2020 International Convention
March 25 - March 28, 2019
Rio All-Suite Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
Terry Tempest Williams
Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert
by Terry Tempest Williams
As one of the most imaginative and thoughtful writers about the Western desert landscape and the need to protect it, Williams reminds us in this book that the preservation of wildness isn’t just about a specific region. It is about all of us. To preserve wildness is to preserve the spiritual essence of a nation and of individuals. In this lyrical tribute to the red desert country of Utah, Williams gracefully and forcefully steps into the debate over the use of public lands that divides even her own family. Red reminds us of the wisdom the desert offers all of us—after all, the desert tortoises “teach us the slow art of revolutionary patience”—and introduces readers to the power, vulnerability, and transformative possibilities offered by the desert landscape that so many people and unique species of life call home.
The beloved author of "Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams is one of the country's most eloquent and imaginative writers. The desert is her blood. In this potent collage of stories, essays, and testimony, Red" makes a stirring case for the preservation of America's Redrock Wilderness in the canyon country of southern Utah.
As passionate as she is persuasive, Williams writes lyrically about the desert's power and vulnerability, describing wonders that range from an ancient Puebloan sash of macaw feathers found in Canyonlands National Park to the desert tortoise-an animal that can "teach us the slow art of revolutionary patience" as it extends our notion of kinship with all life. She examines the civil war being waged in the West today over public and private uses of land-an issue that divides even her own family. With grace, humor, and compassionate intelligence, Williams reminds us that the preservation of wildness is not simply a political process but a spiritual one.