Terry Tempest Williams will talk about “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Sept. 17. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE JESUP MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Author shares personal story of national parks



BAR HARBOR — Award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams, who turned her attention to America’s National Parks in her newest book, “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks,” a literary celebration of our national parks, what they mean to us and what we mean to them, will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

Through 12 carefully chosen parks, including Acadia National Park, Williams created a series of portraits that illuminate each place while delving into what it means to shape a place with its own history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history and part social critique, “The Hour of Land” is a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

“Kirkus Review” wrote that the book is “a broadly ambitious and deeply impassioned collection of essays … . There are few nonfiction writers who can capture the essence of the American wilderness landscape as eloquently as Williams … her distinctive prose style is capable of conveying a deep spiritual dimension within the physical setting … An important, well-informed, and moving read for anyone interested in learning more about America’s national parks.” “Publisher’s Weekly” wrote “Williams, a longtime environmental activist, adds a meditative element to memoir as she shares her abiding love for America’s open spaces … .  In passionate and insightful prose, Williams celebrates the beauty of the American landscape while reinforcing the necessity of responsible stewardship.”

Williams is the author of 15 books, including “Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place,” “Finding Beauty in a Broken World” and “When Women Were Birds.” Her work has been widely anthologized around the world. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah, with her husband, Brooke Williams. Visit www.coyoteclan.com.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of this event. Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.

 

 

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