Stories about people and wild places usually take a familiar shape: a person enters a deep forest, say, or climbs a high mountain, or hikes a very long trail, and returns home to the city renewed. But not everyone returns to the city. Some people choose to settle full-time in small communities like Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop, Mazama, and Stehekin where wildness is close enough to see and touch every day. What value does our unique perspective offer to visitors, to society, perhaps even to the ecosystem itself? What responsibilities come with living so close?
Stehekin author and North Cascades Institute instructor Ana Maria Spagna, who is profiled in the book, will read excerpts from The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby as well as from her own books to explore these crucial questions and spur discussion.
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Photo by Brett Baunton.