David B. Williams

David B. Williams


DAVID WILLIAMS is a freelance natural history writer based in Seattle and author most recently of Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology, which reviews called "compelling," "fascinating," and "unusually clear and yet lyrical." Publishers Weekly wrote "Williams's lively mixture of hard science and piquant lore is sure to fire the readers' curiosity," and Kirkus Reviews noted that the book "Makes stone sing."

His previous book, The Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from Seattle, received favorable reviews in the Seattle Times, Orion, Sierra, and Open Spaces. Williams also is the author of A Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country, called by National Geographic Adventure, an "indispensable guide of any Southwest trip." His work has appeared in Smithsonian, Popular Mechanics, California Wild, and High Country News and he is a regularly contributing writer for Earth magazine.

Williams is a Seattle native and has a Bachelor's degree in geology from Colorado College. He has worked as a Park Ranger at Arches National Park, in Moab, Utah, and the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, in Brookline, Massachusetts. For five years he was a program coordinator and field instructor for Canyonlands Field Institute, a non-profit educational organization based in Moab. At present he teaches educational programs part time at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and periodically leads tours of building stones for groups such as North Cascades Institute and Seattle Architectural Foundation.

He is a cyclist and runner and enjoys hiking and urban exploring. Recent adventures have taken him to Italy and Siberia, where he spent a month traveling and volunteering to help build a hiking trail around Lake Baikal. He lives with his wife in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood and blogs at Stories In Stone.

David B. Williams's Books

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  • Cairns

    Messengers in Stone

    By author: David B. Williams
    ISBN: 978-1-59485-681-5 Price:  $15.95

    Availability: In stock.
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    Writing messages with rocks -- building cairns, to be specific -- is a medium that transcends millennia and continues to speak to our imaginations even now.

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