William Hillyard's new book, WELCOME TO WONDER VALLEY, is now available for purchase on Amazon! The book was release on November 22nd, to wide distribution, and followed up with a successful book launch in Wonder Valley. After the book launch event, Hillyard invited everyone to The Palms bar for a Nattie Ice beer on him. Both The Palms and Nattie Ice feature predominately in the book. Buy it as a paperback or download a Kindle version of the book from,,, and others. Click here

William Hillyard to Read in Wonder Valley

William Hillyard to read from Welcome to Wonder Valley 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019 (after the Farmers Market and just before The Palms opens!) at the Wonder Valley Community Center 80526 1/2 Amboy Road, Wonder Valley CA 92277 There is a $2 suggested donation to support future events. If you can't afford $2, please be our guest. What is it about Wonder Valley that brings people across the Morongo Basin, across the state, even around the globe to spend a day or two in this little patch of sand? Come hear local author William Hillyard read sections from his forth-coming book Welcome to Wonder Valley. Hillyard has known and spent time with more local characters than anyone else and has seen firsthand what makes these enduring and endearing characters tick. His book offers insight into both the fortitude and eccentricities that make life bearable in a no-horse town, with bad water, and temperatures topping 120 in the summer. Hillyard will answer questions, and talk about the writing process. A $2 donation helps support events like this, but if you don’t have the money, please be our guest. See more event information here: Facebook Events

Praise for William Hillyard in Hippocampus Magazine

"[Golden State 2017] is at its best, for me, when the authors treat California as a character rather than set dressing. William Hillyard does just that in “Wonder Valley” when he recounts the tale of Ned Bray and the end of Ricka McGuire 'in this nowhere corner of the Mojave.' Part anecdote, part history lesson, Hillyard transports you so thoroughly in his descriptions that you’ll need to drink a glass of water when you finish." --Hippocampus Magazine

William Hillyard to read at Desert Stories in Joshua Tree

Desert Stories Returns to the Hi-Desert Cultural Center By Hi-Desert Cultural Center | January 12, 20130 Comments Tickets are on sale for the 6th Annual sell-out production of Desert Stories; a Spoken Word Event that features New Eclectic Artists and the Desert’s Best Storytellers JOSHUA TREE, CA – Returning for its sixth year following last year’s sold-out performance, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s popular Desert Stories spoken word event is set for Saturday February 2, 2013 at 7 p.m. – and tickets are selling quickly. “Spoken Word” is a popular form of literary art or artistic performance in which lyrics, poetry, or stories are spoken and may include singing and multi-media visual effects.  Artist and event host, Cheryl Montelle, invites you to come hear more “true-life” experiences and a few “tall tales” from some of the Desert’s best storytellers and some special guests.  This year’s event will feature Marie Chambers, Tania Hammidi, William Hillyard, Bernard Leibov, Suzzann Macleod, Alan Rasmussen, Robbi Rob, Candacy Taylor, Tracy Tynan, and Steve Stajich. Desert Stories is a spectacular signature event that garners the rave reviews of both critics and audiences each year. Its popularity is a testament to the skill and artistry of the many individuals who continue to make Desert Stories the incredible experience that audiences can’t get enough of.Jarrod Radnich, HDCC President Desert Stories VI will begin with a pre-show cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. with performances beginning around 7:00 p.m. Saturday February 2, 2013 at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater.  Ticket prices are $20 for general seating, $25 for premium seating, and $35 for elite seating.  A no-host cash bar will be available.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 760.366.3777 or purchase tickets online at

Praise for Wonder Valley in Westword

Best American Nonrequired Reading highlights Denver Voice story by William Hillyard FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011 AT 2:01 P.M. BY JOEL WARNER William Hillyard. Some people surely pay for the Denver Voice simply because the money goes to the homeless and hardly glance at it before tossing it -- although that would be a mistake. Not only does the Voice represent a worthy cause (for which is won a 2009 Westword MasterMind award), it also has damn fine journalism. Case in point: A Voice story -- "Wonder Valley," by contributor William Hillyard -- got shortlisted in the impressive collection The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010. The annual anthology of fiction, nonfiction, essays, comics, humor and esoterica is edited by Dave Eggers and this time, it features an introduction by David Sedaris, putting Hillyard among fine company. The book also includes killer material from the likes of The New Yorker and Harper's Magazine, not to mention pieces by Sherman Alexie, Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen Colbert. While Hillyard's story didn't make the final cut, even being listed among the book's "Notable Nonrequired Reading" is pretty darn impressive. And reading Hillyard's story, it's not hard to see why the work of literary nonfiction got the nod. "Wonder Valley" depicts a forlorn corner of the Mojave Desert in California populated by outcasts and drifters and opens with a bang -- a cinematic panorama of this desolate wasteland that ends on the nude, dead body of woman lying in the dilapidated school bus that was her home. To find out what happens next, check out the story, as well as three follow-ups Hillyard has written about Wonder Valley for the Denver Voice, on his website. In short, the stuff that's been filling the pages of the Denver Voice more than warrants its $1 cover price. The…