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Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West

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To many readers, Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner are icons of Western American literature. Both were great writers, and they shared a passion for preserving the West’s unique environment. But, as the nature writer David Gessner explains in a new book, Stegner and Abbey were two very unique men. They differed as much in their writing styles as in their ideas about what it meant to love and care for the land. Gessner joins us Monday to explore how Stegner and Abbey embodied and chronicled the modern West. [Rebroadcast]

On Saturday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m., David Gessner will give a reading at The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City. For more details, visit their website www.kingsenglish.com

David Gessner is a professor at University of North Carolina – Wilmington, where he founded the literary journal Ecotone. He’s author of the books Return of the OspreyMy Green Manifesto, and The Tarball Chronicles. His new book is called All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West [Amazon|Indiebound].

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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