The March selection for the KZMU Book Club is “Open Midnight: Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet”, by Castle Valley resident, author Brooke Williams. Back of Beyond Books’ Andy Nettel and Christy Williams Dunton talk about the book along with selected comments by Brooke from the live reading he gave at the Book’s debut in late February. The book, published by Trinity University Press, is a memoir of wilderness, metaphysical transformation, ancestral immigration, and Charles Darwin.
Open Midnight weaves two parallel stories about the great wilderness—Brooke Williams’s year alone with his dog, ground truthing backcountry maps of southern Utah, and that of his great-great-great-grandfather, William Williams, who in 1863 made his way with a group of Mormons from England across the ocean and the American wild almost to Utah, dying a week short. The story follows two levels of history—personal, as represented by his forbear, and collective, as represented by Charles Darwin, who lived in Shrewsbury, England, at about the same time as William Williams.
It is a complex work, and a worthy read.
This Week In Moab heralds both Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day. KZMU honors that history, and the power of women through the lens of a film featured at Moab’s 4th Annual International Film Festival also happening this week. ‘She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” is a documentary produced by Mary Dore, who flew to Moab for the screening. She spoke to Christy about the making of the film, intersectional feminism in the age of the Trump administration, and the recurring themes surveyed from the 60’s to present day.