Author Jerry Dennis is Coming to Kalamazoo

Feb 19, 2015 06:43:08 PM


Kalamazoo, MI –

 Kalamazoo Public Library is proud to welcome 2015 Reading Together Author Jerry Dennis to Kalamazoo on Tuesday, March 3, 7 pm at Kalamazoo Central High School Auditorium (2432 N. Drake Rd.).  

Dennis will share his adventures and misadventures while writing The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas and will discuss the impact of the lakes on the lives of those of us who live near them. He’ll also talk about the challenges facing the lakes and some of the steps being taken to meet them. Michigan News Agency will sell copies of The Living Great Lakes at the event. Admission is free. 

Dennis will also be hosting A Conversation About the Craft and Business of Writing program at Davenport University (4123 W. Main St.) on Wednesday, March 4 at 2 pm. He will speak about his career as a writer and offer tips to aspiring authors. 

This Meet the Author event kicks off the start of this year’s Reading Together Program. A detailed list of programming and events may be found at  

The Living Great Lakes is the most complete book ever written about the history, nature and science of these remarkable lakes at the heart of North America. From the geological forces that formed them to the industrial atrocities that nearly destroyed them, to the greatest environmental success stories of our time, the lakes are portrayed in all their complexity. The book, however, is much more than just history. It is also the story of the lakes as told by biologists, fishermen, sailors, and others whom the author grew to know while traveling with them on boats and hiking with them on beaches and islands. 

The book is also a personal journey. It is the narrative of a six-week voyage through the lakes and beyond as a crewmember on a tallmasted schooner, and a memoir of a lifetime spent on and near the lakes. Through storms and fog, on remote shores and city waterfronts, the author explores the five Great Lakes in all seasons and mods and discovers that they and their connecting waters—including the Erie Canal, the Hudson River, and the East Coast from New York to Maine—offer a surprising and bountiful view of America. The result is a mediation on nature and our place in the world, a discussion and cautionary tale about the future of water resources, and a celebration of a place that is both fragile and robust, diverse, rich in history and wildlife, often misunderstood, and worthy of our attention. 

In the nearly 30 years that Jerry Dennis has earned his living as a freelance writer, he has emerged as one of America’s most celebrated writers about nature and the outdoors. His essays in such publications as Audubon, Smithsonian, Orion, and The New York Times have won many awards and are frequently reprinted and anthologized. His eleven books, including The Living Great Lakes, have appeared on national bestseller lists, been translated into five languages, and are taught in many universities and high schools. Among Jerry’s awards are the Michigan Author of the Year Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, Michigan State University’s Great Lakes Culture Award, and four Best Book of the Year awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Jerry lives with his wife Gail, near Traverse City, MI. 

About Reading Together

The purpose of Reading Together is to build a stronger community with deeper connections through the common experience of reading the same book and exploring it’s themes together. When we do that, we engage and learn, no only about ourselves, but more importantly about each other and the world around us. 

Kalamazoo Public Library leads Reading Together with the help of many visionary partners. We draw on a diverse cross-section of individuals and organizations to create a season of programs that highlight important and relevant themes of the selected book. Our partners craft opportunities to connect with the book and its themes. A variety of talented experts freely share personal history, skills and other resources to that friends, families and other community members may share the experience and benefits of reading and discussing the same book. 

Reading Together is sponsored by Friends of Kalamazoo PublicLibrary

Media Partners: MLive, WMUK and WKZO   

Partners: Alamo Drafthouse, Aspire Collaborative Services, Bronson Methodist Hospital, Davenport University, Grayling Ceramics, Great Lakes Grass, John E. Fetzer Institute, Freshwater Future, Friendship Village, KRESA, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Michigan Clean Water Corps, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan News Agency, Portage District Library, Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, Shakespeare’s Pub, Western Michigan University and Wolf Lake State Fish Hatchery

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I love that reading together program