"From naturalist Williams, a powerful and lyrical collection ranging from sudden pieces of fiction and hip-shooting creative non-fictions to manifestos and eroticism, all taking their cues from the American Southwestern deserts."
"[RED] includes two of the works that have defined Williams as a central voice in the environmental movement: Desert Quartet, which is made up of simple and erotic personal essays, and Coyote's Canyon, comprised of the lovely tales of desert people. To these she adds pieces that center on her move out of Salt Lake City, her study of the meanings of the color red and, most importantly, the imperative to create national protection for land that cannot protect itself from each step of development and population growth."
|Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert|
Read an excerpt on the Pantheon Books website.
RED: Passion and Patience in the Desert, was published by Pantheon in September, 2001.
Vintage published RED in trade paperback in October, 2002.
Pantheon Books donated several hundred copies of RED:
Passion and Patience in the Desert, which were distributed to members of
Congress in conjunction with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Citizens of
Utah, and across the nation, took time away from work and family to
personally meet with their members of Congress, and educate and lobby about
the need to designate wilderness. Citizens also lobbied for passage of
America's Redrock Wilderness Act, the bill before Congress to designate
over 9 million acres as official wilderness in Utah. Some copies of RED
were also delivered by SUWA's Washington, D.C. staff.
Find out more about America's Redrock Wilderness Act on SUWA's website.
The Utah Wilderness Coalition is an assembly of over 200 different groups working together to protect wilderness on public lands in Utah. Visit their website for valuable background information on the management of America's public lands and how to get involved in grassroots activism.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
RED: Passion and Patience in the Desert,
explores naturalist Terry Tempest Williams's lifelong love of, and commitment to, the desert. Combining her best writing on the terrain she knows so well, with a collection of new essays of great originality and influence, RED
brings together the lyrical evocations of her earlier books, Coyote's Canyon
and Desert Quartet,
with new essays of great power and originality.
includes meditations on the astounding rock formations that have haunted Williams's imagination for decades, as well as startling encounters with the face and soul of the desert. And because, for all its intensity and harshness, the desert is among the most fragile of landscapes, it prompts in Williams a fierce commitment to protect it from human forces of destruction. A manifesto calling for a "Coyote Clan"-for people to become quietly subversive on behalf of the land-RED
presents a portrait of America's Redrock Wilderness in all its emotional and psychological power.
Terry Tempest Williams has testified before U.S. Congress twice regarding the environmental links associated with cancer, and has been a strong advocate for America's Redrock Wilderness Act, protecting the Redrock Canyons of Southern Utah. In addition, she has served on the Governing Council of the Wilderness Society and is currently on the advisory board of the National Parks and Conservation Association, The Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
- Review of RED, entitled "Seeing Red," by Victoria Tilney McDonough, published in the Missoula Independent, western Montana's weekly journal, Vol. 13 No. 18, May 2, 2002.
- Review of RED, entitled "Natural Prayers," written by Donna Seaman, published in Ruminator Review, Winter 2001-2002.
SF Chronicle Review of RED, Sunday 12/2/01, by Andrew Roe, entitled "Rhapsody in Red: a naturalist's paean to Utah's rocky wilderness."
- Article entitled "Seeing RED," which contains a review of RED, an interview with Terry Tempest Williams, and information about America's Redrock Wilderness Act.
The article is written by Katherine Eastburn, published in the Colorado Springs Independent, October 11, 2001.
- Review of RED, entitled "Williams takes bold stand for the land in RED," written by Joanna Rose, and published in the Oregonian, September 23, 2001.
- Article in the Kansas City Star entitled "To singe our souls into action," about Terry Tempest Williams and the RED book tour event, from October 6, 2001. Includes the revised "Strike Moment" essay.
- Article entitled "Terry Tempest Williams: the Emerson of the West," by John Nzalowski, in the September, 2001, issue of Inside Outside Southwest, a regional magazine, published in Durango, Colorado.
- The essay "River Music," from RED, read by Terry Tempest Williams, is
contained on the CD "River Music, An Anthology of River Songs."
Article in the Christian Science Monitor, July 3, 2001, by Marilyn Gardner, entitled "Modern efficiency vs. one task at a time."
- Review of RED from Missoula Independent, Western Montana's Weekly Journal, entitled Seeing Red,
by Victoria Tilney McDonough, September 27, 2001.