Join Village Books and North Cascades Institute in welcoming nature writers and poets to Bellingham to share their latest works. All readings are free and take place at the Readings Gallery at Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham.
Cameron MacDonald’s The Endangered Species Road Trip: A Summer’s Worth of Dingy Motels, Poison Oak, Ravenous Insects and the Rarest Species in North America
Saturday, March 22, 4pm
A wildlife adventure and family holiday like no other, The Endangered Species Road Trip documents the hilarious and thought-provoking journey of natural biologist Cameron MacDonald as he tracks down North America’s endangered species with his young family.
Crammed into a minivan with wife, toddler, infant and dog, MacDonald sets out to observe the continent’s uncommon creatures while navigating the tribulations of back-road travel and vacations with young children. In California, the family camps in the brutally hot Mojave, where MacDonald hopes to see a rare desert tortoise. And in Churchill, Manitoba, he seeks out the dwindling polar bears and meets them at a closer proximity than he had imagined.
Along the way, MacDonald offers fascinating details about the natural history of the animals he seeks and offers insight into the threats they face, such as overpopulation, commercial fishing, and climate change, that are driving them towards extinction.
Sharing the adventure of a lifetime for wildlife lovers, The Endangered Species Road Trip offers an engaging exploration of family dynamics, life on the road, and the natural history of a vast continent.
Cameron MacDonald has worked as a wildlife biologist across North America. His writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Georgia Straight, and elsewhere. He lives in Vancouver, B.C/
Holly Hughes’ Sailing By Ravens
Saturday, April 12, 7pm
Using a variety of poetic forms, former Alaskan salmon gillnetter, mariner, and naturalist Holly J. Hughes deftly explores how we find our way, at sea, in love, and in life.
Hughes draws from more than 30 seasons working at sea, offering a lyrical view of the history of navigation, plumbing its metaphorical richness. From the four points of the compass, Hughes navigates “the wavering, certain path” of a woman’s heart, learning to trust a deeper knowledge.
This collection offers wisdom culled from direct experience and careful attention, taking us with her in her quest to chart her own course. "How will she learn to ride the swell, let the earth curve her?" This poet's questions open us to possibilities as vast as the ocean.
Saturday, May 17th, 2014 , 3 p.m., PAC Main Stage at Western Washington University, Bellingham
"350: The Most Important Number in the World"
In the summer of 2007, Arctic ice began to melt far more rapidly than scientists had expected. Before the season was out, they'd begun to conclude that the earth was already moving past tipping points -- that indicators, from the thawing of glaciers to the spread of droughts, showed global warming was a present crisis, not a future threat. Our leading climatologists even gave us a number for the red line: 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere. That's a tough number, since we're already past it.
Bill McKibben describes not only the science of the situation, but also the inspiring global movement that he's led to help change the world's understanding of its peril, and spur the reforms necessary to get the planet back to safety. The first big global grassroots effort to involve people from every nation, McKibben's 350.org has crossed the boundaries of language and faith, and even the great gulf between rich and poor. It's become a vibrant, powerful movement for real change, and the basis for an utterly fascinating and necessary talk.
Bill McKibben is one of America's best-known environmentalists. He has written books that, over the last quarter century, have shaped public perception--and public action--on climate change, alternative energy, and the need for more localized economies.
McKibben is the founder of 350.org, the first large global grassroots climate change initiative. McKibben's seminal books include The End of Nature, widely seen as the first book on climate change for a general audience, and Deep Economy, a bold challenge to move beyond "growth" as the paramount economic ideal and to pursue prosperity in a more local direction -- an idea that is the cornerstone of much sustainability discourse today. A former New Yorker staff writer and Guggenheim Fellow, he writes for various magazines, including Rolling Stone,The Atlantic, National Geographic and The New York Review of Books.
Tickets available at the Western Box Office in April 2014