Author Talk: Julian Hoffman in Conversation with Nicholas Allen and Lisa Bayer

Julian Hoffman, author of The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World and the recently released Irreplaceable: The Fight to Save Our Wild Places (both published by the University of Georgia Press), speaks with Willson Center director Nicholas Allen and UGA Press director Lisa Bayer. Their conversation will be published on the Willson Center's website the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the opening of the Spotlight on the Arts festival. Books are available now for 30% off and free shipping from UGA Press's website with code 08SVEWLD20 at checkout.

About the Book

All across the world, irreplaceable habitats are under threat. Unique ecosystems of plants and animals are being destroyed by human intervention. From the tiny to the vast, from marshland to meadow, and from America to England, Greece, and India, they are disappearing.

Irreplaceable is not only a love letter to the haunting beauty of these landscapes and the wild species that call them home, including prairie chickens, nightingales, lynxes, hornbills, redwoods, and elephant seals, it is also a timely reminder of the vital connections between humans and nature, and all that we stand to lose in terms of wonder and well-being. This is a book about the power of resistance in an age of loss; a testament to the transformative possibilities that emerge when people come together to defend our most special places and wildlife from extinction.

Exploring treasured coral reefs and remote mountains, tropical jungle and ancient woodland, urban gardens and tallgrass prairie, Julian Hoffman traces the stories of threatened places around the globe through the voices of local communities and grassroots campaigners as well as professional ecologists and academics. And in the process, he asks what a deep emotional relationship with place offers us-culturally, socially, and psychologically. In this rigorous, intimate, and impassioned account, he presents a powerful call to arms in the face of unconscionable natural destruction.

About the Author

Hoffman is the author of The Small Heart of Things: Being at Home in a Beckoning World (Georgia), which won the 2012 AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction and the National Outdoor Book Award for Natural History Literature. He was also the winner of the Nonfiction Prize and has written for EarthLinesKyoto JournalBeloit Fiction JournalBriar Cliff ReviewFlywayRedwood Coast ReviewSilk Road Review, and Southern Humanities Review. He lives in northwestern Greece.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8:00am

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