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COVER STORY
A Year Like No Other

We asked 14 of our favorite photographers: If you had to pick one of your images to sum up 2020, what would it be?

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BOOK REVIEW
Cowboys Are My Weakness

Julia Claiborne Johnson’s Better Luck Next Time takes place in the 1930s at a Reno, Nevada, divorce ranch.

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WINNERS TAKE ALL
Butchering the Mythic West

A long white Cadillac and a pair of John Williams novels help set the story straight about America’s frontier.

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EVENTS
Alta Asks Live: Julia Flynn Siler
In her first feature for Alta, The White Devil’s Daughters author Julia Flynn Siler examines the painful history of Cameron House and h…
Alta Asks Live: Photographers

Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 12:30 p.m. Pacific time

Top Alta Asks Live events from 2020
Circumstances forced us to present author discussions and special events in a new format. The resulting online series, Alta Asks Live, …
Alta Asks Live: Lynell George
Author Lynell George sits down with Alta books editor David L. Ulin to explore the work, legacy, and extraordinary world of Octavia E. …
Alta Asks Live: Ken Layne

If anyone knows about the mysteries and secrets held within the Mojave Desert, it’s 'Desert Oracle' author Ken Layne.