Announcing the Front Range Book Club!


Sorry — the Front Range Book Club has sold out. Stay tuned for it’s next series of great books!
The Rocky Mountain Land Library is excited to offer a new type of book club — a short-term club that will discuss 3-4 books on a particular topic (bees & beekeeping, nature-in-the-city, Native American literature??). We’re naming it our Front Range Book Club, because we’ll be especially focused on life where the mountains meet the plains.
Each incarnation of the Book Club will also feature an experiential component: perhaps a field trip/hike, or maybe a volunteer work day in support of a local nonprofit’s work in service to land and community.
For our first Front Range Book Club our focus will be on people & place. We’ll explore the importance of public lands through the works of Terry Tempest Williams, Lauret Savoy, and Robert Michael Pyle.
The Hour of Land : A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams
Sunday, February 25th, 1 pm to 3 pm
“In her new book, place and voice meet as never before …. Each page contains a surprise, a lesson, a story. The book is a testament to Terry Tempest Williams’s canonical place in American environmental literature, alongside Henry David Thoreau, Wallace Stegner, Edward Abbey, and Annie Dillard.” — Los Angeles Review of Books
Trace: Memory, History, Race, and The American Landscape by Lauret Savoy
Sunday, March 25th, 1 pm – 3 pm
“How does one find a home among ruins and shards?  That might be the question that leads Lauret Savoy to follow traces of life’s past in landscapes, rivers, fossils and graveyards as she works to undo the silences of our nation’s wounded history.  As an Earth historian, she reads the land with an informed eye. As a woman of mixed heritage, she reads into the land the lives of enslaved laborers and displaced tribes.  This is a work of conscience and moral conviction.  Reading it I understood how the land holds the memory of our history and how necessary it is to listen to its many voices.”
– Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit
The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland by Robert Michael Pyle
Sunday, April 29th, 1 pm – 3 pm
An engrossing memoir and eloquent portrait of place, The Thunder Tree shows how powerful the relationship between people and the natural world can be.
“When people connect with nature, it happens somewhere,” Pyle writes. “My own point of intimate contact with the land was a ditch… Without a doubt, most of the elements of my life flowed from that canal.”
Denver’s High Line Canal became the author’s place of sanctuary and play, and his birthplace as a naturalist.
What can our Bookish Volunteer Team Accomplish on Earth Day 2018?
Sunday, April 22nd
As a group, the Front Range Book Club will decide how we can give back on Earth Day. Over the next few weeks we’ll be discussing the importance of place in people’s lives. No doubt those books, and our conversations, will lead us to good service this coming Earth Day. Maybe pitch in on a public lands project nearby? Stay tuned!
Book Club Fee — $30, with proceeds going to our Public Lands Library at Buffalo Peaks Ranch, one of the Rocky Mountain Land Library’s special collections.
 To obtain copies of the Book Club’s books, contact your local bookstore or library.
Where? For our book club discussions on February 25th, March 25th, and April 29th, we will be meeting at Lighthouse Writers, 1515 Race Street, Denver, CO.
To Register for the Front Range Book Club
Simply email
With limited space in the Book Club, be sure to register early!

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