A recap of the books I read in 2022.
A conversation with Boyce Upholt, a freelance journalist based in New Orleans. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, The Atlantic, and Mother Jones, among other outlets, and he received the 2019 James Beard Award for investigative journalism for his feature story in The New Republic about the farm chemical dicamba. His forthcoming book about the Mississippi River will be published by W.W. Norton.
Today’s episode is a little different and features short conversations with several authors about their most recent book and involvement with the 2021 Boerne Book & Arts Festival. For those that don’t know, Boerne is a beautiful bedroom community just north of San Antonio, Texas, and the book festival takes place each year on Main Plaza on the first Saturday in October. This year’s event featured authors such as John Erickson and James Wade, as well as author panels with topics such as Heroines of WWII, Texas Ranches and Texas Rangers, and Early Roads and the Old Spanish Trail.
A conversation with the artist and author David Allen Sibley. David is a giant in the world of birding and is perhaps best known for his eponymous "Sibley Guide to Birds." His most recent book is "What It's Like to Be a Bird."
A conversation with the poet and writer Leah Naomi Green. Leah's most recent book is "The More Extravagant Feast" and she is the recipient of the 2021 Lucille Clifton Legacy Award.
Terry Tempest Williams is a writer, a teacher, a naturalist, and environmentalist. Terry is a force of nature and views and voice are needed now, more than ever.
Todd Davis and Noah Davis are both published poets, men sensitive to the land and our home ground. They are also father and son, which made for a fascinating and engaging discussion.
Rick Bass is a prolific writer of essays, short stories, and long form fiction, many of them about nature and his adopted home in the Yaak Valley. Rick is also an outspoken environmental activist. His most recent book is called, "The Traveling Feast: On the Road and at the Table with My Heroes."
It goes without saying that 2020 was a weird year for all of us but in many ways, it allowed me the time to read a lot more than I have in most years previously. The launch of The Deckle Edge Podcast helped too, as I try and read everything I can the author has … Continue reading 2020 Books Read in Review
The Deckle Edge blog has primarily been a place for me to write book reviews and that won’t change. But I also love documentaries, the recent one titled Unnur, by Chris Burkard being an excellent example. The short film, set in Iceland, follows the lives of Elli Thor Magnusson, “an Icelandic photographer, surfer, and former … Continue reading Unnur, a film by Chris Burkhard