This year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of a once very famous Utah native. Today, though, the name Bernard DeVoto may not be familiar to you. Indeed, few people inside of his native state really know the story of DeVoto and the significant role he and his wife Avis played in thwarting plans to dismantle America’s conservation legacy.
A new biography entitled “This America of Ours: Bernard and Avis DeVoto and the Forgotten Fight to Save the Wild” chronicles the significant victories for western public lands that the Devotos won. It’s also an intimate portrait of a brilliant literary power couple who had an outsized influence on the nation at large.
Nate Schweber, journalist
Thanks to Salt Lake City’s historic Alta Club for hosting this live event
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