The past two months, we’ve hosted the “Explore Earth” exhibit, featuring information and interactives focusing on a natural theme. As the exhibit comes to a close, two of our last events highlight observing and writing about nature – a discussion of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (Wed, Oct 19 at 6:30 PM) and our Poetry Contest (don’t forget to vote inside the Library through Tue, Oct 25). Because of that, we thought we’d share some resources that might inspire you to get outdoors, look around, and record what you observe.
The Bumper Book of Nature: A User’s Guide to the Outdoors – Stephen Moss
The Handbook of Nature Study – Anna Botsford Comstock
Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World – Julia Rothman
The Nature Handbook: A Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors – Ernest Williams, Jr.
How to Keep a Naturalist’s Notebook – Susan Leigh Tomlinson
The Practical Naturalist: Explore the Wonders of the Natural World (Audubon)
Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth (Smithsonian)
Henry Thoreau as a Model for Nature Writing
Nature Writing (online magazine for nature writers)
If you’ve been living under a rock lately (or maybe just avoiding election news), you might have missed the announcement that Bob Dylan is the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. And, if on hearing that you thought, “I didn’t know Bob Dylan wrote books,” you’re sort of right. He was chosen on the basis of his inspirational song lyrics, but he has written a book of poetry and the first volume in an autobiography. And, though the choice may be unconventional, his lasting impact – using words to prompt change – is undeniable.
Bob Dylan in America – Sean Wilentz
- A noted historian presents an assessment of Bob Dylan and his music that draws on unprecedented access to rare materials and illuminates key cultural influences.
The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia – Michael Gray
- A look at the man, his influences, and how he has influenced the world.
Chronicles, Volume 1– Bob Dylan
- The first volume of this autobiography explores the critical junctions in Dylan’s life and career.
Tangled Up in the Bible: Bob Dylan and Scripture – Michael J. Gilmour
- A look at Dylan’s lyrics through the lens of his use of elements of the Good Book.
Tarantula – Bob Dylan
- A combination of lyrics, poetry, prose from the legendary singer/songwriter.
Blood on the Tracks
Highway 61 Revisited
John Wesley Harding