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General admission: $10.
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In 1989, Douglas Preston and the photographer Walter Nelson set out on a 1,000 mile horseback journey retracing Coronado’s crazy search for the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. Not following roads or trails, they packed their supplies, slept under the stars, and found water and grass where they could. Their route took them across some of the remotest deserts and mountains of Arizona and New Mexico as well as nine Indian reservations, as they sought to understand that moment when Native Americans and Europeans first clashed in what would become the American Southwest.
Cities of Gold is the book that resulted from that historic ride. Publisher’s Weekly called the journey “this piercingly beautiful adventure, an unforgettable saga.” Preston will show slides from the trip and tell the stories of what they saw, weaving it in with the history of the Coronado expedition. Afterwards, Preston will be signing his book. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.
Preston is the author of thirty-five books, twenty-two of which have been New York Times bestsellers. He has worked as an editor at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and taught writing at Princeton University. In addition to books, he also writes about archaeology and paleontology for the New Yorker, National Geographic, and Smithsonian.