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january, 2019

12jan5:00 pm6:30 pmAn Evening With Annette McGivney Author Of Pure Land5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Flagstaff, 1520 S Riordan Ranch St.


Event Details

Join Bookmans for an evening with Annette McGivney, author of Pure Land. This event will include a short reading from the book and a Q&A followed by an opportunity to have your copy of Pure Land signed by the author. Taking place Saturday, January 12th at 5:00 PM in the Bookmans Cafe. Copies of Pure Land will be available for purchase before the event and guests can enjoy a 10% discount on coffee and tea in the cafe.

“The story of the most brutal murder in the history of the Grand Canyon and how McGivney’s quest to investigate the victim’s life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. On this journey stretching from the southern tip of Japan to the bottom of Grand Canyon, and into the ugliest aspects of human behavior, Pure Land offers proof of the healing power of nature

and of the resiliency of the human spirit.”

Taking the world by storm and winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for Literature Pure Land has been flying off Bookmans shelves. An in-depth into the lives of three very different individuals, a gruesome murder and the idyllic landscape the Grand Canyon, Pure Land is the book everyone is talking about and we can’t wait to host Annette McGivney for an evening of discussion and storytelling.


About Pure Land.

Tomomi Hanamure, a Japanese citizen who loved exploring the rugged wilderness of the American West, was killed on her birthday May 8, 2006. She was stabbed 29 times as she hiked to Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Indian reservation at the bottom of Grand Canyon. Her killer was an 18-year old Havasupai youth named Randy Redtail Wescogame who had a history of robbing tourists and was addicted to meth. It was the most brutal murder ever recorded in Grand Canyon’s history. Annette McGivney covered the tragedy for Backpacker magazine where she is Southwest Editor and she wrote an award-winning article that received more reader mail than any story in the last decade.(See the story here.)

While the assignment ended in June 2007 when the article was published, McGivney could not let go of the story. As a woman who also enjoys wilderness hiking, McGivney felt a bond with Hanamure and embarked on a years-long pursuit to learn more about her. McGivney traveled to Japan and across the American West following the trail Hanamure left in her journals. Yet, McGivney also had a connection to Wescogame, Hanamure’s killer, and her reporting unexpectedly triggered long-buried memories about violent abuse McGivney experienced as a child.

Pure Land is a story of this inner and outer journey, how two women in search of their true nature found transcendence in the West’s most spectacular landscapes. It is also a tale of how child abuse leads to violence and destroys lives. And it is, ultimately, a story of healing. While chronicling Hanamure’s life landed McGivney in the crime scene of her own childhood, it was her connection to Hanamure— a woman she did not know until after Hanamure died — that helped McGivney find a way out of her own horror.  

Click here to learn more about Pure Land its author Annette McGivney. Copies of Pure Land are available for purchase at Bookmans Flag. Though we cannot guarantee stock, feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to check our shelves for you.



(Saturday) 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Flagstaff

1520 S Riordan Ranch St.

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