Author Junot Diaz talks about his book "Drown" to a packed house at The Footlight Club. Photo by Petr Metlicka
THE BOATMAN: THOREAU ON THE WATER
Friday, November 17, 2017, 7-8:30pm
Thoreau was known for Walden Pond, but in his new book The Boatman, Henry David Thoreau's River Year, Robert Thorson says he was a man of the river.
As a backyard naturalist and river enthusiast, Thoreau was keenly aware of the way humans had altered the waterways and meadows of his beloved Concord River Valley. And he recognized that he himself—a land surveyor by trade—was as complicit in these transformations as the bankers, lawyers, builders, landowners, and elected officials who were his clients.
Robert Thorson, PhD, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut, shares a compelling story of intellectual growth and scientific understanding, as Thoreau moved from anger, to lament, to acceptance of the way humans had changed the river he cherished more than Walden Pond.
Robert Thorson’s book, The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years, will be available for purchase and signing.
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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO JOINED US AT OUR EVENTS THIS PAST FALL CELEBRATING NATURALIST & SOCIAL REFORMER HENRY DAVID THOREAU'S 200TH BIRTHDAY!
A SPECIAL THANKS TO the ARNOLD ARBORETUM FOR COHOSTING OUR THOREAU EVENTS, & TO OUR JP BOOKSTORES - TRES GATOS & PAPERCUTS - FOR BEING SUCH WONDERFUL COMMUNITY PARTNERS.
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