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Writing Wild: 25 Women Who Shaped How We See the Natural World with Kathryn Aalto

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Enjoy a lecture and Q&A session with New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Aalto of Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World (published in 2020 by Timber Press).

Who are the pioneering and imaginative women who dared … to take simple walks without the chaperone of men? To pick up a pen and write under their own names? To record their protests, poetry and prose? To change history? In Writing Wild, Kathryn Aalto lyrically profiles 25 women, both historical and current, whose influential nature writing has deepened our connection to and understanding of the natural world. 

Featured writers include:

  • Dorothy Wordsworth, Susan Fenimore Cooper, Gene Stratton-Porter, Mary Austin, and Vita Sackville-West
  • Nan Shepherd, Rachel Carson, Mary Oliver, Carolyn Merchant, and Annie Dillard
  • Gretel Ehrlich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Diane Ackerman, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Lauret Savoy
  • Rebecca Solnit, Kathleen Jamie, Carolyn Finney, Helen Macdonald, and Saci Lloyd
  • Andrea Wulf, Camille T. Dungy, Elena Passarello, Amy Liptrot, and Elizabeth Rush

Part travel essay, literary biography, and cultural historyWriting Wild ventures into the landscapes and lives of extraordinary writers and encourages a new generation of women to pick up their pens, head outdoors, and start writing wild.

Kathryn Aalto is the author of three books including The New York Times bestseller, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood (2015) and Nature and Human Intervention (2011). Her third book is Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Women Who Shape How We See the Natural World (2020).  Her essays have appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Outside, Sierra, Buzzfeed, Resurgence and the Ecologist, and more. She is currently working on her fourth book at her home in England.


Register below to join this program. Participants will receive the Zoom link on the day of the event.

Registration closes at 9 am on the day of the event.

Free and open to all.

This program is made possible through a partnership with Ink Fish Books. Books are available to purchase from Ink Fish Books here or to borrow from the library here.

Event Location: 
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