High Plains Book Award winner John Clayton will deliver an illustrated lecture from his book “Wonderlandscape” Tuesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. in Grizzly Hall at the Park County Public Library in Cody.
Before the reading, the Northwest College Cody Center, also located in the Park County Complex, will host a reception for the author from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
“Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon” offers a new perspective on the first national park. Through a detailed account of the park’s cultural history, readers see how the values of the era shape and redefine the park for each generation.
The Montana-based writer’s work regularly appears in Montana Quarterly, Big Sky Journal and dozens of other publications. Previous books include “Stories from Montana’s Enduring Frontier” and “The Cowboy Girl: The Life of Caroline Lockhart.”
One of Clayton’s major previous works, “The Cowboy Girl,” chronicled the life of Montana/Wyoming novelist, journalist and homesteader Caroline Lockhart. His first book, “Small Town Bound,” was featured in Time and Harper’s magazines and on the Today and Oprah Winfrey shows.
A graduate of Williams College, Clayton has contributed to several other books including a photographic history of Red Lodge. He’s taught at Montana State University Billings and Rocky Mountain College and served on the advisory board for the Montana Center for the Book.
His new book, “Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Birth of Public Lands” will be published by Pegasus Books in August 2019.
In Clayton’s free time, he enjoys basketball, hiking, telemark skiing, home brewing and reading. He currently lives in a small town in central Montana.
This event is part of the Northwest College Writers Series. Clayton’s talk is funded by grants from ThinkWY Wyoming Humanities and the Northwest College Foundation and a partnership with the Park County Public Library.
For Northwest College’s full calendar of events, visit http://nwc.edu/events.