2 pm | SATURDAY, MAY 13
Indie Awards finalist, Eric Dieterle will be at the Peregrine to discuss his newest book of essays, Where the Wind Dreams of Staying: Searching for Purpose and Place in the West. High Country News recommended Dieterle's book among the best titles for nonfiction in 2016.
About the Book
In his powerful memoir Where the Wind Dreams of Staying, Eric Dieterle captures the emotional storms of a boy, and then a man, who seeks meaning in a place, or a place with meaning. His restless search for purpose and identity in the American West moves through cycles of success and failure, love and loss.
Dieterle’s journey leads from the plateaus of eastern Washington through the landscapes of seven states, ending in the shadow of the San Francisco peaks in northern Arizona. In a series of interwoven essays, readers will find rich, detailed explorations of western landscapes, balanced with stories of personal reflection, determination, doubt, and fulfillment. Along the way, Dieterle grapples with anxiety and depression, substance abuse, and failed relationships. The interior life of the author is tightly bound to the external landscapes, ecosystems, and ecologies, so that person and place become lost in one another.
Ultimately a story of resilience, Where the Wind Dreams of Staying is a lyrical tribute to the richly varied landscapes and lifestyles of the inland West. It will be welcomed by readers of environmental literature and personal memoir, and anyone who has struggled against the odds in pursuit of a balanced life.
Part reflection on nature, part travelogue and part memoir, “Where the Wind Dreams of Staying,” Eric Dieterle captures the emotional turmoil of his boyhood and into his adulthood as he seeks meaning in a place, or a place with meaning.
The Flagstaff-based author’s journey moves from the plateaus of eastern Washington through the landscapes of other Western states, ultimately ending in the shadow of the San Francisco Peaks.
The author integrates a series of essays, with titles such as “Atoms in the Sand,” “River of Wind” and “Virgin Territory.” The last essay, “Unpacking What Cannot Be Saved,” even includes Dieterle’s personal story of evacuating during the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon.
The writing and exploration of Dieterle finds intrigue in both the internal and external worlds, as he tried to not only find a sense of place but a sense of self through his essays. He grapples with anxiety and depression, substance abuse and failed relationships.
It files beautifully in the realm of environmental literature, but also has deeper thoughts to share about what it means to be a human walking among the landscapes — and seeking.
About the Author
Eric Dieterle lives, teaches, and writes in Flagstaff, Arizona. He has written for newspapers, published essays in journals of environmental literature, and guest-blogged on topics ranging from the environment to sustainable living to running at high altitudes. Dieterle holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Washington State University, and a master’s in English from Iowa State University. Learn more about Eric Dieterle »