Amy Irvine is a nationally-ranked competitive rock climber and for five years was the Development Director at the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. Her book, Trespass, is the story of one woman’s struggle to gain footing in inhospitable territory. A wilderness activist and apostate Mormon, Amy Irvine sought respite in the desert outback of southern Utah’s red-rock country after her father’s suicide, only to find out just how much of an interloper she was among her own people.

More than simply an exploration of personal loss, Trespass is an elegy for a dying world, for the ruin of one of our most beloved and unique desert landscapes, and for our vanishing connection to it. During this special evening, co-sponsored by The Wilderness Society, Irvine read from Trespass. Irvine’s Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land won the 2009 Orion Book Award.