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The Paradise Notebooks: 90 Miles across the Sierra Nevada – discussion
September 11, 2022 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm PDT
Attend this live event at The Foster Museum and hear from authors of The Paradise Notebooks, Richard Nevle and Steven Nightingale, in conversation with John Muir Laws as they share readings from the book and stories of their experiences in the Sierra Nevada. There will be a special accompaniment by singer-songwriter Deborah Levoy who has translated a couple of the authors’ poems into songs.
6:15 pm Doors Open
7-8:30 pm Author conversation with John Muir Laws, followed by Q & A and musical accompaniment by singer-songwriter Deborah Levoy who has translated a small selection of the authors’ poems into songs.
Limited audience, with proof of vaccination presented upon arrival and masking required.
About The Paradise Notebooks:
In The Paradise Notebooks, Richard J. Nevle and Steven Nightingale take us across the spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain range on a journey illuminated by incandescent poetry and fascinating fact.
Over the course of twenty-one pairs of short essays, Nevle and Nightingale contemplate the natural phenomena found in the Sierra Nevada. From granite to aspen, to fire, to a rare, endemic species of butterfly, these essay pairs explore the natural history and mystical wonder of each element with a balanced and captivating touch. As they weave in vignettes from their ninety-mile backpacking trip across the range, Nevle and Nightingale powerfully reconceive the Sierra Nevada as both earthly matter and transcendental offering, letting us into a reality in which nature holds just as much spiritual importance as it does physical.
In a time of rapid environmental degradation, The Paradise Notebooks offers a way forward―a whole-minded, learned, loving attention to place that rekindles our joyful relationship with the living world.