Friday, June 30, 2006

ENV: David Taylor's New Book!

Some of the evolution of this masterpiece played out over at The Nature Writers of Texas . . .

This from the press, thanks to publicist Colleen Shaw:

New from the University of North Texas Press:

Pride of Place
A Contemporary Anthology of Texas Nature Writing

Since writer and folklorist Roy Bedichek published his influential Adventures with a Texas Naturalist in 1947, no book has matched that work in exploring the uniqueness of Texas nature or reflected the changes in the human landscape that have accelerated since Bedichek's time. However, UNT Press believes that has changed with the official release of Pride of Place: A Contemporary Anthology of Texas Nature Writing edited by UNT Academic Adviser David A. Taylor.

Pride of Place offers updates to Bedichek's discussion by acknowledging the increased urbanization and the loss of wildspace in the Texas of today. It joins other recent collections of regional nature writing while illustrating what makes Texas uniquely diverse.

"The book's fourteen essays are held together by the story of Texas pride, the sense that from West Texas to the Coastal Plains, Texas and its unique landscape are important and worthy of pride, if not downright bravado," Taylor said.

Pride of Place addresses all the major regions of Texas. Beginning with Bedichek's essay "Still Water" from Adventures with a Texas Naturalist, it includes:

Stephen Harrigan and Wyman Meinzer on West Texas;
John Graves' evocative "Kindred Spirits" on Central Texas;
Writings by Carol Cullar and Barbara "Barney" Nelson on the Rio Grande region of West Texas;
Joe Nick Patoski's celebration of Hill Country springs;
UNT Philosophy Professor "Pete" A.Y. Gunter on the Piney Woods;
David Taylor on North Texas;
Gary Clark and Gerald Thurmond on the Coastal Plains;
Ray Gonzales and Marian Haddad on El Paso;
Naomi Shihab Nye on urban San Antonio

Publisher's Weekly says:
"The strength of the selections lies both in the skill of the writers
and the variety of their subject matter."

Taylor is the academic advisor in the new UNT Honors College and he teaches in the philosophy and English departments. His previous works include South Carolina Naturalists: An Anthology, 1700-1860 and Lawson's Fork: Headwaters to the Confluence. He lives in Denton.

The book is now available in bookstores. Persons seeking to order directly from the UNT Press can call (800) 826-8911 or go to


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