San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit is the author of thirteen books
about art, landscape, public and collective life, ecology, politics,
hope, meandering, reverie, and memory.
They include November 2010’s Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, a book of 22 maps and nearly 30
collaborators; 2011’s A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary
Communities that Arise in Disaster, and many others, including Storming
the Gates of Paradise; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Hope in the Dark:
Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities; Wanderlust: A History of Walking;
As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender and Art; and River of
Shadows, Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which
she received a Guggenheim, the National Book Critics Circle Award in
criticism, and the Lannan Literary Award).
She has worked with climate
change, Native American land rights, antinuclear, human rights, antiwar
and other issues as an activist and journalist. A product of the
California public education system from kindergarten to graduate school,
she is a contributing editor to Harper’s and frequent contributor to
the political site Tomdispatch.com and has made her living as an
independent writer since 1988.