CityViews 10/02/12: An Unvarnished View of Westward Expansion/The West in Contemporary Writing



Segment 1:

The prospect of California gold compelled a quarter of a million travelers to venture west in search of riches and adventure. But, as historian Will Bagley notes, it wasn’t all heroism. A lot of heartache and sacrifice accompanied the westward migration and the gold rush had a disastrous effect on America’s Native peoples. On Tuesday, we’ll speak with Bagley about how the migration transformed the American West for good and ill.


  • Will Bagley, historian

Will Bagley presents a reading and book signing of “With Golden Visions Bright Before Them” on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City.




Segment 2:

Following in the footsteps of Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and Willa Cather, a new generation of writers is embracing the rugged Western landscape in their writing and they’ve found a local press which shares their passion. On Tuesday, we learn about the Torrey House Press and writing in the new West.


  • Erica Olsen, “Recapture & Other Stories”
  • Kirsten Allen, Torrey House Press

A panel discussion featuring Utah authors Maximilian Werner, Steven Peck, Barbara Richardson and Erica Olsen will be held on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. at The King’s English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City. The discussion will address the role of Western landscapes in their writing and lives.

  1. Barbara Richardson

    So nice to hear literature discussed on the air! Thanks, KCPW.