Third Place Books welcomes local nature writer Heather Durham, author of Going Feral, to our Lake Forest Park store. Durham will be discussing her latest work, Wolf Tree: An Ecopsychological Memoir in Essays, in conversation with award-winning ecophilosopher Lyanda Lynn Haupt. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.
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In this memoir-in-essays, Durham melds her backgrounds in psychology and ecology to examine her relationships with resonant landscapes, animals, and human animals, and the myriad environmental, physiological, and cultural factors that inform those relationships. In lyric or more traditional personal essays, linear narratives or meandering musings, each exploration builds on the one before, quilting together a patchwork terrain of ruminations, insights, and ever more questions that comprise the examined life of an earthling. Free-ranging with a pack of feral children on a suburban Connecticut farm; communing with water in the churning seas of the Atlantic, then Pacific, in New England lakes and Pacific Northwest rivers; stalking fire in sunshine, flames, and blood; learning the language of the birds; digging for roots and carving spoons; feeding raccoons, ravens, and ultimately herself; tracking bears, wolves and a gang of wild humans; Durham follows threads of consciousness, solitude vs. escapism, ecophysiology, spirituality, mental health, and the difficulties and rewards of connecting with all those outside our own skins. Wolf Tree invites readers on an intimate journey deep into the quiet heart of an interior landscape on a path that ultimately leads back to the vibrant richness of external communities.
“Wolf Tree is magic; not in the manner of the wide-eyed crystal-kisser, but vibrant and gritty, fecund and restrained, and layered with a forest floor of metaphor and experience revealed from a life lived engulfed in it. She reminds us we humans are noisy animals but then, time and again, reveals the truths we may discover if we approach the world, like so many of our relatives do, in silence. This is a holy book.”
—Chris LaTray, author of One-Sentence Journal
“Wow. That is the word I spoke aloud over and over while reading Wolf Tree. Durham’s new book is nine kinds of beautiful. Fearless, authentic, raw, glistening, intense, wondering, wandering, untethered, highly original. Wolf Tree is nothing short of stunning.”
—Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit
“Wolf Tree is a richly textured mosaic...Through a striking, openly vulnerable, and deeply personal examination of many kinds of relationships runs a tension between solitude and community. As she travels between the unpredictable, often fraught company of other people and the balm of wilderness, Durham wonders, Where, and how, might I belong? In these pages, we are able to live those questions and their accompanying aches and pleasures. Like the sea glass Durham ponders, this book is a true gift.”
—Derek Sheffield, author of Not for Luck
Heather Durham grew up in New England, wandered widely, and now finds herself rooting firmly in the land of ravens and salmon, amidst the towering cedars and moody mists of the Pacific Northwest. She holds a bachelor of arts in psychology, a master of science in ecology, and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction. Her essays have been published in a variety of literary journals and her first nature memoir, Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust, was named a Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in nature writing. After holding a variety of jobs around the country from park ranger to field biologist, massage therapist to restoration ecologist, Heather currently works behind the scenes at Wilderness Awareness School.
Lyanda Lynn Haupt is an award-winning author, naturalist, ecophilosopher, and speaker whose writing is at the forefront of the movement to connect people with nature and wildness in their everyday lives. Her newest book is Rooted: Life at the Crossroads of Science, Nature, and Spirit (Little, Brown Spark 2021). Lyanda’s previous books include: Mozart’s Starling (Little, Brown, April, 2017), winner of the Washington State Book Award; The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild, finalist for the Orion Book Award; and Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds, winner of the Washington State Book Award. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Orion, Discover, Utne, LA Times, Times Literary Supplement, Image, Huffington Post, Wild Earth, and Conservation Biology Journal. She lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter, a mixed backyard chicken flock, and Carmen the starling, featured in her newest book. (Photo credit: Tom Furtwangler)
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