You may know I've been absorbed building and launching TheWrap.com, a digital news organization covering the business of entertainment and media.
But I am still devoted to Loot, and am delighted to tell you that the paperback will be published this month, available now on Amazon. It will be featured in next week's New York Times Book Review on Paperback Row, very exciting.
The British edition, published by Old Street Books, will also be out soon, in early October. (Just in case you want every cover art available.)
Meanwhile a reader writes today of disturbing ongoing theft of Native American art, and asks what she can do about it:
Hello Ms. Waxman:
I just finished Loot and found it both fascinating and
disturbing. It prompted me to write to you concerning a contemporary
problem regarding the plunder of ancient Native American rock art, particularly
in the Colorado Plateau/ Four Corners region of the US. As I'm sure you're
aware, unscrupulous (or just plain criminal) individuals are literally hacking
portions of pictographs and petroglyphs from the sites where they belong and
selling them to dealers and middlemen. Many such trophies are leaving the
country, but some come to rest on decks and in the homes of persons who can
afford such pieces of irreplaceable Americana. Others face wanton destruction or
just the ravages of time. These archaic sites are sacred to many Native American
Tribes. Archaic rock art is disappearing before it can be evaluated and
The remoteness of many sites make monitoring extremely difficult.
Furthermore, the American public is not sufficiently aware of this valuable
heritage. A number of sites rival in beauty and cultural significance
the ancient European rock art sites that are universally revered.
For the past 4 years, I have been working with an organization -- the
Barrier Canyon Style (BCS) project -- that is trying to discover,
record, and make archival photographs of all the BCS sites on the Colorado
Plateau. I am the grant writer for the project.
There is, of course, a great deal more information regarding the project
and its objectives, but I don't want to swamp you.
I would appreciate your opinions, suggestions and/or advice regarding the
project and what can be done to halt the destruction of these American