Author William deBuys At Library Jan. 28

Author, conservationist, and environmental activist William deBuys. Courtesy photo


Author, conservationist, and environmental activist William deBuys is the featured author in Mesa Public Library’s ongoing Authors Speak series for January. He will talk at 7 p.m., Jan. 28 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave., in Los Alamos.

In recent months, deBuys has had two books published: The Last Unicorn, about his journey to find one of the earth’s rarest creatures, the saola; and the 30th anniversary edition of Enchantment and Exploitation: The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range. In a new final chapter deBuys examines ongoing transformations in the mountains’ natural systems–including, most notably, developments related to wildfires–with significant implications for both the land and the people who depend on it.

DeBuys is well-known locally for his activism on behalf of the Valles Caldera and as a writer on the topic of climate change. In each of his works, he draws the clear connection between humans and the land they live on.

His other books include A Great Aridness, Salt Dreams, and A River of Traps. His book Seeing Things Whole is about the life and work of John Wesley Powell. DeBuys writes and speaks on the topic of climate change, and is a frequent contributor to TomDispatch.

The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more.

The series is funded by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library System. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.