Tom Zoellner made the news in Phoenix over the weekend, in this interview in The Arizona Republic (note: link is for subscribers only). The author of Rim to River: Looking into the Heart of Arizona described his home state as “a marvelous jumble” in the article.
Zoellner said his relationship with Arizona is complicated: “I’ve had a long argument with Arizona. Understanding the beauty of it and the intriguing people that live there, but also lamenting the reckless way that the cities have grown, a kind of thoughtless sense of what really makes a community and of course the dysfunctional politics and the way that we hand the keys over to anyone who comes in with a pile of money and an idea.”
In Southern Arizona, the author shared tales inspired by the Arizona Trail at two events last Friday. He spoke at La Posada in Green Valley at a special outdoor event for La Posada residents and Friends of the Tucson Festival of Books.
In the evening, Zoellner celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at the Triangle L Art Ranch in Oracle, Arizona. After a delicious Irish dinner of corn beef and cabbage, carrots and potatoes, he told stories that didn’t quite make it into the book. He answered readers’ questions and signed books, too.
Zoellner will be speaking at more events this week across Arizona:
Tuesday, March 21, 5:30 p.m at Bright Side Bookshop in Flagstaff
Wednesday, March 22, 6 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix
Thursday, March 23, 11 a.m. at The Madaras Gallery in Tucson
Thursday, March 23, 3 p.m. at Joyner-Green Valley Library in Green Valley
Saturday, March 25, 11:30 a.m. at Arizona Historical Society in Tucson