Betsy Gaines Quammen and “True West”

Tue, Nov 30th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

6:00pm - 7:00pm

December 2021

The Community Library

415 Spruce Ave, Sun Valley, ID 83353, USA

The Community Library

Betsy Gaines Quammen, environmental historian and writer will be The Community Library’s Hemingway Writer-In-Residence in November, working at the historic Ernest and Mary Hemingway House and Preserve. She is the author of “American Zion: Cliven Bundy, God and Public Lands in the West.” While in residency, Betsy will be working on her forthcoming book, “True West: Sorting Realities on the Far Side of America.”

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Betsy Gaines Quammen is a historian and conservationist. She received a doctorate in Environmental History from Montana State University in 2017, her dissertation focusing on Mormon settlement and public land conflicts. She has studied various religious traditions over the years, with particular attention to how cultures view landscape and wildlife. The rural American West, pastoral communities of northern Mongolia, and the grasslands of East Africa have been her main areas of interest. After college in Colorado, caretaking for a bed and breakfast in Mosier, Oregon, and serving breakfasts at a cafe in Kanab, Utah, Betsy settled in Bozeman, Montana, where she now lives with her husband, writer David Quammen, three huge dogs, an overweight cat, and a pretty big python named Boots. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, New York Daily News, and the History News Network.

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