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Environmental Book Club
April 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
We’re reading and discussing Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West by Wallace Stegner. You can reserve HERE and we will have copies at the BFL
While attempting to define a region and come to terms with the West, Wallace Stegner paints a portrait of himself, a man molded by the West. Dragged from Iowa to Saskatchewan, Montana, Utah, Nevada, and California by his father, a rainbow chaser who never found his pot of gold, Stegner led a transient childhood, growing up a frontiersman, a virtual Daniel Boone, not seeing his first flush toilet and lawn until he was 11.
Seventy years later, Stegner has written more than a dozen novels, including the accclaimed Big Rock Candy Mountain and Angle of Repose, and, most recently, Crossing to Safety , as well as many books of nonfiction.
A compilation of recent essays that cohere nicely, Where the Bluebird Sings is part autobiography, part study of western literature (i.e., Steinbeck, George R. Stewart, Walter Clark, and Norman Maclean), part natural science and history (his discussions of the significance of aridity in understanding the West and the ecological sins of water reclamation are eloquent and impassioned). His tone ranges from optimistic (he calls the remaining western wilderness a “geography of hope”) to grave (he laments the ongoing desertification of the West). He challenges western stereotypes, and he contemplates the role of autobiography in fiction writing (Crossing to Safety was his most personal novel).. With this book, Stegner reconfirms himself as one the most important contemporary writers, of the West or anywhere else
Join environmental enthusiast, Arthur Ensroth, in discussing current, historical and future environmental issues through books! We’re finding ways to become more engaged and participatory in the natural world, educating ourselves on the climate challenges we face and looking at the history and philosophy of how the environment has been viewed through the ages. And, we’ll be having fun so don’t let the previous intimidate you away from a great conversation!
The BFL is collaborating with Broadmoor, Mass Audubon with this book group. We thank them for sharing their mission with us.
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