Building Wood Fires

Glen Canyon and a New Vision for the American West
With photographs by James Kay
Foreword by Bill McKibben
Braided River/The Mountaineers Books, 2009


"No matter your view on Glen Canyon and whether it should be preserved or not, this is a book that will capture your attention. It is thoughtfully written and the images of Glen Canyon and Lake Powell are spectacularly interesting." -- Deseret News


The  Future of Utah's Water Resources
Edited by Hall Crimmel

University of Utah Press, 2014


Contains a chapter by Annette about the future of Lake Powell and other Colorado River reservoirs during an era of climate change. She explores a proposal that promotes filling perpetually half-full Lake Mead first and allowing Lake Powell to remain low, thereby protecting the reemerged Glen Canyon.


​Leave No Trace

Beyond cleaning up your trash and not cutting down trees for firewood, how far should you go to minimize your impact on wilderness lands? What is really important, and what is too extreme? Annette provides thoughtful answers based on scientific facts. She presents practical tips and techniques tailored for hikers, climbers, backcountry skiers, mountain bikers, equestrians, sea kayakers, canoeists, and rafters. 


Desert Water

Techniques and Skills for Stoking the Flames Both Indoors

and Out
W.W. Norton, November 2017


Part how-to, part history of fire, Building Wood Fires is an essential guide for anyone with a fireplace, backyard fire pit, or love of camping. Outdoor journalist and wilderness expert Annette McGivney shares years of expertise, providing tips from whereto build your fire pit to how to roast the perfect marshmallow and helpful diagrams to demonstrate essential techniques.


A Guide to the New Wilderness Etiquette
Second Edition

The Mountaineers Books, 2003


A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth

Aquarius Press, October 2017

Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of 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.