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Deanne Stillman’s latest book is the “Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History,” ...


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Does a Bear Vote in the Woods?

Why Sarah Palin is no grizzly and how she and her sister travelers will wipe out the real thing.

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Reconstructing Los Angeles: A Journey to the Other Side of L.A.

There are certain places that are still empty enough to give us a second chance, even as the empire of Los Angeles moves ever onward, making a reverse exodus into the region’s last frontier.

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Riding the Milky Way in Tucson

A couple of days after I arrived in Tucson, there came a party invitation. The public was invited to the top of Mount Lemmon for a viewing of the annual Perseid showers, a breathtaking display of shooting stars. While I generally brake for sand, I also hit the road for star parties.

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We All Live on Turtle Island

When speaking of the natural world, for good reason we often turn to Native American myth. Turtle carries the world on its back is what many of these myths tell us; we are all citizens on turtle island.

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The War Against the Horse

It is a sad fact of American life that horse killing is not an anomaly. In fact, such episodes have been playing out across our land for decades.

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Deanne Stillman
Deanne Stillman
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Deanne Stillman’s latest book is the “Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History,”  based on her Rolling Stone article, “The Great Mojave Manhunt,” which was a finalist for a PEN journalism award and appears in “Best American Crime Writing 2006.” Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a beautifully written, humane book” and Kirkus Reviews describes it as “lyrical and intense.” In addition, Rolling Stone has named it as a “must-read for the summer.”

In addition, she has written the widely acclaimed “Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse in the American West,” a Los Angeles Times “Best Book of ‘08,” winner of the California Book Award silver medal for nonfiction, and recipient of great reviews in the Atlantic Monthly, Economist, Orion, NPR’s On Point, and may other publications. A chapter of “Mustang” is currently in development for a film starring Wendie Malick. 

Deanne is also author of “Twentynine Palms: A True Story of Murder, Marines, and the Mojave,” which Hunter Thompson called “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” It was an L.A. Times bestseller and “Best Book ’01,” is included in college literary nonfiction courses around the country and is now out in a new, updated edition. 

Deanne’s work is widely anthologized, and her plays have won prizes in festivals around the country. She is a member of the core faculty at the UC Riverside-Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Creative Writing Program.

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