Discussion & Signing with Edwin Matthews - Litchfield Country Journal
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will host a discussion and book signing with local author and conservationist Edwin Matthews to celebrate his new book of essays Litchfield Country Journal: Notes on Wildness Around Us (Edwin Matthews, $25) on Sunday, August 5th at 2pm.
How can we relate to wildlife on Earth? These essays explore the strange design and splendor of wild nature around us and share the wonder of the natural world, as well as the consequence for the human species.
From the Litchfield Country Journal:
“It is in the wholeness and complexity of life, in the remarkable phenomena that take place in wild nature, that I have discovered a source of wonder and love.
The existential predicament of all life on earth is that we are together, all refugees on this solitary planet spinning in space, and that there is no other place. This predicament is no less descriptive in my comparatively domesticated corner of northwest Connecticut than it is in the most remote wilderness on the earth. It is no less true now when I program my smart phone than it was when our ancestors picked up that first stone tool. So, I have sought to learn from, and find wonder in, the wildness around me.
By paying attention, all of us, even those of us living in great cities, can find wildness close at hand. There may be a chance, albeit remote, that we may now love wildness enough to save it…”
“Close observation, wise reflection, careful and supple writing – this book belongs on the shelf of anyone who loves New England’s pastoral and wild beauty.” –Bill McKibben, author of Radio Free Vermont and The End of Nature
“Deeply researched, astutely observed, and written with poetic grace, this book will stimulate readers of all ages to view the world around them with new eyes.” –George Schaller, wildlife biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society, and author of The Last Panda
“A lovely book about the wonders that exist all around us. Edwin Matthews is a keen observer and a lyrical writer.” –Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Edwin Matthews’ affection for the natural world began when he was growing up in the woods of Northern Idaho. He went on to study History, Science, and Law. For many years he practiced law in New York, Paris, and San Francisco.
He was a founder of Friends of the Earth, a worldwide environmental organization now in seventy-five countries. He has been active in the defense of the Shepaug River in Litchfield County, Connecticut and in other conservation causes. He is a life trustee of Earthjustice, a not-for-profit law firm for the environmental movement.
His experience as a mountaineer, ocean sailor, and explorer of wild places fuels these essays.
Mr. Matthews lives on a farm in Washington, Connecticut where, without much success, he is trying to teach his Labrador to value the squirrels in the ecosystem.
This is his first collection of essays on nature.
This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend this event, you may reserve a signed copy of Litchfield Country Journal: Notes on Wildness Around Us by calling The Hickory Stick Bookshop at (860) 868 0525. For further information about this event please visit www.hickorystickbookshop.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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