Submitted by Timberland Regional Library
For a sense of wonder for the beauty of the Northwest and an appreciation for its abundance of wild plants and animals, join author Dylan Tomine and Olympia artist and author Nikki McClure at the Olympia Timberland Library for a reading and discussion of Tomine’s memoir, “Closer to the Ground: An Outdoor Family’s Year on the Water, in the Woods, and at the Table.” Paper cuts by McClure grace the front and back covers of the book and, in smaller illustrations, its pages.
The presentation takes place after library hours on Wednesday, January 23 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
“Closer to the Ground” is the story of a father learning to share his love of nature with his children by exploring the natural world together as they forage, cook and eat from the woods and sea. The book takes the family through four seasons as they hunt chanterelles, fish for salmon, dig clams and gather at the kitchen table, mouths watering, to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Tomine writes with respect and humor about his love of nature and the family’s attempts to live a more nature-centric life in Puget Sound. They’re not survivalists and they don’t live off the grid, but the Tomines heat their house with wood from fallen trees, get the bulk of their food by gardening, fishing and foraging, and adjust the rhythm of their lives to the seasons.
Tomine, formerly a fly fishing guide, is now a writer, conservation advocate and blueberry farmer. His writing has appeared in The Flyfish Journal, The Drake, Golfweek, The New York Times, and numerous other publications. He lives with his family on Bainbridge Island. His website is www.dylantomine.com.
The Olympia Timberland Library is at 313 8th Avenue SE, Olympia. For more information, contact the library at (360) 352-0595 or visit www.TRL.org.