Wild People in Wild Places; New National Park Book Promises a “Permanent Vacation”

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Who as a child (or a restless adult) hasn’t dreamed of working in one of our spectacular national parks? For those who long for natural beauty, wildness or a more expansive life, here’s a chance to see what happens to 20 writers who follow that dream and end up living in “America’s best idea.” The stories in this book are unique, distinct and compelling. As one of the writers puts it, “Wild places are infused with magic, and they attract the most crazy-wonderful people.”

Bona Fide Books is pleased to announce the release of “Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks.”

Millions of people visit national parks each year, and some never leave. In this collection, you’ll learn what it’s like to ditch the mainstream and make a life in our nation’s best idea. See iconic landscapes through the eyes of bed makers, bridge builders, rangers, and wranglers. Rip through rapids, disappear inside canyons, and witness personal transformations from petrified forest to permafrost.

“The stories in this collection are incredible,” says Kim Wyatt, owner and publisher of Bona Fide Books, who started the small press in 2009. “We received over 200 submissions, and it was tough to keep it to twenty. Something about living in nature makes great storytellers, and these writers should be widely read.”

Parks featured in this collection include Denali, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton and more. The writers are old-timers, locals or vagabonds addicted to the thrill of a new park, a new season. Whether their time in the parks lasted a few weeks or a few decades, the contributors in “Permanent Vacation” experience a life inside the parks that most visitors can only imagine. Readers witness the challenges of life without plumbing in Alaska and face off with grizzly bears in Yellowstone as these twenty adventure-hungry writers recount the best, and the worst, of life in the national parks.

“This book will appeal to anyone who has worked in a park, spent time in a park, or simply enjoys an armchair adventure,” says Wyatt. “It’s an ideal summer read, and light enough for the backpack.”

“Permanent Vacation” is available at online at http://www.bonafidebooks.com and Amazon, and at http://www.pvstories.net, a website set up to allow park workers and visitors to share their stories and learn more about the contributors and their current adventures.

Bona Fide Books is also seeking essays about national parks east of the Mississippi for a second volume of “Permanent Vacation.” Submissions are open August 1 through January 1, 2012; go to http://www.bonafidebooks.com for more information.

Bona Fide Books is a small press in South Lake Tahoe that seeks to connect writers with their readers and help build literary community in the Sierra.

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