James Conaway is working on the last volume of his Napa trilogy, a social narrative written with novelistic conventions. An early chapter was recently published in The American Scholar (https://theamericanscholar.org/waiting-for-fire/) and the magazine also produced a podcast that can heard at https://theamericanscholar.org/go-west-young-scholar/?utm_source=email#.V6RyARQlfR0.
A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a recipient of the Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship, Jim was the former editor-in-chief of Preservation magazine and is the author of three novels - The Big Easy (Houghton), World’s End, (Morrow) and Nose (St Martin’s), about the California wine world from which he has reported for many years.
He’s the author of ten books of non-fiction, including The Far Side of Eden: Old Land, New Money and the Battle for Napa Valley, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year in 2002 described in the New York Times Book Review as "an important story, emblematic of our time." Of the best-selling book that preceded it, Napa: The Story of an American Eden, Frank Prial wrote in the New York Times: "fascinating... Conaway is a reporter with a Saroyan-like sense of humor and a Balzac-like eye for detail.”
His other books include The Forgotten Fifties: America’s Decade from the Archives of Look Magazine (Library of Congress/Rizzoli 2014); the essay collection, Vanishing America: In Search of Our Elusive Landscapes (Counterpoint); a memoir, Memphis Afternoons, (Houghton Mifflin) reviewed in the Washington Post by Jim Lehrer who wrote, "Conaway moves through his family and life in Memphis in the '40s and '50s with the flow and grace of an impressionist painter”; and The Kingdom in the Country, a personal journey through the public lands of the American West described by Wallace Stegner as "a very lively book... He got into places and activities that most westerners never even get close to." The late Jim Harrison called it "a wonderful and well-considered evocation of the New West."
Jim has written for many magazines during a long and varied writing career, including the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, Harper's, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, and Outside. His op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.
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