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“The Hour of Land” – book talk by Terry Tempest Williams

Date: Saturday Sep 17, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m. -


Jesup Memorial Library will bring award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams to speak about America’s National Parks and her newest book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, a literary celebration of our national parks, what they mean to us and what we mean to them.

Through twelve carefully chosen parks, including Acadia, Williams creates a series of portraits that illuminate each place while delving into what it means to shape a place with its own history into something of our own making. Part memoir, part natural history, and part social critique, The Hour of Land is a meditation and manifesto on why wild lands matter to the soul of America.

TTW_HourOfLand_102615Kirkus Review writes that the book is “a broadly ambitious and deeply impassioned collection of essays . . . There are few nonfiction writers who can capture the essence of the American wilderness landscape as eloquently as Williams . . . her distinctive prose style is capable of conveying a deep spiritual dimension within the physical setting . . . An important, well-informed, and moving read for anyone interested in learning more about America’s national parks.” And Publisher’s Weekly writes “Williams, a longtime environmental activist, adds a meditative element to memoir as she shares her abiding love for America’s open spaces . . . In passionate and insightful prose, Williams celebrates the beauty of the American landscape while reinforcing the necessity of responsible stewardship.”

Williams is the award-winning author of fifteen books, including “Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place,” “Finding Beauty in a Broken World” and “When Women Were Birds.” Her work has been widely anthologized around the world. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah, with her husband, Brooke Williams.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of the sale price donated to the library.

For more information on Williams visit and for more information on the talk contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245 or

Location: Jesup Memorial Library
34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, Maine
Contact Name: Kayla Chagnon
Contact Phone #: 207-288-4245
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Event Sponsor(s): Jesup Memorial Library Sherman’s Books & Stationery 

This is a free event.

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