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Together Apart Together Apart is an Orion web series of letters from isolation. The third conversation is a series of emails between Pulitzer Prize finalist author William deBuys (A Great Aridness, The Last Unicorn, The Walk) and bestselling author and fly-fisherman David James Duncan (The Brothers K, The River Why, My Story as Told by Water). April, 2020.

Mountain and Prairie

William deBuys – Sage of the SouthwestMountain and Prairie’s podcast interview of William deBuys, renowned writer and conservationist, who is known as one of the most influential thinkers in the modern-day American West. October, 2019.

The New York Times

The ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ Crowd Wants Access to this Arctic Reserve’ July 18, 2019

The New Mexico Historical Review

Publishing a Southwestern Classic: Enchantment and Exploitation by William deBuys, by Elizabeth Hadas in the New Mexico Historical Review, Volume 90, Number 4, Fall 2015

Science Magazine

Review of The Last Unicorn by David W. Redding. “Part action adventure, part an exploration of loss, this book is a journey for both the heart and the mind.”

The Washington Post

Review of The Last Unicorn by Dennis Drabelle.“DeBuys is an evocative writer. Here he is noting the rapid arrival of the tropical sunset: “Close to the equator, night descends like a curtain in a theater. There is no leisure in the sunset. One minute you bask in yellow light, the next you barely see your hand.”

The New York Times

A review ofThe Last Unicorn by Emily Anthes. “The Last Unicorn is an adventure tale and a meditation, an evocative read that makes clear why wild places matter and how difficult it will be to save them.”

Plateau Advocate

An essay, Sticking It Out, in the magazine of the Grand Canyon Trust. “The problem of nativeness touches us all, and it touches the land, too.”

Saola Working Group

Read the Saola Working Group 2014 Annual Report [pdf]

The Huffington Post

Review of The Last Unicorn by Evaggelos Vallianatos : “The book is extremely important and reads like a novel.”

The Christian Science Monitor

Review of The Last Unicorn by Nick Romeo: “DeBuys paints the disappearing landscapes of his journey with beautiful and evocative prose.”


Review of The Last Unicorn by Carson Vaughan: “…it’s fortunate that a first-hand account of such a unique voyage exists. That’s written by a storyteller as commanding and reflective as William deBuys, well, that’s just plain lucky.”


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Sept 5-9, 2020

Gates of Lodor Writer’s Workshop Freeflow Institute’s five-day exploration of the Green River’s Gates of Lodore, focused on observing, synthesizing, and writing about change. Hosted by celebrated author and writing instructor, conservationist, and Pulitzer Prize finalist William deBuys.

August 9, 2020

Collected Works Bookstore has been near and dear to my heart for many years. Now, Santa Fe’s favorite independent bookstore needs our support. On Sunday, August 9, 5:00–6:30pm, 23 of us will gather on Zoom for a virtual literary event, KEEP THE PAGES TURNING AT COLLECTED WORKS BOOKSTORE.Tickets for the 90-minute celebration are $15.00 and $5.00 for students, and you have an opportunity to ADOPT A SECTION for $250+ which will give you access to the event, as well as a signed or inscribed copy of the book/s, by the author/s representing that section.

You can get your tickets to KEEP THE PAGES TURNING AT COLLECTED WORKS BOOKSTORE here: https://www.collectedworksbookstore.com/ktpt

Jun 25, 2020

Fire Ghosts Online Event
Patrica Galagan will be in conversation with essayists William deBuys, Craig D. Allen and curator of photography at the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art, Katherine Ware and Ernie Atencio, regional director of National Parks and Conservation Association (co-sponsors of the event) about Patricia Galagan and Philip Metcalf’s book, Fire Ghosts.

Sept 12-14, 2019

3rd Annual Taos Writer’s Festival One-Day Intensives include
William deBuys on The Writer’s Toolbox.

Sept 30-Oct 7, 2018

Legacies of Spanish and Native American Heritages in New Mexico, A New York Times Journey. William deBuys is this Journey’s Times-selected expert.

August 12-19, 2018

Legacies of Spanish and Native American Heritages in New Mexico, A New York Times Journey. William deBuys is this Journey’s Times-selected expert.

Oct 1-8, 2017

Legacies of Spanish and Native American Heritages in New Mexico, A New York Times Journey. William deBuys is this Journey’s Times-selected expert.

Sept 20, 2017

First Impressions book signing at Bookworks, Albuquerque, 6 pm

Sept 19, 2017

First Impressions book signing at Collected Works, Santa Fe

Sept 18, 2017

A conversation about First Impressions with Barbara Bernstein on KBOO, Portland Oregon.

Sept 15, 2017

The 2017 Governor’s Arts Awards Ceremony, at 5:15 pm at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe. The 2017 awards recipients are Bayou Seco, William deBuys, Gustavo Victor Goler, Russell Sanchez, William (Will) Wilson, Helen R. Lucero, and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. The ceremony is preceded by an afternoon reception and exhibition opening, 3:30–4:30 pm, in the Governor’s Gallery at the State Capitol. Both the awards ceremony and gallery reception are free and open to the public.

Aug 29, 2017

First Impressions publication by Yale University Press

Oct 28, 2015 @ 12-1 pm EST

Presentation to Yale Southeast Asian Studies group, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Oct 28, 2015 @ 3pm EST

Booksigning at Yale Bookstore, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Oct 10, 2015 @ 10am-6pm PST

Booksigning at the Wildlife Conservation Expo 2015, sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Network, Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA. In addition to the signing, William Robichaud will be speaking at 11:30.

Aug 12, 2015,7 pm MST

A reading with John Nichols, author of of over 19 books including The Milagro Beanfield Wars, at The Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, NM sponsored by SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest)

June 19, 2015, 5:30-7:30 pm MST

Reading and book signing – The New Mexico History Museum

May 25, 2015 @ 11 am EST

Interview with Jane Clayson on WBUR’s “On Point”

April 10, 2015 @ 7 pm

Reading – University of Montana Visiting Writer Series