that book when you are done, while utiliz- ing an important service our library system provides. They are supported by our tax money and are there for us. A favorite branch in the Triad is the Kathleen Clay Edwards Branch. This library is dedicated to conservation and education. Besides being tucked away in a wildlife preserve in the heart of Greensboro, it offers se- cluded hiking trails with hawks that fre- quently fly overhead, a butterfly field and an outdoors setting that invites you to sit on one of their rockers on the wooden front porch to sit a while and enjoy the calm amidst the chaos that is our world. Now, back to NC outdoor writers to

explore as you slow down, embracing the change of season and turn inward this winter. I’ll describe each outdoor/nature writer and you can see if you recognize who there are before learning their names. All are North Carolina based.

~This poet and writer can be forceful when first read, especially his poem, “Wolf Laurel”. He lives in Western NC and believes “nature is universal”, so is a per- fect natural metaphor that will be under-

stood by readers two hundred years from now. One of his most popular works is Rais-

ing the Dead. His fourth collection of po- ems, Above the Waterfall, a novel based in NC, and Serena, a bestseller that has been made into a movie, is also based in West- ern North Carolina. An exciting modern day local outdoor writer, poet and novelist. We hope you enjoy Ron Rash as much as we do!

~ UNCW professor and author of several books, most notably, Return of the Osprey, awarded by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year. Boston Globe says, "Return of the

Osprey is among the classics of American nature writing.” If you love first hand ac- counts of expeditions (think “Into Thin Air” by Jon Krakauer), you may like David Gessner’s (oops it’s out of the bag) “My Green Manifesto”, his personal account of a rough ride down the Charles River, “searching for the soul of a new environ- mentalism”. . If you love the West and appreciate the

forefather’s of great outdoor, nature and conservation writers, check out Gessner’s “All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner, and the American West.”

~Rivers, mountains and the sea….all ex- treme edges of nature…seem to inspire so many writers, including this next one whose personal account of his paddling trip penned in Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey Through the Heart of North Carolina grips the reader on his two hundred mile voyage from the confluence of the Haw and Deep Rivers all the way to Bald Head Island. www.googlebooks. com

He adds historical voices to the book and relates ancestry, commerce, settlement and war since the region was discovered in 1524. Also a professor at UNCW, an- other outdoor lover’s novel by the author is “Hatteras Light”, the story of the dedi- cated keepers of the Hatteras lighthouse and their tightknit community. www.ama- who is this “local” mystery au- thor? Philip Gerard.

~Our next featured NC outdoor writer


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