Billings Public Library will host author John Clayton to talk about his new book, Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands. The program will be at the Billings Public Library Community Room on Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm. The presentation is free and open to the public. This program is co-sponsored by The Writer’s Voice.
Natural Rivals explores how two very different, yet very influential men approached the question of American wild lands and how they should best be protected for generations to come. It is a dual biography of two of the most influential figures in America’s natural history—and the surprising legacy left by their dueling philosophies.
John Clayton is an independent author, journalist, and essayist based in Red Lodge. His book Natural Rivals: John Muir, Gifford Pinchot, and the Creation of America’s Public Lands, published by Pegasus Books in August 2019, was featured in the Wall Street Journal and on NPR’s “OnPoint”. John’s previous book, Wonderlandscape: Yellowstone National Park and the Evolution of an American Cultural Icon, published in 2017, was a Montana Book Award honor book and winner of the High Plains Book Award. John’s articles appear regularly in the Montana Quarterly, Big Sky Journal, and dozens of other publications.
For more information, please view the Billings Public Library website at https://billingslibrary.org or call 406-657-8290.