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Art as Language: Meet Charlie Ciali, a Practicing Artist, Advocate and Educator

Art as Language: Meet Charlie Ciali, a Practicing Artist, Advocate and Educator

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  Victor Barocas

After years of exploring places around the globe as a flight attendant, Charlie Ciali traded in his wings for a more earthy exploration: ceramics.

He was a ceramicist who produced collectable pieces before becoming a Midwest gallery owner. Upon his arrival in the desert, Ciali reinvented himself as a...

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Western Lit: Short-Story Collection 'Snowblind' Uses Mountain-Climbing as a Theme

Western Lit: Short-Story Collection 'Snowblind' Uses Mountain-Climbing as a Theme

Friday, July 24, 2015  |  Kate Schimel

Snowblind , the first collection of short stories by veteran travel writer and alpinist Daniel Arnold, explores mountaineering and the power it holds over the people who pursue it.

Arnold’s characters are drawn irrevocably to the mountains they climb, and their obsession works strangely on their minds...

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Western Lit: A Doctor Confronts Her Grief in the Powerful, Award-Winning 'Tom Connor's Gift'

Western Lit: A Doctor Confronts Her Grief in the Powerful, Award-Winning 'Tom Connor's Gift'

Friday, July 17, 2015  |  Michelle Pulich Stewart

Montana-based author David Allan Cates plunges us into the raw grief of a recently widowed doctor in his latest novel, Tom Connor’s Gift .

Janine has walked off her shift in a Wisconsin emergency room and driven to a friend’s empty cabin in the Rocky Mountains to confront the emptiness of life without ...

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Western Lit: Thomas McGuane Returns to Short Stories With the Darkly Comedic 'Crow Fair'

Western Lit: Thomas McGuane Returns to Short Stories With the Darkly Comedic 'Crow Fair'

Tuesday, July 14, 2015  |  Traci J. Macnamara

Gripping beginnings are said to be a key to successful short stories—but it’s the endings in Thomas McGuane’s Crow Fair that make this collection stand out.

Punchy, surprising, nebulous and even shattering conclusions mark these stories, with finales that can be as spectacular as explosions. McGuane ha...

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Western Lit: 'Spare Parts' Tells the Incredible True Tale of a Mexican-American High School Robot-Building Team

Western Lit: 'Spare Parts' Tells the Incredible True Tale of a Mexican-American High School Robot-Building Team

Friday, July 10, 2015  |  Jenny Shank

In 2004, four low-income Mexican-American high school students from Phoenix built an ingenious robot for a science competition that pitted them against teams from top colleges, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The story sounds almost too “Hollywood” to be true, and in fact, it has...

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Western Lit: Novel 'The Jaguar’s Children' Tells the Tale of a Border Crossing Gone Wrong

Western Lit: Novel 'The Jaguar’s Children' Tells the Tale of a Border Crossing Gone Wrong

Friday, July 03, 2015  |  Michael Engelhard

John Vaillant, the Canadian author of The Tiger and The Golden Spruce —two nonfiction books that delved into the darker aspects of our relationship with nature—now delivers an unflinching novel, his first.

The Jaguar’s Children opens in the back of an empty water truck, where Hector, an undocumented immig...

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