Day 22: Countdown to Publication Giveaway: Becca Lawton, Junction, Utah
Day 22 winners, I’m not going to lie, I’m biased about this author. I fell in love with her words almost 10 years ago and then was lucky enough to be able to call her my friend. Her words are both gorgeous, and deep, like the rivers she writes about. I always put down her work and think about it for years to come.
Question of the Day: Please name the novel with the word “river” in it that is a semi-autobiographical series of stories by its author, and which was made into a movie starring Brad Pitt.
About Junction, Utah
River guide Madeline Kruse has always had the nomadic river life rather than a settled home. In early 2003, she’s on the run from the long-running pain of a missing father and critically ill mother trying to save the world. Madeline’s wandering takes her to northeastern Utah, a corner of the West time has passed over and left stunningly beautiful wilderness, rivers to run, and room to breathe. In the tiny town of Junction, she meets alfalfa farmer Chris Sorensen, whose family has split apart since September 11 and the enlistment of his brother in the U.S. Marines. Through Chris and a drama taking place deep in the Utah backcountry, Madeline learns that the canyons she loves are more threatened than she knew, and she must overcome many obstacles if she is to find peace and her place by the river.
About Becca Lawton:
Rebecca Lawton is an author and naturalist whose essays, poems, and stories have been published in Orion, Sierra, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Shenandoah, Standing Wave, THEMA, the acorn, More, and other magazines. She has received the Ellen Meloy Fund Award for Desert Writers, the Redwood Writers Award for Poetry, and other honors. She has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes—in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Becca was among the first women whitewater guides on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon and on other runs around the West. Her essay collection on rivers and the guiding culture,Reading Water: Lessons from the River (Capital), was a San Francisco ChronicleBestseller and ForeWord Nature Book of the Year finalist.
Currently she is collaborating with Geoff Fricker, photographer, on a book about the Sacramento River and California water projects for Heyday Books. Sacrament will be released in late 2013. She is also writing a short story collection, What I Never Told You: Stories on Water.