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Writer Craig Childs On The Beauty Of Dry Places

Chelsea Naughton

In his latest book, the writer and adventurer Craig Childs writes that he dreams of canyons and was born to deserts — deserts ruled by a god of drought who leaves them dry on purpose.

Childs’ book, Virga and Bone, is a collection of essays about the essential elements of deserts, stuff like bones, balanced rocks and dry rain. In the desert, he notes, everything is stripped down to its barest nature. But if you give yourself over to that dry landscape, it’ll wear you down, too — which can actually be a good thing. Childs joins us Friday at 11 a.m. MT for a conversation about how deserts can shape us and the richness we can find in these spare places.

Craig Childs book is Virga and Bone: Essays from Dry Places. [Bookshop|Audible|Indiebound|Amazon]

NOTE: The statewide book club One Book, One Utah has chosen Virga and Bone as their spring 2021 book selection. You can read Craig Childs' book of essays, then join the group for an online author's talk and virtual gathering on May 27, at 7 p.m. MT. For more information about One Book, One Utah and their online get-together of Virga and Bone, go to their website here.

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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