David Gessner: "How to Write on the Heels of Experience: Writing about Thoreau and the Pandemic in Real Time"

David Gessner
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021 - 2:00pm
Location: Zoom

The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A program in partnership with the Thoreau Society.

Join us in a conversation with author David Gessner and Michael Frederick, Executive Director of the Thoreau Society, as they discuss writing during the pandemic. They will discuss Gessner's approach to journaling about place and several books that he has written. Gessner will tell us about his connection with Henry and his rebellion from him in some respects. He will give the audience writing tips and ideas about building good writing habits and why writing is so vital for us all in an age of crisis. After listening to the conversation, you will be inspired to build your own book in a year.

Register on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sZyx9YX8TWagia6FGQxjdg

David Gessner: Quiet Dsperation, Savage Delight  David Gessner: Leave It As It Is  David Gessner: All the Wild that Remains

Purchase Leave It As It Is at the Thoreau Society Shop at Walden Pond. Save 10% at checkout, enter: mem1793.

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR QUIET DESPERATION, SAVAGE DELIGHT: SHELTERING WITH THOREAU IN THE AGE OF CRISIS:

“The havoc caused by the pandemic is only a mild foretaste of what climate disruption will bring, not merely for a year or two but for the foreseeable future. To imagine how we might preserve our humanity as the world unravels, you could start by reading this lively, captivating book by David Gessner. Drawn in part from his journal of what he calls ‘this endless night of a year,’ it weaves together memoir, natural history, travelogue, and literary homage to reveal a mind fully awake to our dire situation, yet able to relish birds and books, family and friends, and the living Earth.” —Scott Russell Sanders, author of The Way of Imagination

PRAISE FOR LEAVE IT AS IT IS:

"Gessner gives us a new Theodore Roosevelt for our times. As he travels through our national monuments and parks, he considers ways we can make 'America's best idea' even better, uniting the park ideal with the Native ideals behind the creation of Bears Ears National Monument. The book is a thrilling journey in nature, a history of Roosevelt and the Antiquities Act, and a rallying cry in the age of climate change." —Robert Redford

"Leave It As It Is will stretch your imagination—and it may convince you to stretch your legs in some of the remarkable terrain Roosevelt helped preserve. Theodore Roosevelt will always be a problematic character, for he was very much a man of his age. But as David Gessner shows, there are ways in which he was stretching towards the future we inhabit, and towards the past we should not have destroyed." —Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

PRAISE FOR ALL THE WILD THAT REMAINS:
 
“Gessner writes with a vividness that brings the serious ecological issues and the beauty of the land into to sharp relief. This urgent and engrossing work of journalism is sure to raise ecological awareness and steer readers to books by the authors whom it references.” —Publishers’ Weekly
 
 
The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm: A program in partnership with the Thoreau Society.
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