It’s official: My first book has been released! Blow Sand in His Soul: Bates Wilson, the Heart of Canyonlands is now on bookshelves and online. The 170-page biography is richly illustrated with photographs, correspondence, news clippings and more, giving the reader both a visual and descriptive window onto the life of an extraordinary man – a man who forever changed the course of Canyon Country’s future.
Full distribution will occur by mid-summer, with most outlets in the Four Corners region (including independent booksellers in Moab, Durango, Salt Lake City, Grand Junction and more). For those not currently within walking distance of a regional retailer, the book is available online through both Canyonlands Natural History Association and Back of Beyond Books. Click on either of the links or the book image to direct yourself to a purchase page.
Here’s a little about the book, from the back cover:
Bates Wilson was a force of nature, like a river. Or a flash flood. And the course he carved through the desert landscape is still apparent today. Though he never received a high school diploma, Bates became one of the most respected men in the National Park Service. Canyonlands National Park today stands as a testament to his singular love of place, his ability to transcend political partisanship, and his damned good dutch oven cooking. Anyone who ate with Bates in Canyon Country was made a believer in its worth and beauty. Anyone who ate with Bates became his friend.
He was admired by a certain young ranger named Edward Abbey, and developed a life-long friendship with Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall. This is the man responsible for the enduring wildness of the Needles, Maze and Island in the Sky. This cowboy-cum-diplomat is the Father of Canyonlands.