Iris Graville "Essays from the Salish Sea" at Village Books

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Apr 09, 2022 from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Village Books, Bellingham
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After nearly thirty years living in the Salish Sea's San Juan Archipelago, Iris Graville felt compelled to write about the threats to its interwoven lattice of beauty, wildness, fragility, and relationship. In 2018-19, Graville served as the Washington State Ferries' (WSF) first Writer-in-Residence on the "Inter-island" route, traveling only among Lopez, Shaw, San Juan, and Orcas islands. As a result, this storytelling lover of the Salish Sea presents Writer in a Life Vest, thirty-six essays that explore climate change and endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, while leading readers to ask questions and find resilience, inspiration, and hope.

Iris Graville is the author of four nonfiction books including the memoir, Hiking Naked. In 2018, she was named the first “Writer-in-Residence” for the Washington State Ferries system, drafting essays as the vessel coursed among the state’s San Juan Islands. An environmental activist and a retired nurse, Iris lives with her husband on traditional Coast Salish lands, now called Lopez Island, Washington.

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