Tucson Festival of Books

Taking it Outside

Sitting down to tell a tale is only a small part of writing a good book about nature. The real work, and the real fun, is being there. Today, Susan Lamb and Tom Zoellner will explain why hitting the trail is so important to getting to know a place.

Susan Lamb

Susan Lamb served as a ranger-naturalist in the National Park Service for seven years; her last assignment was as Desert View District Ranger-Naturalist at Grand Canyon National Park. The Desert View District borders the Navajo Nation and her work there was to interpret the pre-Columbian and modern indigenous peoples of the Colorado Plateau, particularly the Hisatsinom and the Hopi....

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Tom Zoellner

Tom Zoellner, a fifth-generation Arizonan, is the author of eight nonfiction books, including "Rim to River," "The Heartless Stone," "Uranium," "The National Road," and "Island on Fire," which won the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Bancroft Prize....

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Rim to River
Looking Into the Heart of Arizona
Tom Zoellner
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
University of Arizona Press
January 2023
ISBN 9780816540020
352 pages

White Sands National Park
Susan Lamb
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Western National Parks Association
December 2022
ISBN 9781583692103
68 pages

A visit to White Sands National Park feels otherworldly. Located in New Mexico within the world’s largest expanse of gypsum sand dunes, its size compares only to the dunefields on planet Mars. More/less