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An Isolated Tower In The Gila National Forest

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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. 

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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.