Litquake’s Braving the Elements: An Afternoon of Books About The Environment

Sunday Oct 11 2015   1:00 PM
Lafayette Library and Learning Center  3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. #214 , Lafayette, CA  map

Litquake comes to the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, presenting a program of panel discussions on truth, beauty, and books about the environment you live in.

Wilderness Where You Find It, 1:00PM

Wilderness is personal, political, historic, and threatened. Three original thinkers — Novella Carpenter, Mary Ellen Hannibal, and Jason Mark — will discuss what we talk about when we talk about wilderness, and how they connect with the wild in original and accessible ways.

Publishing California, 2:00PM

Kim Bancroft and Heyday founder Malcolm Margolin will share the revelries of oral history in a discussion of how California history has been and is being discovered, talked about, and shaped through books.

The Art and Science of the Tidepool, 3:00PM

Art and science have had a secret thing going on at least since da Vinci. Learn about the methods of photographic discernment of pattern and meaning, and how citizen science is enjoining regular people to observe, record, and protect the natural world. Featuring Josie Iselin and Rebecca Johnson.

Rendering Landscapes, 4:00PM

Laura Cunningham, Tom Killion, and John Muir Laws will discuss how they create what Joseph Campbell called “aesthetic arrest,” capturing the glories of nature in deep and original ways.

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Laura CunninghamLaura Cunningham, an artist and naturalist, studied paleontology and biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked at various field biology jobs for the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other organizations, getting to know such species as the Owens Valley pupfish, the southern California steelhead trout, the Yosemite toad, and the Panamint alligator lizard. Simultaneously, she has been studying and painting California’s historic and living wildlife, flora, and unique landscapes. She lives near Death Valley National Park, where she cofounded the group Basin and Range Watch to explore the historical ecology of the desert ecosystems of California and Nevada, and to protect them. Visit her blog at

Photo by Kevin Emmerich

Tom KillionWoodcut and letterpress artist Tom Killion grew up in Marin County, California, on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, where the rugged scenery inspired him from an early age to create landscape prints strongly influenced by traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Along with publishing fine art letterpress books, Killion holds a PhD in African history from Stanford University and has taught history at several Bay Area universities. He is the founder of The Quail Press and his extensively illustrated books include 28 Views of Mount Tamalpais, The Coast of California, and Walls: A Journey Across Three Continents. Killion and Gary Snyder previously collaborated on The High Sierra of California, which was published by Heyday in 2002 and Tamalpais Walking, published in 2009. You can find out more about his artwork at  

Photo by Katsunori Yamazato

John Muir LawsJohn Muir Laws is a naturalist, educator, and artist, with degrees in conservation and resource studies from the University of California, Berkeley; in wildlife biology from the University of Montana, Missoula; and in scientific illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a 2010 Audubon TogetherGreen Conservation Leadership Fellow and has received the Terwilliger Environmental Award for outstanding service in environmental education. Visit his website at