Terry Tempest Williams, author "Erosion: Essays of Undoing"

Air Dates: October 19-21, 2019


THIS WEEK: TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS,Award-Winning Author, Conservationist, & Activist

New Book: "Erosion: Essays Of Undoing"

“These are the most dangerous of all days for humans on Earth, and Erosion is the book for our time. Writing on the edge of the sacred, Terry Tempest Williams's message bears the power and emotional gifts of a close call with a charging grizzly. There are no stray words. Terry writes with a purity glimpsed in certain outcrops of crystalline rock or the waters filling a chain of alpine lakes. I believe there is no more important writer working today.”—Doug Peacock, author of In the Shadow of the Sabertooth

Oct. 17, 2019 -- This week’s guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is award-winning author, conservationist, and activist Terry Tempest Williams discussing her new book "Erosion: Essays of Undoing."

In this deep and far-ranging interview, Williams discusses her latest collection of urgent reflections on the state of American deserts and environmentalism, in her new book Erosion: Essays of Undoing.

Williams' writing is rooted in the American West and has been significantly influenced by the arid landscape of her native Utah. Her work focuses on social and environmental justice ranging from issues of ecology and the protection of public lands and wildness, to women's health, to exploring our relationship to culture and nature. She writes in the genre of creative nonfiction and the lyrical essay.

Other books by Williams include "The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks;" "Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place;" "Finding Beauty in a Broken World;" and "When Women Were Birds." Her work is widely taught"and anthologized around the world. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School.

QUOTE:“Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.” Terry Tempest Williams

QUOTES about “Erosion:”“Terry Tempest Williams’s voice in the clamor is like a hot desert wind blowing away the litter in a crowded room and leaving behind only what has weight, what is essential. These are essays about the courage to face what is most brutal and monstrous, by finding what is most beautiful and merciful.”—Rebecca Solnit, author of Call Them by Their True Names