Visiting geographer-photographer William Wyckoff presents his newest book, How to Read the American West: A Field Guide (University of Washington Press) on Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 p.m., at Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, in Reno.
From deserts to ghost towns, from national forests to California bungalows, many of the features of the western American landscape are well known to residents and travelers alike. But in How to Read the American West, William Wyckoff introduces readers anew to these familiar landscapes.
A geographer and an accomplished photographer, Wyckoff offers a fresh perspective on the natural and human history of the American West and encourages readers to discover that history has shaped the places where people live, work, and visit.
“Creative, thoughtful, and compelling, How to Read the American West makes the reader think in new ways about the everyday landscape. It shows a deep and thoughtful knowledge of the diversity of the West, and the engaging ‘eye’ at work throughout is both trustworthy and provocative. While most books ask you to engage primarily with the book, this book gets readers to engage with the landscape itself,” praised Kathryn Morse, author of The Nature of Gold.
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A native of Southern California, William Wyckoff now makes his home in Bozeman, Montana where he is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. His other book projects that have focused on the western landscape include a re-photographic survey of Montana titled On the Road Again: Montana’s Changing Landscape, and a historical geography of Colorado titled Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western Landscape, 1860-1940.
This event is made possible through a partnership Nevada Humanities and with support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.