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JAMES POGUE discusses his nonfiction book CHOSEN COUNTRY with DAVID BYARS

Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West (Henry Holt & Company)

"Whoever you are, whatever side you're on, if you care about the American west and what's happening to it, read this book."--Caroline Fraser, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Prairie Fires

An extraordinary inside look at America's militia movement that shows a country at the crossroads of class, culture, and insurrection.

In a remote corner of Oregon, James Pogue found himself at the heart of a rebellion. Granted unmatched access by Ammon Bundy to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Pogue met ranchers and militiamen ready to die fighting the federal government.

He witnessed the fallout of communities riven by politics and the danger (and allure) of uncompromising religious belief. The occupation ended in the shooting death of one rancher, the imprisonment of dozens more, and a firestorm over the role of government that engulfed national headlines.

In a raw and restless narrative that roams the same wild terrain as his literary forebears Edward Abbey and Hunter S. Thompson, Pogue's Chosen Country examines the underpinnings of this rural uprising and struggles to reconcile diverging ideas of freedom, tracing a cultural fault line that spans the nation.

James Pogue has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, the New Republic, and Vice, where he is a contributing editor. His work has been anthologized in n+1’s City by City. He lives in New Mexico. Chosen Country is his first book.

Photo by Glenna Gordon

David Garrett Byars made his directorial debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with NO MAN’S LAND, a documentary about the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that sparked international headlines. Byars is also currently working with Reel Thing’s Suzan Beraza as a producer and director of photography on her upcoming film MASSACRE RIVER. He joined Reel Thing Productions in 2009, working as an editor, cameraman, and sound technician on URANIUM DRIVE-IN.

Byars' additional work includes directing two short films, SELF STORAGE, a narrative short about existential dread and redemption, and RECAPTURE, a short documentary chronicling the attempt of right-wing activists to reclaim the federally-managed Recapture Canyon in southern Utah.

Event date: 
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 5:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Chosen Country: A Rebellion in the West Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250169129
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 22nd, 2018