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A Season with Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau

by Craig Childs





“Few writers can better express the strange vitality of desert landscapes than Childs, as this brief but memorable trek through the American Southwest proves. Childs makes surprising, even paradoxical, observations throughout. The Southwestern panorama unfolding over the course of this beautiful book will stay with readers long after they close the pages.”
—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

“Love songs earned in a life lived close to the wild.”
ALISON HAWTHORNE DEMING, author of Zoologies: On Animals & the Human Spirit

“Craig Childs takes us not only through the external landscapes of the huge and wondrous; he takes us into and through himself.”
—MARY SOJOURNER, author of The Talker and 29

“A desert koan, Childs’ latest is still and restive, full of unresolved pairings and brilliantly so. His 1,000-watt prose is as alive as the heat that makes the Mojave tick.”
—ELIZABETH RUSH, author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore



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Craig Childs has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including The Secret Knowledge of Water, Atlas of a Lost World, and his most recent Virga & Bone. He is a contributing editor at Adventure Journal Quarterly and his work has appeared in the Atlantic, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. He lives in southwest Colorado.


Craig Childs bears witness to rock art of the Colorado Plateau—bighorn sheep pecked behind boulders, tiny spirals in stone, human figures with upraised arms shifting with the desert light, each one a portal to the open mouth of time. With a spirit of generosity, humility, and love of the arid, intricate landscapes of the desert Southwest, Childs sets these ancient communications in context, inviting readers to look and listen deeply.

February 2022 | Nonfiction | 978-1-948814-57-7 | $16.95 | 200 pp