The Paradise Notebooks
Join Friends for our September Wild Speaker Series: "The Paradise Notebooks" on Thursday, September 1st at 7PM!
This Speaker Series will feature authors Steven Nightingale and Richard Nevle as they have a discussion about their new book: The Paradise Notebooks. We will be engaged in a guided Q and A with readings and insight from the authors from their journey across the Sierra Nevadas.
In The Paradise Notebooks, Richard Nevle and Steven Nightingale take us across the
spectacular Sierra Nevada mountain range on a journey illuminated by incandescent poetry and
fascinating fact. Over the course of twenty-one pairs of essays, Nevle and Nightingale
contemplate the natural phenomena found in the Sierra Nevada. From granite, to aspen, to
fire, to a rare, endemic species of butterfly, these essay pairs dwell lyrically in turn on the
natural history and mystical wonder of each wild element. As they weave in vignettes from
their ninety-mile backpacking trip across the range, Nevle and Nightingale powerfully
reconceive the Sierra Nevada as both earthly matter and transcendental offering.
In a time of rapid environmental degradation, The Paradise Notebooks offers a way
forward—a whole-minded, learned, loving attention to place that rekindles our joyful
relationship with the living world.
Steven Nightingale is the author of eleven books: two novels, six books of sonnets, a long essay
on the city of Granada, Spain, a book of short fiction, and his newest book, released this month,
The Paradise Notebooks. His interests include the medieval art of Spain and Italy, the wild
country of the American West, astronomy, venture capital and Emily Dickinson, whom he loves.
Tonight, you’ll also hear about his deep reverence for nature.
Richard J. Nevle is a Texas-born father, husband, teacher, naturalist, and scientist with roots on
both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. He serves as the Deputy Director of the Earth Systems
Program at Stanford University, where he is devoted to the intellectual formation of the next
generation of interdisciplinary social-environmental changemakers. Nevle has authored
numerous scientific articles, and he received Stanford’s highest teaching honor in 2018. He lives
in San José, California next to a garden full of wild things.
We will wrap up the evening with a Q&A to answer all your questions! This will be an informative chat for the whole family!
If you are interested in attending, please register in advance at the Zoom link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lf-6uqTwpHNYqDmUBUCvUZJlbNJ0z3-x8
Every first Thursday of the month at 7pm, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a local environmental expert for folks who are interested in the outdoors to learn more about hikes, local habitat, and ways to get involved with conservation efforts.