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Betsy Gaines Quammen, True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America
Betsy Gaines Quammen, True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America

Tue, Nov 07


Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Betsy Gaines Quammen, True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America

“People think they ‘know’ the West but they’re usually wrong, that’s because there’s no region of our country more steeped in fallacy, fake news, and fable. "True West", disentangles reality from centuries of myth and mystique." —Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Thunder

Date, Time & Location

Nov 07, 2023, 6:00 PM MST

Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

About the Event

Betsy will be in conversation with Santa Fe filmmaker Gay Dillingham (Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary) and writer/producer Kirk Ellis (John Adams,  Emmy-nominated Into the West and the Emmy Award–winning Anne Frank: The Whole Story.)

This will be an in-store event and will be live streamed to Zoom, register here for Zoom.

Copies of True West ($19.95, hardcover) can be purchased online from CW here or by calling the store to order (505) 988-4226. Signed copies will be available after the event.

From the Northern Rockies to the Southwest deserts, Betsy Gaines Quammen explores how myths shape our identities, heighten polarizations, and fracture our shared understanding of the world around us. As she investigates the origins and effects of myths of the American West, Gaines Quammen travels through small towns and big cities, engaging people and building relationships at every stop. 

Misperceptions about land, politics, liberty, and self-determination threaten the well-being of people and communities across the country, and Gaines Quammen interrogates it all as she seeks to reconcile the anger and misunderstandings that continue to be fueled by the West’s enduring myths and complex history. Whether sitting down with a militia member seeking to protect his rural Utah town from Antifa or talking with grassroots organizers working across ideological divides, Gaines Quammen brings to life connections and contradictions that shape our politics and our lives far beyond the West.

About the Author

Betsy Gaines Quammen is a historian and writer who examines the intersections of extremism, public lands, wildlife, and western communities. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, and the History News Network. She received a PhD in history from Montana State University and an MS in environmental studies from University of Montana. Betsy is the author of American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God, and Public Lands in the West and lives in Bozeman, Montana, with her husband, writer David Quammen.

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