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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

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 wine and hors d'œuvres, dinner and the presentation.

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.

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

Admission by donation. Co-sponsored by Skagit Land Trust

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

The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham's prestigious Mayor's Arts Award, is a radio variety show that began in January 2007. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour features a guest author and includes guest 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 announcer Rich Donnelly. The Radio Hour airs every Saturday evening at 6pm and Sunday at 9pm on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM.

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.

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

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