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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wednesday, Sept 19 Deanne Stillman

Tonight at 8 PM on Bibliocracy:  DEANNE STILLMAN has made a name for herself as an exemplary nonfiction writer, a kind of crime beat reporter meets existential investigator of the dark side of society, of outlaw culture, and of recent history, with a focus on the American West.  In Twenty Nine Palms she told the story of murder by a Marine, and in Mustang she examined the slaughter of wild horses and efforts to save them.  Both were award-winning and attention-getting books.  In her new Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History, Deanne Stillman expands her original Rolling Stone magazine take-apart of the killing of a beloved sheriff in the Antelope Valley by an eccentric and violent drop-out but of course what she really does is take apart the impossibly larger, more complex and nearly mythic story of place, violence, escape and something people call the nightmare part of the American dream.  Deanne Stillman writes for and teaches at UC Riverside Palm Desert and has also been an intrepid activist for wild horses and the desert ecosystem.  For more on the book: Thanks for listening.  

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