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2021 Arizona Author Series: Lesley Poling-Kempes “Ladies of the Canyons: A Storytelling Journey”

2021 Arizona Author Series: Lesley Poling-Kempes “Ladies of the Canyons: A Storytelling Journey”

Lesley Poling-Kempes will present a talk, "Ladies of the Canyons: A Storytelling Journey" as part of the State of Arizona Research Library’s 2021 Arizona Author Series. The talk is at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 23rd, and will be held virtually on Zoom. Attendees are encouraged to register below to receive the link to the presentation. After the talk, there will be time for questions from the audience.

Author and historian Lesley Poling-Kempes will show historic photos and discuss the research journey of discovery that became her celebrated book, Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women & their Adventures in the American Southwest (UA Press 2015). Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world. Educated and restless, mischief-makers, heroines, and epic-builders. These words describe a circle of women whose influence and impact in the American Southwest in the early 20th century have largely been left out of the pages of history. Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Mary Cabot Wheelwright, and Louisa Wade Wetherill, to name a few. 

Lesley Poling-Kempes is the award winning author of seven fiction and nonfiction books about the American Southwest. In 2020 her work received the Harris Award for outstanding contribution to the understanding of the people, culture, and history of the American West. Her books include “Bone Horses” winner of the WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction and the Tony Hillerman Award; “The Harvey Girls: Women Who Opened the West,” Zia Award winner, and “Canyon of Remembering” Western Writers of America Spur Award finalist for Best First Novel. “Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women & Their Adventures in the American Southwest” won the 2016 Reading the West Book Award, the WILLA Literary Award, the Southwest Book Award, the Silver Medal for US History from the Independent Publishers Association, and the Border Book Award.  Lesley lives in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

This event is part of the 2021 Arizona Author Series. This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Arizona Center for the Book, a Library of Congress Center for the Book Affiliate.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Time (MST):
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Time Zone:
Arizona Time (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Registration has closed.

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