These days, award-winning novelist and non-fiction author Steve Chapple considers himself an amateur polymath with the curiosity of a smiling cat. At least that's his excuse for following the wandering arc of his generation, sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, and babies, not necessarily in that order, sport, the environment, intellectual capital, and now, as a Visiting Scholar at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, climate change and the future.
Chapple has addressed these topics with Larry King, Charley Rose, and many others. While in Montana, he was the host and producer of the outdoor sports and adventure show "Under A Big Sky," shown in the West on certain CBS affiliates. Raised in Montana and La Jolla, educated at Yale, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation,) he holds the patent on the "Geospatial News Engine," for the Internet.
His national newspaper column, "Intellectual Capital (TM,)" has been anchored in the San Diego Union-Tribune, and covers game-changing people and ideas. The columns are entertaining visits with some of the smartest minds in the country--people ahead of the wave, with a wise eye on the past, and with something very readable to say about the news of today.
Intellectual Capital Media also produces video, web and TV shows on the future of America's cities, entrepreneurship, climate change, tech, defense, and conservation.
Chapple is currently under contract to Yale University Press with co-author Dr. Jeremy Jackson, for HEARTLAND, COAST AND THE FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN ENVIRONMENT. The book is a short book on the biggest of topics, an ecological investigation of the relation between America's agricultural heartland and the Gulf of Mexico, which has culminated in “dead-zones” and the poisoning of certain Midwest cities; expanding to a discussion of sea level rise and threatened coastlines; the role of climate change and drought in the coming re-shuffling of agriculture from California to Iowa; and a solutions-filled final section dealing with how America might profitably adapt to these multiple and major disruptions..
KAYAKING THE FULL MOON: A Journey Down the Yellowstone River to the Soul of Montana (HarperCollins) was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Lowell Thomas Award for best travel book of the year. "A graceful writer with a journalist's sharp eye and a heart as big as his subject," wrote Hampton Sides in the Washington Post Book World. "A sensitive and sensible book in search of Montana's calico soul," said Thomas McGuane.
LET THE MOUNTAINS TALK, LET THE RIVERS RUN: A Call to those Who Would Save the Earth (HarperCollins) was written with David Brower, the poetically irascible former executive director of the Sierra Club, and savior of the Grand Canyon. "This is the testament of one of the few authentic sages of our time. Brower's voice is passionate, perfectly cadenced, humorous, and very wise,"--Edward O. Wilson. "Nothing I have heard from anybody else has affected my thinking so deeply as what I heard from David Brower,"--Charles Kuralt.--"the path breaker, not given to easy answers or ruinous compromises,"--President Jimmy Carter.
Here the legendary John Denver song based on the title of the book, "Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: https://www.amazon.com/Let-Mountains-Talk-Rivers-Run-ebook/dp/B01MZ05TF0/ref=la_B001H6OMVE_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1505364332&sr=1-1
Doubleday published his first novel, DON'T MIND DYING A Novel of Country Lust & Urban Decay. It is a joining of San Francisco and Montana and retells the history of the West. The screenplay adapted from the book was written for Epic. BUFFALOED, a more recent screenplay, is in development. It is a wry tale of the modern West, centering on the controversial killing and culling of the Yellowstone Park bison herd.
CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-REDNECK (Perseus/HarperCollins) was a wild culling from the sporting pages of the NY Times and Sports Afield. Booklist ranked it one of the Top 10 Sporting Books of the Year.
OUTLAWS IN BABYLON (Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books) recounted the wild days on California's marijuana frontier.
CONVERSATIONS WITH MR. BABY: A Celebration of New Life (Little Brown) is a father-son dialogue with a wise-cracking baby unborn and born.
Studs Terkel called ROCK 'N' ROLL IS HERE TO PAY: The History and Politics of the Music Industry, (co-author Reebee Garofalo,) "the definitive book on rock music as an industry." After withdrawing from Yale College, Chapple put on numerous rock concerts with Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, the Lovin Spoonful, John McGlaughlin, and Allan Ginsberg (these last, decidedly spoken word,) as co-founder of the non-profit foundation, Entropy, Inc. He also briefly produced radio shows on the history of rock, at WBCN, in Boston. After moving to California, he became a staff columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Chapple's op-ed piece in the NY Times, "What Is a River Worth?" kicked off the successful campaign to save Yellowstone Park from a potentially disastrous gold mine at the headwaters of the Yellowstone River. He contributes to National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Men's Journal, Outside, the New Yorker, Mother Jones, Conde Nast, the LA and New York Times, Reader's Digest, Hatch, and Scuba Diving. From time to time he lectures at the Smithsonian and the California Academy of Sciences, about various adventures down the Zambezi, the Yellowstone, and the Mighty LA. This last, an historic first descent of the Los Angeles River, is probably his most daunting adventure to date.