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An Isolated Tower In The Gila National Forest


In 2011, writer Philip Connors recounted his experiences as a wilderness lookout in southwestern New Mexico in the award-winning field narrative, Fire Season.  In a new memoir, All the Wrong Places, A Life Lost and  Found, published this month by Norton, Connors reveals the family tragedy that set him on a journey of  discovery and introspection that eventually led to the solace of that 50-foot tower.   Connors signs copies of the new book on February 19 at Bookworks in Albuquerque and on February 20 at Collected Works in Santa Fe. 

In this longer version of the conversation, Philip Connors talks about how the process of writing about his family tragedy, and sharing it with readers, helped give some narrative sense to a shapeless experience.

Spencer Beckwith reports on the arts for KUNM. For ten years, until March of 2014, Spencer was the producer and host of KUNM's "Performance New Mexico," a weekday morning arts program that included interviews with musicians, writers and performers. Spencer is a graduate of the acting program at the Juilliard School, and, before moving to New Mexico in 2002, was for many years a professional actor based in New York City.