Nonfiction and Poetry Writers Talk Podcast

Topo: The Stories Behind the Maps

On October 6, 2018, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jim West about his work, Topo: The Stories Behind the Maps.

About the Book: This entertaining book tells the fascinating stories — sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant — about the people who buy maps and the reasons they do so. Read about death by lightning, a bounty hunter, a newly-minted Shaman, the history of the Denver Federal Center, and more. If you think most maps are bought by hikers and hunters, you will be delighted to meet the rest of the people who buy maps, and the surprising stories behind their maps.

About the Author: Jim West worked at the USGS Map Store for nine years helping hundreds of people find the maps they wanted. As an instructor in the Colorado Mountain Club’s Wilderness Trekking School, he taught map and compass skills to new hikers. He is an avid hiker and backpacker, and with his wife, Ann, has hiked all over the Rocky Mountains, the Canyonlands, and in Alaska, the Alps, the Andes, the Himalayas, New Zealand, and Tanzania….always with his map.

More about Jim and Topo: The Stories Behind the Maps:

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