Outdoor Conversations with Ana Maria Spagna
Outdoor Conversations Presents
Ana Maria Spagna- Uplake
Tuesday, October 16, 7 p.m.
About the book: For many years, Ana Maria Spagna has stayed put, mostly, in a small mountain valley at the head of a glacier-carved lake. You’re so lucky to live there, people say. She is lucky. But she is also restless. In Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going (University of Washington), she takes road trips, flies to distant cities, fantasizes about other people’s lives, and then returns home again to muse on rootedness, yearning, commitment, ambition, wonder, and love. These engaging, reflective essays celebrate the richness of it all: winter floods and summer fires, the roar of a chainsaw and a fiddle in the wilderness, long hikes and open-water swims, an injured bear, and a tree in the middle of a river. Uplake reminds us to love what we have while encouraging us to still imagine what we want.
About the author: Ana Maria Spagna lives with her wife, Laurie, in a remote community in the North Cascades accessible only by foot, boat, or float plane. In addition Uplake, she is the author of The Luckiest Scar on Earth, a novel for young people about a girl snowboarder and her activist father, and five award-winning books of nonfiction including 100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (as We Know It) a humor-infused exploration of how to live more lightly on the planet and the memoir/history Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus, winner of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. Her writing on nature, work, civil rights, and life in a small community appears regularly in magazines such as Orion, Portland, Mountain Gazette, Breckenridge, and High Country News.
About the series: The Outdoor Conversations Series shines a spotlight on authors who connect readers with the wilderness. Our goal in hosting the event is provide more connections between our community and the Idaho Outdoors. Discover new writers, both fiction and non-fiction. who will take you places you've never dreamed about and meet others who want to journey with you. This series is produced in partnership with the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation.
About our partners: The Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation is a community of wilderness minded and hardworking individuals dedicated to bringing citizens and youth to wilderness to work, live, and play. Formed in 2005, SBFC helps steward the 4 million acre Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, across Idaho and Montana. We insure recreational use by opening trails and maintaining trail connectivity. We also protect the natural conditions of wilderness ecosystems through wilderness and water quality monitoring, campsite obliteration, invasives removal and erosion mitigation.
Outdoor Conversations occur on the Third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.