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Happenings at the Library

Literature of the Land Book Club

Join us for a new session of Literature of the Land, a book club hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We delve into literature related to the land and to nature, discussing topics that may range from environmental issues to the culture of food and drink, from the American dust bowl to the cinnamon trees of Southeast Asia.

Dam Nation  Monkey Wrench  The Emerald Mile

This autumn, we will read three books that examine water and the American West, including our management of it and the way it can shape our lives. We will look at water – specifically the Colorado River, and its use, through the way we legislate it, the way we fictionalize it and the way we love it.

In October, we begin with Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future. We’ll examine how water policy and the mitigation of natural resources have shaped the land and the people living on it. In November, we’ll discuss the classic, but surprisingly relevant, The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey. Abbey’s best known eco-novel, which he described as a comic extravaganza, inspired a generation of angry young activists with its fictional trip down the Colorado River. In December, we’ll conclude with The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko, which recounts the voyage of three river guides and their dory down through the Grand Canyon. More than simply a story of a fast trip down the Colorado River, Fedarko’s book details the history of the river, the men who explored it (from the conquistadors onward), the dams that alter it and the people who are devoted to it. $5. Register here. 

Discussion times:
Oct. 6 or 8, 7-8:30 p.m.: Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future
Nov. 4 or 5, 7-8:30 p.m.: The Monkey Wrench Gang
Dec. 2 or 3, 7-8:30 p.m.: The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon

Contact us at 720-865-3570 or email us at library@botanicgardens.org with any questions about our book club series.