Tucson Festival of Books

Will Grant


Sponsored by James Wezelman and Denise Grusin

Will Grant was born and raised outside Denver, Colo. After college, he worked as a cowboy and a horse trainer in Colorado, Wyoming and Texas, where he apprenticed under the legendary horseman Jack Brainard. In 2008, he pivoted to a career in journalism. His writing has appeared in Outside magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal and regional publications throughout the West. His efforts to combine horses and storytelling have included a 600-mile horse race across Mongolia, an expedition to find gold in Arizona and two trips to Kyrgyzstan to play the most dangerous horseback game on the planet, called kok boru. "The Last Ride of the Pony Express" is his first book. Will currently lives in Santa Fe, N.M. with his partner, Claire Antoszewski, two dogs, three chickens and five horses.

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Scheduled events:
Western Vistas
A twentieth-century view of the West from authors who have traveled its terrain from the High Plains to the Grand Canyon floor.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Will Grant, Betsy Gaines Quammen, Melissa Sevigny
Moderator: Tom Zoellner
Into the Sunset
A trio of writers use the Pony Express, America's centennial year, and a cowboy detective's dramatic life story to reflect on the passing of the Old West.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Will Grant, Nathan Ward, Chris Wimmer
Moderator: Russell True, Jr.
The West in Fact and Fiction
Historian Chris Wimmer, journalist Will Grant, and novelist Elizabeth Crook explore the reality and romance of the Old West. The dramatic events of America's centennial year, the adventures of a modern-day pony express rider, and an epic tale of frontier flight and pursuit testify to its persistent claim on the modern imagination.

UA Library/Special Collections (Seats 110)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
History / Biography
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Integrated Learning Center (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Elizabeth Crook, Will Grant, Chris Wimmer
Moderator: Heidi Osselaer

Book:
The Last Ride of the Pony Express
My 2,000-mile Horseback Journey Into the Old West
History / Biography
Little Brown
January 2023
ISBN 9780316422314
336 pages
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