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Bruce Berger and James Anderson discuss their books and the desert
March 25, 2019 –
Monday March 25th 7:00 pm
Bruce Berger discusses his book
A Desert Harvest : New and Selected Essays
James Anderson discusses his two novels
The Never-Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road
A career-spanning collection of Bruce Berger’s beautiful, subtle, and spiky essays on the American desert
Occupying a space between traditional nature writing, memoir, journalism, and prose poetry, Bruce Berger’s essays are beautiful, subtle, and haunting meditations on the landscape and culture of the American Southwest. Combining new, unpublished essays with selections from his acclaimed trilogy of “desert books”―The Telling Distance, There Was a River, and Almost an Island―A Desert Harvest is a career-spanning selection of the best work by this unique and undervalued voice.
Wasteland architecture, mountaintop astronomy, Bach in the wilderness, the mind of the wood rat, the canals of Phoenix, and the numerous eccentric personalities who call the desert their home all come to life in these fascinating portraits of America’s seemingly desolate terrains.
JAMES ANDERSON was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Reed College, and received his MFA in creative writing from Pine Manor College. His novels are The Never-Open Desert Diner and Lullaby Road. His short fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in many magazines, including The Bloomsbury Review, New Letters, Solstice Magazine, and others. He currently divides his time between Colorado and Oregon.
Ben Jones is an honorable but down-on-his luck truck driver on a lonely lonely Utah highway. His life takes a sudden turn into violence, mystery, and longing upon finding a beautiful woman playing a cello in an isolated house in the high desert.
Winter has come to Route 117, a remote road through the high desert of Utah trafficked only by eccentrics, fugitives, and those looking to escape the world. Local truck driver Ben Jones, still in mourning over a heartbreaking loss, is just trying to get through another season of treacherous roads and sudden snowfall without an accident. But then he finds a mute Hispanic child who has been abandoned at a seedy truck stop along his route, far from civilization and bearing a note that simply reads " Please Ben. Watch my son. His name is Juan" And then at the bottom, a few more hastily scribbled words."Bad Trouble. Tell no one.."