July 20, 1945|
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||August 30, 2014
Las Cruces, New Mexico, U.S.
|Awards||Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction|
Charles Clyde Bowden (July 20, 1945 – August 30, 2014) was an American non-fiction author, journalist and essayist based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He was a writer for the Tucson Citizen and often wrote about the American Southwest. He was a contributing editor of GQ and Mother Jones magazine, and wrote for other periodicals including Harper's Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, Esquire , High Country News, and Aperture.
- The Impact of Energy Development on Water Resources in Arid Lands: Literature Review and Annotated Bibliography (Tucson: University of Arizona, Office of Arid Lands Studies, 1975)
- Killing the Hidden Waters (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1977)
- Street Signs Chicago: Neighborhood and Other Illusions of Big City Life / by Charles Bowden and Lew Kreinberg; photographs by Richard Younker; foreword by William Appleman Williams (Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press, 1981)
- Blue Desert (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1986)
- Frog Mountain Blues photographs by Jack W. Dykinga. (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1987)
- Trust Me: Charles Keating and the Missing Billions (1988) with Michael Binstein
- Mezcal (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1988)
- Red Line (New York: Norton, 1989)
- Desierto: Memories of the Future (1991)
- The Sonoran Desert / photographs by Jack W. Dykinga; text by Charles Bowden. (New York: H. N. Abrams, 1992)
- The Secret Forest / text by Charles Bowden; photographs by Jack W. Dykinga; introduction by Paul S. Martin (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1993)
- Seasons of the Coyote: the Legend and Lore of an American Icon / essays by Charles Bowden et al. (San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins West, 1994)
- Frog Mountain Blues ; photographs by Jack W. Dykinga; with a new afterword by the author (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1994)
- Blood Orchid: An Unnatural History of America (1995)
- Chihuahua: Pictures From the Edge / photographs by Virgil Hancock; essay by Charles Bowden (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996)
- Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau / photographs by Jack W. Dykinga; text by Charles Bowden (New York: Abrams, 1996)
- The Sierra Pinacate / Julian D. Hayden; photographs by Jack Dykinga; with essays by Charles Bowden & Bernard L. Fontana (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1998)
- Juárez: The Laboratory of our Future, preface by Noam Chomsky; afterword by Eduardo Galeano (1998)
- Torch Song (essay) 1999
- Paul Dickerson, 1961-1997 (essay by Charles Bowden; New York: American Fine Art Co., 2000)
- Eugene Richards (New York, NY: Phaidon, 2001)
- Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family (2002)
- Blues for Cannibals (2002)
- Killing the Hidden Waters [with a new introduction by the author] (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003)
- A Shadow in the City : Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior (2005)
- Inferno (photographs by Michael P. Berman; Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2006)(winner of the Border Regional Library Association's Southwest Book Award)
- Exodus/Éxodo (text by Charles Bowden, photographs by Julián Cardona) (2008)
- Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb by Nick Schou; preface by Charles Bowden (2006)
- Some of the Dead are Still Breathing: Living in the Future (2009)
- Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy's New Killing Fields (2010)
- Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez (2010); with illustrations by Alice Leora Briggs
- El Sicario: The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin (2011) by Molly Molloy (Editor), Charles Bowden (Editor)
- Dead When I Got Here: Asylum from the madness (2014); Executive Producer of Documentary in collaboration with Director/Producer Mark Aitken - deadwhenigothere.org
- United States Artists Official Website
- Grant, Richard. "A Sense of Chuck". Aeon (digital magazine). Retrieved 6 April 2015.
- The Charles Bowden Papers 1947-2007 (50 linear feet) are housed at the Wittliff Collections, Texas State University in San Marcos.
- Charles Bowden at the Internet Movie Database
- A review of Blues for Cannibals - From The New York Times
- Entrance Wound - An excerpt from Blues for Cannibals
- An Interview with Charles Bowden
- Charles Bowden articles at Byliner
- An audio interview with Charles Bowden - From American Public Media's Marketplace
- Works by or about Charles Bowden in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Charles Bowden on "The War Next Door" - video by Democracy Now!
- Charles Bowden on “Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields” - A live interview with Charles Bowden on Democracy Now! April 14, 2010
- NPR interview with Bowden about "Shadow in the City" on NPR's Day to Day July 5, 2005
- "Charles Bowden on The War Next Door", High Country News, March 1, 2010
- Bowden, Charles (November 2012). "Arkansas Delta, 40 Years Later". National Geographic 222 (5): 125–139. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
- Obituary in The Guardian September 8, 2014