Conversations with Authors: Sherry L. Smith with Peter Coyote

Saturday, January 30, 2021 - 4:00pm

Saturday, January 30th, 2021

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A historical biography of a radical relationship at the dawn of the 20th Century

The opening years of the twentieth century saw a grand cast of radicals and reformers fighting for a new America, seeking change not only in labor picket lines and at women's suffrage rallies but also in homes and bedrooms. In the thick of this heady milieu were Sara Bard Field and Charles Erskine Scott Wood, two aspiring poets whose love story uncovers a potent emotional world underneath this transformative time. Self-declared pioneers in free love, Sara and Erskine exchanged hundreds of letters that charted a new kind of romantic relationship, and their personal pursuits frequently came into contact with their deeply engaged political lives. As Sara's star rose in the suffrage movement, culminating in her making a cross-country car trip in 1915 and gathering hundreds of thousands of signatures for a petition to Congress, she began to ask questions about her own power in her relationship with Erskine. Charting a passionate and tumultuous relationship that spanned decades, Bohemians West offers a deeply personal look at a dynamic period in American history.

Sherry L. Smith is a historian and author who grew up in Northwest Indiana, a place tucked between Chicago’s cultural treasures and the natural wonders of the Indiana Dunes. Yet, the American West won her over as a subject of historical study and place to live. She is University Distinguished Professor of History at Southern Methodist University.  Her award-winning books include Hippies, Indians, and the Fight for Red Power and Reimagining Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940. Smith is a former president of the Western History Association and received the Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellowship at the Huntington Library, which supported research for Bohemians West. She has also been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, and Yale University. Smith lives in Moose, Wyoming, and Pasadena, California.

Peter Coyote’s memoir of the 1960’s counter-culture Sleeping Where I Fall which received universally excellent reviews, and has been in continuous print since 1999. His second book, The Rainman’s Third Cure: An Irregular Education, about mentors and the search for wisdom, was nominated as one of the top five non-fiction books published in California in 2015. His third book, Unmasking Your True Self (the Lone Ranger and Tonto Meet the Buddha) combines 50 years of Buddhist practice and acting and uses masks and improv exercises to foster liberation experiences and teach people “how to get out of their own way.” It will be released by Inner Traditions Press along with his first book of poems, The Tongue of a Crow. Peter has performed as an actor in over 160 films for theaters and TV. He is a double Emmy-Award winning narrator of over 150 documentary films. An ordained Zen Buddhist priest and transmitted teacher, Peter is currently giving live weekly dharma talks on Facebook, preparing for a fourth book called Vernacular Buddhism.


Bohemians West: Free Love, Family, and Radicals in Twentieth Century America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597145169
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Published: Heyday Books - August 25th, 2020

Hippies, Indians, and the Fight for Red Power Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190217853
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 1st, 2014

Reimagining Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780195157277
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - October 3rd, 2002

Sleeping Where I Fall: A Chronicle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619025608
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 14th, 2015

The Rainman's Third Cure: An Irregular Education Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619027077
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - December 15th, 2015