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John Branch



Catherine Branch

Sponsored by TCI Wealth Advisors Inc.

John Branch is a San Francisco-based sports reporter for The New York Times and the author of "The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West," about a family of bronc-riding rodeo champions trying to hold on to their ranchland outside Utah's Zion National Park amid the pressures of the West's changing landscape. A reporter without a beat, Branch writes about a little bit of everything, from the Olympics (many times) to dog-grooming contests (once), and occassionally for different sections of the paper. He believes the quest is to write stories that surprise readers, usually nibbling in the shadows of the sports world. Branch received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for "Snow Fall," a story about a deadly avalanche in Washington, and was a finalist for the prize the year before for a series about hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard, the subject of his first book, "Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard," released in 2014 and the winner of the ESPN/PEN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Raised in Golden, Colorado, a one-time manager for Costco, Branch received a master's degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1996. He worked for The Gazette in Colorado Springs for several years, then became the sports columnist at the Fresno Bee before being hired by The New York Times in 2005.

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Scheduled events:
A Different West
Various looks at growing up in the West.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: John Branch, Hugh Fitzsimons, Karen Piper
Moderator: Gregory McNamee
Small Towns Big on Sports
Many of America's sports, like rodeo, skiing, ski jumping and kayaking, are rooted in and nourished by the country's smaller communities. John Branch and Karen Crouse visited two of those places and took the reader along.

UA BookStore (Seats 150)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 2, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Sports
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: John Branch, Karen Crouse
Moderator: Anne Montgomery
The Ranchers’ Lament
Is ranching the future of the West, or will pressures from all directions — like developers, environmentalists, climate change and tourism — render the family ranch a thing of the past? Two prize-winning journalists discuss forces impacting this traditional Western way of life.

UA Library - Special Collections (Seats 100)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 3, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Multigenre
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: John Branch, Rebecca Clarren
Moderator: Stuart Rosebrook

Books:
The Last Cowboys
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
W.W. Norton
May 2018
ISBN 9780393292343
Hardcover, 288 pages
$26.95, INSTORE
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A gripping portrait of one family's gamble that rodeo and ranching are the future of the West--and not just its past.

Boy on Ice
Sports
W.W. Norton
October 2014
ISBN 9780393239393
Hardcover, 384 pages
$26.95, INSTORE
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter traces the career of the NHL enforcer to reveal how a series of concussions led to his accidental death and subsequent investigations into systematic violence in contact sports. More/less

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