Rivers of Wind Book Discussion with Ben Kessler


Rivers of Wind: Reflections on Nature and Language
Book Discussion with the Author, Ben Kessler
Sunday, June 12, 5pm to 6:30pm
at Ecovillage Charlottesville, 480 Rio Rd. E, Charlottesville, VA
Followed by a potluck dinner

Ben Kessler is a naturalist, artist, gardener, teacher, activist, and worker-owner of the local edible landscaping firm C’ville Foodscapes. His new collection of essays, Rivers of Wind: Reflections on Nature and Language, has just been published by ICRL Press.

Come and gather around the fire circle for a reading from Rivers of Wind followed by a conversation with Ben about cultures of place – and the past, present and future of our beautiful planet.

Ben says: “If you find extinction ecology, native and invasive species paradigms, etymology, Magic Indian stories, resistance strategies, and cultural appropriation interesting and worthy of a good communal chew, this is probably right up your alley.”

If it’s raining, we’ll gather indoors (meet inside Lochlyn House at the top of the hill). Continue the conversation afterward! All are welcome to stay on for Ecovillage Charlottesville‘s weekly potluck at 6:30pm. Please bring a dish to share.

Questions? Please contact info@transitioncville.org.

More about Rivers of Wind

“In the midst of ecological catastrophe, indigenous persecution, and the attempted mechanization of the living world, the beauty of the earth remains defiantly vibrant. The voice of the world still speaks in tongues of wind and water, feather and flame, whether we listen or not. Alternately lyric and scientific, critical and moving, Kessler examines the relationships between nature and language, colonial and native cultures, and extinction and memory, and so presents a unique vision of our place in an ancient, fragile living world.” – From the Publisher

“Ben Kessler is that rarest and most precious of writers, one whose every word is formed and informed by a profound love for the natural world, one whose loyalty is undeniably with the world that is our and everyone else’s only home. And he’s a hell of a writer. Please read this book, and then put the book away and go outside, transformed.” – Derrick Jensen, author of ‘The Myth of Human Supremacy’

“‘The entire ancient earth thinks prodigiously / and the murmur of its great trees grows.’ Rilke’s lines kept nudging me as I pored over this manuscript. By the time I reached the end, I had the eerie sense that Kessler, a recovering biologist, was somehow channeling Thoreau (‘Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?’), Loren Eisley (‘I was water and the unspeakable alchemies that gestate and take shape in water.’), and the towering, brilliant indignation of Edward Abbey. I don’t normally hold with resurrections, but I’m making an exception with Ben Kessler. Abbey is back.” – Calvin Luther Martin, author of ‘The Way of the Human Being’

Copies of the book will be available on a sliding price scale of $15 to $25 (or barter!).

Read more and order copies of the book at www.benkesslerbooks.com.