Sat, Jul 30|
Books on the Garden: The Paradise Notebooks: Essays, Poetry, and Music
Join us on Saturday, July 30 at 1pm when we are joined by authors Richard J. Nevle and Steven Nightingale to celebrate their book, The Paradise Notebooks: 90 Miles Across the Sierra Nevada.
Time & Location
Jul 30, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
San Francisco, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122, USA
About the event
Join us on Saturday, July 30 at 1pm when we are joined by authors Richard J. Nevle and Steven Nightingale to celebrate their book, The Paradise Notebooks: 90 Miles Across the Sierra Nevada, at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Our authors will be joined by singer-songwriter Deborah Levoy, for a musical performance of original songs.
Date: Saturday, July 30
Time: 1-2:30 pm
Location: Garden of Fragrance
This is a free event (minus admission to the Garden for non-SF residents), but please RSVP.
Copies of The Paradise Notebooks will be available for purchase.
Please bring blankets or chairs for sitting on the grass. Please be mindful of high chairs blocking others' view.
About the Book
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.
About the Authors
Richard J. Nevle is the deputy director of the Earth Systems Program at Stanford University and recipient of the university’s highest teaching honor.
Steven Nightingale teaches poetry in schools and universities in Nevada and California. He is the author of ten books, including the short fiction collection The Hot Climate of Promises and Grace.
About Our Featured Musician
Joining the authors will be special guest singer-songwriter Deborah Levoy, performing original songs about the wild country of the American West.
About Books on the Garden Books on the Garden is an event series collaboration between the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Green Apple Books. On the last Saturday of every month, a different literary event will take place at the SFBG with a wide variety of topics, always coinciding with and honoring nature, botanicals, and our beautiful garden setting.