Scott Thybony has been writing and recording commentaries for KNAU, Arizona Public Radio, for several years. He’s a former river guide and archeologist who’s written several books, including Official Guide to Hiking the Grand Canyon, Burntwater, and most recently, The Incredible Grand Canyon. His articles have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Outside, and several other publications. Scott Thybony’s interviewed everyone from astronauts to medicine men, and he’s lived with the Navajo in the American Southwest and the Inuit in the Canadian Arctic. He lives and writes in Flagstaff.
Ann Cummins is Professor of Creative Writing at Northern Arizona University. She has published stories in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Antioch Review, and elsewhere; her fiction has been anthologized in a variety of series including The Best American Short Stories, The Prentice Hall Anthology of Women’s Literature, and The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. A 2002 recipient of a Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, she is the author of the short story collection Red Ant House, (Houghton Mifflin, spring, 2003) and the novel Yellowcake (Houghton Mifflin, 2007).
From forest restoration to microbial genetics, Northern Arizona University produces cutting-edge scientific research. A new KNAU series, Inquiring Minds, goesbeyond some of the best known programs and professors, behind the scenes and into the field, to reveal and explain the world-class discoveries and explorations at the region’s largest university.
The two-minute long Inquiring Minds segments will air most Mondays at 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. to provide fascinating insights into the campus of Northern Arizona University. Learn about research into mirror neurons that could actually make people nicer, volcanoes that may one day generate Flagstaff’s electricity, and the world’s only major religion that is now extinct
KNAU's monthly series of book reviews with Flagstaff author and Northern Arizona University professor Ann Cummins. Every month Cummins will review books about Arizona and the Four Corners region that evoke the rich landscapes and cultures of the southwest.
If you would like your book reviewed by Ann Cummins, here are some guidelines to keep in mind. The book should be based in the southwest or the author should have significant southwest ties. It does not have to be a new release but it should have literary merit. We are not accepting self-published books at this time. If your book meets these requirements, please provide us with a review copy. Thank you!
Southwest Book Reviews
KNAU Arizona Public Radio
PO Box 5764
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Scott Thybony’s KNAU commentaries give Arizonans an enhanced understanding of our unique region - the land, people, cultures, languages, and traditions – through vibrant storytelling, history, and thoughtful reflection. Visit Scott's personal website.
Scott Thybony’s Grand Canyon commentaries are funded by the Grand Canyon Association, which has supported education and scientific research for Grand Canyon National Park since 1932. More information is available at their website, www.grandcanyon.org.
The Colorado Plateau is one of North America’s human and environmental treasures. Ancient cultures have called this land of sun-baked deserts and lush mountain landscapes home for centuries. Earth Notes, KNAU’s weekly environmental series, explores the Plateau by telling stories of the intricate relationships between environmental issues and our daily lives.