"Campfire Stories: Tales from America's National Parks and Trails" at Village Books

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Aug 10, 2023 from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
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A Nature of Writing Speaker Series event at Village Books in Bellingham - a reading from a great new book!
Dave and Ilyssa Kyu's Campfire Stories, vol. II: Tales from America's National Parks and Trails

Inspired by America's beloved national parks, Campfire Stories Volume II is a collection of modern prose, poetry, folklore, and more, featuring works from a diverse group of writers who share a deep appreciation of the natural world. Contributors represent a range of rich and diverse voices, including from the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. Award winners such as Lauret Savoy, Rae DelBianco, and Terry Tempest Williams; newer voices including Derick Lugo, Rosette Royale, and Ed Bok Lee; and even a poet laureate, Rena Priest — all share their unique perspectives on our national parks and trails. These new campfire stories revel in each park's distinct landscape and imaginatively transport the reader to the warm edge of a campfire ring.

$5 admission fee that attendees get back in the form of a $5 voucher — good for any purchase in our store that evening!


"Certain to have an immense appeal for readers with an interest in travel writing and outdoor adventures. A fun and informative read from cover to cover... an extraordinary anthology." -- Midwest Book Review

“A lively, thought-provoking collection of essays and poems that represent diverse perspectives on national parks and trails.” ― Foreword Reviews

“A thoughtful, varied collection of writing.” ― BookRiot

“A must inclusion for your camping trips or for just enjoying nature.” ― Manhattan Book Review

Ilyssa Kyu is a design researcher focused on inclusion at frog design, a global creative consultancy, and the founder of Amble, a sabbatical program for creative professionals to take time away with purpose in support of nature conservancies. Dave Kyu is a socially engaged artist, writer, and arts administrator. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the United States, he explores the creative tensions of identity, community, and public space in his work. They live with their two daughters outside of Philadelphia and are always seeking adventure and connection in the outdoors.