Author Peter Matthiessen died in 2014. During his lifetime, he wrote over thirty books. He’s well-known for his nonfiction like “The Snow Leopard,” which traces his journey to the Tibetan plateau in the Himalayas. He also wrote fiction, with novels like “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” the Watson trilogy, and “Far Tortuga.” Peter’s final book was the 2014 novel “In Paradise.” His official biography, called “True Nature,” is currently being written and is scheduled to be published by Knoph/Pantheon in 2022. Peter visited Traverse City in 2010 and talked with Doug Stanton on the stage of the City Opera House. Doug asked Peter how he got the idea to write his book “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,” about American Indian activist Leonard Peltier.