2 pm | SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
Travel writer Roger Naylor returns to the Peregrine to discuss his latest book, The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon, which celebrates the adventuring photographers of the early 1900's. Naylor is one of Arizona’s premier travel writers. You might recall his previous appearance at the Peregrine when he introduced his mouthwatering guidebook, Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers.
About the Book
Ellsworth Kolb arrived at Grand Canyon in 1901 with younger brother Emery Kolb soon following. Pioneers in the fledgling tourism industry, they set up a tent at the head of the Bright Angel Trail and began photographing tourists as they clip-clopped into the canyon on muleback. For nearly eight decades, these intrepid brothers explored and photographed Grand Canyon from rim to river. The Kolbs dangled from ropes, clung to sheer cliff walls by their fingertips, climbed virtually inaccessible summits, ran seemingly impassable white-water rapids, braved the elements, and ventured into unknown wilderness—all for the sake of a photo. Well, a photo and a thrill. Sometimes it was hard to tell which was more important. Along the way, Ellsworth and Emery made the longest-running motion picture in American history and built a studio that’s become a Grand Canyon icon.
It’s all captured in the new book, The Amazing Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon. So much more than a typically dry history, the rambunctious Kolb boys leap off the pages in this engaging read. The book is packed with drama, perils, feuds, near-death experiences, a cast of the canyon’s most colorful residents and 190 of the famous Kolb photographs. This is an adventure story you must read to believe.
This just in! Read an excerpt of the book from the Arizona Republic »
About the Author
Naylor is a Southwest writer and humorist. His work has appeared in USA Today, Arizona Highways, Western Art & Architecture, Go Escape, Route 66 Magazine, and many more. Naylor is a senior writer for The Bob and Tom Show, a nationally syndicated radio program. He is a regular contributor to the Arizona Republic, as well as the author of the books, Arizona Kicks on Route 66, Death Valley: The Hottest Place on Earth and Boots and Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers.
“I’m a travel writer who hates to travel. At least anywhere beyond the Southwest. I knew Arizona was where I belonged soon as I arrived as a wide-eyed college student. I fell in love with the immense beast of sky, the mountains that prop it up and much to my surprise, the stark desert that scratches it with spiny fingers. I spend my days rambling around this beguiling, bewitching landscape—hiking, camping, exploring, eating, and hiking a little more. Then I write about it all. Yes, it’s the coolest job in the world. No, you can’t have it.” Read more about Roger Naylor »