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Scott Thybony

September 24, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Disappearances : A Story of Exploration, Murder, and Mystery in the American West

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Scott ThybonyScott Thybony draws from his latest book to present a story of exploration, murder, and mystery set in the Four Corners country during the 1930s.  He includes readings from The Disappearances and historic photographs to recount the struggles of a girl in search of her father, the mystery of a Los Angeles artist in search of beauty (the festival’s namesake – Everett Ruess), and the explorations of a scientist seeking ancient cliff dwellings.  All were young, all went missing and were feared lost, and all three incidents unfolded at the same moment of time in the tangle of canyons and slickrock expanses of Utah.

Scott Thybony has covered the American West on assignments for magazines such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Outside.  His books include Burntwater and The Canyon Country, while his stories regularly air on Arizona Public Radio.  To use food as biography, he has eaten tamales made with blue corn and ash after dancing with the Yellow Clowns during a Hopi ceremony, deep-fried Rocky Mountain oysters after a morning of branding cattle, and cold mutton stew with Navajo medicine men.  For more information on Scott and his work visit this site.


September 24, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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