High Plains Book Award winner John Clayton will deliver an illustrated lecture from his book Wonderlandscape at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 hosted in Grizzly Hall at the Park County Public Library in Cody.
Prior to the reading, the Northwest College Cody Center will host a reception with the author from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. (The Cody Center is located on the second floor of the Park County Complex.)
Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon offers a new perspective on our nation’s 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. As Clayton explains it, “The story of Yellowstone is the story of what America wants from Yellowstone.”
The Montana-based essayist, journalist, and author has written for 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.
Clayton’s new book, “Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot,” and the Birth of Public Lands will be published by Pegasus Books in August 2019.
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.