Friday, April 23, 2010

Laura Bell

Wyoming has a fine new memoir to add to its literary canon: CLAIMING GROUND, by Laura Bell.

Many notable writers have praised Bell's book, including William Kittredge: “In a sheep wagon, called an ark, parked under cottonwoods along a creek in Wyoming, Laura Bell began the life she came west to find. Decades later, after seasons spent with sheep and cows and horses and dogs, after a failed marriage and death and grief, she now works to protect the place of her heart as a conservationist. Love, she says, never seems to be enough until we decide that it is. This is a wonderfully written, refreshing story.”

Bell grew up in Tennessee and Kentucky, then took her search for a place to call home to Wyoming and Utah before settling in to work for the Nature Conservancy in Cody.

Laura Bell will be a guest on The Write Question in late May. Hear The Write Question every Thursday evening on Montana Public Radio (7:30) or Yellowstone Public Radio (6:30).


  1. i'm late to discovering this blog, and this post. i listened to laura read while she was in billings and bought her book. it's a tremendous read. now that i've read the book, i wish i could listen to her read again.

  2. Hi Sherry, glad you found The Write Question. Welcome! (You're just in time.)

    And you're in luck because you'll be able to hear Laura Bell read again next week when she is my guest on the program.

    You can listen Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 (Yellowstone Public Radio). Or at 7:30 (Montana Public Radio). Both stations stream, so you can listen twice, if you'd like to.

    Or use this link to listen online (the content and link to audio will be there by next Wednesday evening):