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The 2021 Arizona Author Series Explores Women’s Adventures in the Southwest

Phoenix Author and historian Lesley Poling-Kempes will present, “Ladies of the Canyons: A Storytelling Journey,” as part of the State of Arizona Research Library’s 2021 Arizona Author Series. The talk is at 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 23, and will be held virtually. Attendees are encouraged to register at

After the talk, there will be time for questions from the audience. Poling-Kempes will show historic photos and discuss the research journey of discovery that became her celebrated book, Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women & their Adventures in the American Southwest (UA Press 2015). Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world. Educated and restless, mischief-makers, heroines, and epic-builders. These words describe a circle of women whose influence and impact in the American Southwest in the early 20th century have largely been left out of the pages of history. Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Mary Cabot Wheelwright, and Louisa Wade Wetherill, to name a few.

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Description automatically generatedLesley Poling-Kempes is the award-winning author of seven fiction and nonfiction books about the American Southwest. In 2020, her work received the Harris Award for outstanding contribution to the understanding of the people, culture, and history of the American West. Her book “Bone Horses,” is the winner of the WILLA Literary Award for Contemporary Fiction and Tony Hillerman Award, while her book “The Harvey Girls: Women who Opened the West,” won a Zia Award, and was a finalist for Best First Novel for the “Canyon of Remembering” Western Writers of America Spur Award. “Ladies of the Canyons: A League of Extraordinary Women & Their Adventures in the American Southwest” won the 2016 Reading the West Book Award, the WILLA Literary Award, the Southwest Book Award, the Silver Medal for US History from the Independent Publishers Association, and the Border Book Award. She lives in Abiquiu, New Mexico.

This is a virtual presentation. For more information, contact the State of Arizona Research Library at 602-926-3870 or visit the website at The library also provides information on Facebook and Twitter

This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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