2 pm | SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of the Grand Canyon and McGivney's quest to investigate the victim's life and death. Please join the author as she shares her compelling story.
About the Book
Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian Reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was a distressed 18-year-old Havasupai youth.
Pure Land is the story of this tragedy. But it is also the story of how McGivney’s quest to understand Hanamure’s life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. On this journey stretching from the southern tip of Japan to the bottom of Grand Canyon, and into the ugliest aspects of human behavior, Pure Land offers proof of the healing power of nature and the resiliency of the human spirit.
Praise for the Book
Around this single horrific event Annette McGivney has masterfully woven three separate, highly personal narratives. —S. C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
Pure Land reads like Into the Wild, but with a female protagonist, and by an author who is even more fearless than Krakauer in her quest to understand her past, her motivations, and her desire to make sense of a brutal, possibly unavoidable murder.”—Tracy Ross, author of The Source of All Things, a Memoir
About the Author
Annette McGivney is an award-winning journalist and the longtime Southwest Editor for Backpacker magazine. In addition to Backpacker, her writing has appeared in Outside, Arizona Highways, and Sunset magazines. Her June 2007 Backpacker article “Freefall” about the murder of Tomomi Hanamure won a Maggie Award in 2008 from the Western Magazine Publishers Association for Best News Story. McGivney is the author of the previous books, Resurrection: Glen Canyon and a New Vision for the American West, and Leave No Trace: A Guide to the New Wilderness Etiquette. She teaches journalism at Northern Arizona University and lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Learn more about Annette McGivney »