“Lost Borders” by Mary Hunter Austin continues with interconnected stories about the American West from a feminist and conservationist perspective. Austin’s settings and subject matter may be familiar from Hollywood westerns, but she challenges masculinist myths of dominance and exploitation. Although she was a prolific and highly regarded writer at the time of her death in 1934, nearly all her work soon fell out of print.
The Books Unbound podcast presents the stories in the order of the original book: “The Woman at the Eighteen Mile” is read by Sarah Torbeck, who plays the role of the author throughout the series, and “The Fakir” is read by Shayne Laughter. (Listeners of the March 28 broadcast who are looking for the story “The Return of Mr. Wills,” also read by Laughter, will find it in podcast episode two; “The Readjustment,” read by Katy Ratcliffe, will be in podcast episode four next week.)
Jack Hanek hosts. The recurring poem, read by Berklea Going, appears at the beginning of the print volume of “Lost Borders”.
Special music for the episode comes from the album River of Light (Naxos, 2011), as performed by violinist Tim Fain and pianist Pei-Yao Wang.
This episode is produced, written and edited by Cynthia Wolfe with assistance from Sarah Torbeck.
Executive producer: Joe Crawford
Books Unbound theme music: The Impossible Shapes