Schedule: Sunday, Sept 25

No festival headquarters on Sunday.



Brunch with writer Philip Connors, author of Fire Season.

10:30 a.m.–noon.

WNMU Light Hall Patio & Gardens

Fee: GCC members: $50/individual; $75/couple

GCC non-members: $60/individual; $85/couple

Registration required.

Enjoy a lovely brunch at the newly completed WNMU Light Hall Patio & Gardens, and listen as writer Philip Connors explores the meaning of the Gila River in the history of American conservation at a time when it faces enormous new threats.

Philip Connors has spent fourteen summers living as a seasonal caretaker on publicly owned land in the Gila National Forest, keeping watch from a fire tower, an experience that has given him ample time to reflect on the meaning and the promise of wild federal land, as well as its durability and fragility as a political idea. He will remind us of how the Gila Wilderness grew out of an impulse to protect wild places from the threat of development, and make the case for preserving the free-fl owing Gila River as a way of honoring the original intent of the Gila Wilderness, as envisioned by Aldo Leopold. He will also scan the future for a glimpse of how the “world’s first wilderness” and its riparian heart will continue to accrue and evolve meaning in a changing climate on a crowded planet.

Philip Connors is the author of Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Reading the West Award for nonfiction, and the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Competition. His second book, All the Wrong Places, tells the story of his brother’s untimely death, and of how he found solace and a renewed sense of purpose in the high country of the Gila. His essays and articles have appeared in Harper’s, Orion, the Nation, the New York Times Magazine, and many other papers and magazines.