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Special Events

The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby

Book Launch Celebrations with William Dietrich, Craig Romano and Christian Martin


Special Events Book CoverCelebrate the arrival of a new book that explores the natural and cultural history of the North Cascades in lyrical words, informative maps and awesome photographs: The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, publishing September 2014 by Braided River, a conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books.

In its colorful pages, Pulitzer Prize–winning author William Dietrich takes an imaginary hike through the region, explaining the rich natural and cultural history of the region while also examining future challenges facing this remote yet accessible ecosystem; Christian Martin profiles local folks who live, paint, write, study, recreate and educate in the North Cascades, including Fred Beckey, Saul Weisberg, Libby Mills, Bill Gaines, Molly Hashimoto and Ana Maria Spagna; prolific guidebook author Craig Romano offers routes to getting out and exploring the region, detailing day hikes, bicycle rides, paddling expeditions, ski outings, and car-camping options on both sides of the border. Other elements of this one-of-a-kind book include excerpts from Gary Snyder's 1957 fire lookout journal, an inspirational foreword by Richard Louv, essays on native peoples, early explorers and pioneers of the North Cascades, a detailed conservation timeline and bibliography, lots of maps and — last but certainly not least — inspiring color photographs by the likes of Steph Abegg, Paul Bannick, Benj Drummond, John Scurlock, Andy Porter, John D'Onofrio, Brett Baunton, Paul Bannick, Ethan Welty and Art Wolfe and many other leading nature photographers.

Learn more about the book at www.wildnearby.org.

October 10: The Mountaineers Program Center, Magnuson Park, Seattle, 6–9 pm

Come celebrate the release of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby by Braided River at The Mountaineers homebase on Lake Washington!

Inspiring speakers, stirring photography and a silent auction will transport you to the majestic peaks and lush river valleys of Washington's North Cascades.

Proceeds from the silent auction and ticket sales will help support ongoing outreach on behalf of conservation and recreation in the North Cascades.

Tickets: $10-25. Facebook RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/729243090466405.

October 11-12: North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park

This engagement begins around sunset with wine and hors d'œuvres at North Cascades Institute's historic lakeside dining hall, followed by an informal gourmet dinner of local and organic foods prepared by our renowned kitchen staff. A presentation, slideshow and facilitated discussion with our guest speakers will follow, followed by book buying and signing. After the next morning's continental breakfast, Institute naturalists offer options to get you outdoors exploring the wild and scenic neighborhood of Diablo Lake. A commuter rate is available for $75 and includes hors d'œuvres, dinner and the presentation. A cash bar with beer and wine will be available.

Tickets: $75-225

October 15: Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Auditorium, Everett Community College, Everett, 7-9 pm

Celebrate the release of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby by Braided River at the auditorium named after North Cascades National Park’s senatorial sponsor Senator Jackson, hosted by special guest Peter Jackson, Editorial Page Editor for the Everett Herald and son of Senator "Scoop" Jackson!

Admission by donation. RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/315652498606940

November 4: Twisp River Pub, Methow Valley, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
"The North Cascades: Wildness, Renewal, and Communities on the Edge” with Ana Maria Spagna

Join our friends at the Methow Conservancy for this special engagement with Institute instructor Ana Maria Spagna, a Stehekin-based writer who is also profiled in the book! More information at www.methowconservancy.org/events.

November 5: Skagit station, mt. vernon, 7-9 pm

Celebrate the release of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby with all three authors in downtown Mt. Vernon, just blocks away from the mighty Skagit River.

Admission by donation. Co-sponsored by Skagit Land Trust. RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/1559793547577991.

November 6: Heiner Theatre, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, 6:30-7:30pm
Chuckanut Radio Hour with Village Books

Join all three authors and North Cascades Institute Executive Director Saul Weisberg at WCC for a fun variety show! The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham's prestigious Mayor's Arts Award, is a radio variety show that features authors, musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, Cascadia Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, an episode of "The Bellingham Bean" serial radio comedy, and some groaner jokes by hosts Chuck & Dee Robinson and Rich Donnelly. The Radio Hour airs every Saturday evening at 6pm and Sunday at 9pm on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3 FM.

Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at Village Books and BrownPaperTickets.com. Doors open at 6:30pm, and you must be seated by 6:45pm as the show begins promptly at 7pm.

November 7-8: Painting and Sketching the Wild Nearby with Molly Hashimoto, Frye Art Museum, Seattle

In this class, students study the landscapes, flora and fauna of the North Cascades, using watercolor and portable water-based media. Specimens from this nearby wilderness such as skulls, skins, and flora are brought into the studio for study and inspiration. Hashimoto also supplies students with her own photographs and encourages students to bring their own images, as well.

Students learn about nineteenth- and early twentieth-century plein air artists including George Catlin, Thomas Moran and Abby Williams Hill. Additionally, students discover contemporary artists and outdoorspeople who continue to enjoy and preserve these wild and celebrated places. Presented in partnership with Braided River Press, the conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books, on the publication of The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby.

Register at fryemuseum.org/calendar/event/5704.

An artist and dedicated naturalist, Molly Hashimoto's most beloved places are America's parks and wild areas. When not painting or making prints, Hashimoto teaches for the North Cascades Institute and Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. She writes about art, nature, and ideas at mollyhashimoto.com.

November 7: Red Barn, Leavenworth, 7 pm

Join Wenatchee River Institute and A Book for All Seasons in welcoming author William Dietrich and wildlife biologist Bill Gaines for a presentation on the book as well as the ongoing search for elusive grizzly bears in the North Cascades. Barn Beach Reserve, a nine-acre nature sanctuary bordering the Wenatchee River and Waterfront Park, is just a short walk from downtown Leavenworth. Entrance fee is $5 for non-members/$3 for current Wenatchee River Institute members. Come early and enjoy a no-host bar along with great comraderie! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. More info at www.wenatcheeriverinstitute.org.

November 20: Mountain Loop Books and Coffee, Darrington, 6 pm

Guidebook author Craig Romano will give his insights on the best recreational opportunities in a dozen of the best regions in the North Cascades, in both British Columbia and Washington state; and lead a spirited discussion about the stewardship challenges and opportunities facing this ecosystem. Whether you’ve hiked its trails for decades, or have only just begun to get to know this place, you will learn something new about this remarkable mountain range.

March 12, 2015: Recreation Northwest Expo, Lakeway Inn, Bellingham, 7 pm

Information at www.recreationnorthwest.org/events/recreation-northwest-expo