Third Place Books welcomes Seattle naturalist and artist Kelly Brenner—author of the pandemic favorite book, Nature Obscura: A City's Hidden Natural World—to our Seward Park store! Brenner will be discussing her new book, The Naturalist at Home: Projects for Discovering the Hidden World Around Us, a beautifully illustrated collection of accessible outdoor activities for the aspiring naturalist. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.
This event will include a public signing and time for audience Q&A. Sustain our author series by purchasing a copy of the featured book!
for this in-person event
The Naturalist at Home emphasizes hands-on exploration with easy outdoor projects designed to help naturalists observe and study everything from invertebrates to mushrooms to mammals. Critically-acclaimed writer and naturalist Kelly Brenner developed these projects based on real techniques used by naturalists and scientists in the field. Easy to adapt, they are suitable for naturalists at all levels of experience and expertise.
These projects bridge the gap between sophisticated science experiments and easy nature activities and between reading about nature and experiencing it in a real and tangible way. They are simple to carry out, and naturalists can repurpose items they have at home, find them at a thrift store, or purchase inexpensive tools and materials. Detailed descriptions of organisms, along with the author’s hand-drawn illustrations, help naturalists visualize what they may discover.
Kelly Brenner is a naturalist, writer, and artist based in Seattle and the author of Nature Obscura: A City’s Hidden Natural World, a finalist for the PNBA and Washington State book awards. Her writing has appeared in Popular Science, Crosscut, National Wildlife Magazine, and The Open Notebook among others. Brenner earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon and a certificate in nonfiction writing from the University of Washington. She shares her observations of the natural world, as well as folklore, books, and poetry, on metrofieldguide.com.
Want a signed edition of the featured book, but can't make it to the event? Order through our website or over the phone, and write your request for a signature or personalization in the comments field at checkout. Please call the hosting store if you're placing your order within 24 hours of the event.
Third Place Books Events Code of Conduct: Third Place Books is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of event attendees and guest authors, during both online and in-store events. By registering for this event, you are agreeing to refrain from engaging in inappropriate behavior and harassment of any kind throughout the course of this event (i.e. racial slurs, profanity, hate speech, spam comments, etc.). Please note that any participants who engage in inappropriate behavior or harassment of any kind will be immediately ejected from the event.
For media inquiries, access inquiries, or questions about our Covid-19 policies, please email email@example.com or call our Lake Forest Park store at (206) 366-3311.