My debut novel, Hot Season, is set at a fictionalized version of my alma mater, Prescott College, and explores themes related to the environment, sustainability, and the fight for the natural world. As such, it follows in the footsteps of many other books penned by PC alums and faculty members over the years, many of which you’ll find listed here.

NOTE: While this list does not aim to be comprehensive, noteworthy additions are always appreciated. Email susan [at] susandefreitas [dot] com.

Melanie Bishop (Faculty)
My So-Called Ruined Life
– Also established Alligator Juniper, the PC literary journal, now in its 21st year, a 3-time winner of the AWP Directors’ Prize for Literary Magazines

Craig Childs (MAP, ’99)
– The Secret Knowledge of Water
– Soul of Nowhere
– The Desert Cries
– The Way Out
– House of Rain
– The Animal Dialogues
– Finders Keepers
– Apocalyptic Planet

K. L. Cook (faculty)
The Girl from Charnelle
Last Call: Stories (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction)

Drew Dellinger (RDP, faculty)
Love Letter to the Milky Way: A Book of Poems

Brad Dimock (RDP, ’71)
Sunk Without a Sound : The Tragic Colorado River Honeymoon of Glen and Bessie Hyde
The Very Hard Way: Bert Loper and the Colorado River

Tom Fleishner (faculty)
Singing Stone: A Natural History of the Escalante Canyons

David Scott Gilligan (RDP, MAP, Faculty 1999–2005)
– The Secret Sierra
In the Years of the Mountains
Rise of the Ranges of Light: Landscapes and Change in the Mountains of California

Rafael de Grenade (RDP, ’00)
Stilwater: Finding Wild Mercy in the Outback

R. Edward Grumbine (faculty)
Where the Dragon Meets the Angry River:Nature and Power in the People’s Republic of China
Thinking Like a Mountain: An Ecological Perspective on Earth

Sam Henrie (faculty)
Uncommon Education: The History and Philosophy of Prescott College, 1950s through 2006

Gary Paul Nabhan (RDP, ’74)
– Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods
– Singing the Turtles to Sea
– Cross-Pollinations: The Marriage of Science and Poetry
Why Some Like It Hot: Food, Genes and Cultural Diversity
– Arab/American: Landscape, Culture, and Cuisine in Two Great Deserts
– Where Our Food Comes From

Jeff Salz (RDP, ’75)
– The Way of Adventure

Sheila Sanderson (faculty)
– Keeping Even

Elliot Treichel (RDP, ’97)
– Close Is Fine
– A Series of Small Maneuvers

Alan Weisman (faculty)
– The World Without US
– Countdown