be at Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 1, Back of Beyond Books in Moab on Friday, June 12, and The King’s English Bookshop in SLC on Saturday, July 18. He joins us for the hour on Monday’s AU.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.