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Stories of Willie Boy: Through a Focused Lens
Black Rock Lecture Series


“Stories of Willie Boy: Through a Focused Lens”

3rd Friday Black Rock Lecture Series

Yucca Valley, CA, March 21, 2013 - Join Ruth Nolan, desert scholar, author, and editor of No Place for a Puritan: the literature of California's Deserts (Heyday Books, 2009), for an engaging lecture focused on examining the many pieces and types of literature written about the Willie Boy manhunt of 1909, which took place in the areas adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park. With sensitivity and respect, this lecture will carefully reveal the uses of various literary styles and strategies that an astonishing and diverse assortment of novelists, historians, poets, storytellers, journalists, filmmakers and playwrights have used during the last 100+ years writing about and attempting to interpret and convey what really happened - and why - as the tragic events of this enduring, real-life tale unfolded.

Ruth Nolan, M.A., a lifelong resident of the Mojave Desert, former wildland firefighter, and avid desert hiker and explorer, is professor of creative writing at College of the Desert and a scholar of California desert literature. She is also a widely-published poet, writer, and editor of No Place for a Puritan: the literature of California's deserts (Heyday Books, 2009.) She lectures widely throughout southern California and beyond on issues related to desert literature.

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, this lecture will be held at the Black Rock Visitor Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon, Yucca Valley, CA 92284 on Friday, March 21, 7 pm – 8 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Desert Institute at (760) 367-5535,, or visit

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