Reconsidering Desert Solitaire

Oct 23, 2018

Edward Abbey’s love letter to redrock country, Desert Solitaire, is 50 years old now. But a lot has changed in that time. The writer Amy Irvine joins us to offer a different take on Abbey’s season in the wilderness.

Tuesday, we’re taking a different look at Edward Abbey. His love letter to redrock country, Desert Solitaire, is 50 years old now. It has inspired a lot of people through the years, including the writer Amy Irvine. In a new book, she offers a tribute and a challenge to Abbey and his work, from his thoughts on solitude and his passion for the land, to his misogyny and misrepresentation. Irvine is in Salt Lake this week, and she joins us to talk about Abbey’s season in the wilderness, and her own.

On Tuesday, October 23, at 7 p.m., Amy Irvine will give a reading from and sign her new book Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness at Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City. DETAILS

Amy Irvine is a writer, public lands activist, and a sixth-generation Utahn. Her writing has appeared in OrionHigh Desert Journal, and Climbing. She's the author of the memoir Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land. Her new book is called Desert Cabal [Indie bookstores|Amazon)