READING & SIGNING: William Wyckoff - How to Read the American West

From deserts to ghost towns, from national forests to California bungalows, many of the features of the western American landscape are well known to residents and travelers alike. But in How to Read the American West (University of Washington Press), William Wyckoff introduces readers anew to these familiar landscapes. A geographer and an accomplished photographer, Wyckoff offers a fresh perspective on the natural and human history of the American West and encourages readers to discover that history has shaped the places where people live, work, and visit.

Join us for a reading and book signing with William WyKoff on Wednesday, October 29, from 6:30 - 8 pm.


"If you want to get the most out of How to Read the American West, please wander its pages in a spirit of play, much as you would the landscape itself.... Once you can identify the various features that William Wyckoff puts before you in these pages, you'll be well on your way to reading the western landscape for yourself, with endless stories waiting to be discovered wherever you look."
-William Cronon, From the foreword

"Creative, thoughtful, and compelling, How to Read the American West makes the reader think in new ways about the everyday landscape. It shows a deep and thoughtful knowledge of the diversity of the West, and the engaging 'eye' at work throughout is both trustworthy and provocative. While most books ask you to engage primarily with the book, this book gets readers to engage with the landscape itself. The author has true expertise, but rather than providing all the answers and connections, he pushes readers to develop their own expertise and command of western landscapes."
-Kathryn Morse, author of The Nature of Gold


A native of Southern California, Bill now makes his home in Bozeman, Montana where he is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. Other book projects that have focused on the western landscape include a re-photographic survey of Montana (On the Road Again: Montana's Changing Landscape (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006)) and a historical geography of Colorado (Creating Colorado: The Making of a Western Landscape, 1860-1940 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999)). With three coauthors, Bill also writes a college textbook in world regional geography (published by Pearson) entitled Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 6:30pm