Amy Irvine - Salt Lake City

Amy Irvine

Amy Irvine

Oct 23, 2018, 7:00 pm


Amy Irvine

Book Title

Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness


Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Ken Sanders Rare Books
268 S 200 E
Salt Lake City , UT 84111-2412
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Public lands activist and author Amy Irvine shares her new book Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness at Ken Sanders Rare Books on Tuesday, October 23rd.

Ed Abbey’s Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness turns 50 this fall, and its illustrious, difficult author, still revered in America’s redrock country, is due for both a celebration and a talking to. Amy Irvine is the perfect woman for the job. In Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness, Irvine speaks to a man who helped shape the American idea of wilderness, and inspired us to act on its behalf, to resist threats to it. But this iconic author’s ideas are dated—even offensive, to some. And so Irvine speaks to this, helps to make contemporary the white male narrative that is still very much at the heart of today’s wilderness movement—even as it celebrates the lens through which Abbey taught so many to love the wild remains of the nation. From a quiet solitude to a roaring cabal, Ed Abbey has met his match in Amy Irvine.

Amy Irvine is a sixth-generation Utahn and long-time public lands activist. Her memoir, Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land, received the Orion Book Award, the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, and Colorado Book Award. Her essay “Spectral Light,” was a finalist for the Pen Award in Journalism, and her recent essay, “Conflagrations: Motherhood, Madness and a Planet on Fire,” appeared among the 2017 Best American Essays’ list of Notables. Irvine teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA Program of Southern New Hampshire University, in the White Mountains of New England.

This event was made possible with support from Torrey House Press, Ken Sanders Rare Books, and Utah Humanities.