“It’s the story of America,” says author Debbie Probst-Gipson of her book Stories the Canyon Keeps.
In this crazy-quilt tapestry of hopes, triumphs and extremes, the lives of thrill-seekers, risk-takers, artists and entrepreneurs spread out before the reader. What drove people to give up their existence for the unknown? What was it, spirited anticipation sought to unearth, to discover in the remoteness of the rugged and untamed, Wild West? Did redemption take the helm or did the fear behind uncertainty force a will to press on?
On the edge of the Rim is where the Bass “Family Legacy” began, seen through the eyes of this pioneering family including William Wallace Bass, his wife, Ada, daughter, Edith, and Bert Lauzon. W.W. set out to make his stand and in so doing, as a business owner and tour guide, laid the groundwork for what would become Grand Canyon tourism as we know it today.
Their individual tales of passionate pursuits, goals of discovering purpose and family promises to change the course of their future on the “last” frontier are displayed through a constellation of time-worn photos, creased letters and sacred, personal accounts in journals from a time gone by.
Stories the Canyon Keeps invites readers to explore, take on and feel what the brave trailblazers were experiencing. Through a collision of senses, the pages intermingle with songs from Meagan Gipson’s album 100 Years Away to enhance the journey. Meagan’s music colorizes the intimate fragility of emotion and heartbreak along with powerfully capturing nature, mood and mystery, the souls of the people and the Canyon herself.
Designed to coincide, look for pages that reference specific songs off Meagan’s album. The reader is encouraged to become the listener as well, simultaneously absorbing the layered story through the blending of senses.
Embrace the history of those who shaped a world we know today, 100 Years Away.