Co-authors talk about their book of natural history and mystical wonder
Richard Nevle and Steven Nightingale join us for a conversation about their new collaborative work, The Paradise Notebooks: 90 Miles Across the Sierra Nevada (Comstock Publishing).
"With extraordinary versatility, Nevle and Nightingale weave natural history, poetry, and meditations on High Sierra hiking into a compelling tapestry filled with jewels of insight and delight. Even the seasoned hiker will find new viewpoints on their favorite creatures and flowers." -- Tom Killion, co-author of The High Sierra of California
"We need a literary antidote to darkness. Not to read this book is damnable folly." -- Annie Dillard, author of For the Time Being
This event will be streamed on our Crowdcast channel.
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.
Richard J. Nevle is Deputy Director of the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University and the author of numerous scientific articles.
Steven Nightingale teaches poetry in schools and universities in Nevada and California. He is the author of ten books, including the short fiction collection The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace.
Crowdcast, Sliding scale ($0-$100)
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