Fri, Nov 04|
Collected Works Bookstore
Ted Conover, Cheap Land Colorado: Off-Gridders at America's Edge
Ted will be in conversation with author Hampton Sides. Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author, Ted Conover’s latest work is a fascinating portrait of a group of Americans living off-grid in Colorado’s enormous San Luis Valley.
Date, Time & Location
Nov 04, 2022, 6:00 PM MDT
Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
About the Event
This will be an in-store presentation and we will also live stream the evening on Zoom, please register to watch here.
Publishing November 1, you can pre-order Cheap Land Colorado online here or by calling the store (505) 988-4226
In May 2017, Ted Conover went to Colorado to explore firsthand a rural way of life that is about living cheaply, on your own land—and keeping clear of the mainstream. The failed subdivisions of the enormous San Luis Valley make this possible. Five-acre lots on the high prairie can be had for five thousand dollars, sometimes less. Conover volunteered for a local group trying to prevent homelessness during the bitter winters. He encountered an unexpected diversity: veterans with PTSD, families homeschooling, addicts young and old, gay people, people of color, lovers of guns and marijuana, people with social anxiety—most of them spurning charity and aiming, and sometimes failing, to be self-sufficient. And more than a few predicting they’ll be the last ones standing when society collapses. Conover bought his own five acres and immersed himself for parts of four years in the often contentious culture of the far margins. He found many who dislike the government but depend on its subsidies; who love their space but nevertheless find themselves in each other’s business; who are generous but wary of thieves; who endure squalor but appreciate beauty. In their struggles to survive and get along, they tell us about an America riven by difference where the edges speak more and more loudly to the mainstream.
About the Authors
Ted Conover is the author of several books, including Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and National Geographic. He is a professor at, and the former director of, New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Hampton Sides is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. He is an acclaimed journalist and the author of the bestselling histories Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound On His Trail, In the Kingdom of Ice, and, most recently, On Desperate Ground.