Exploring Non-Fiction: Beaverland

Exploring Non-Fiction: Beaverland

Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm
412 Main Street, Greenfield, MA

Join us at the GPL for our bi-monthly book discussion, as we explore different authors and genres, on Tuesday, September 19, at 6:30 pm in the GPL Conference Room. This month we are exploring Narrative Science with Leila Philip’s Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America.

Beaverland is a masterful work of narrative science writing, a book that highlights, through history and contemporary storytelling, how this weird rodent plays an oversized role in American history and its future. Beginning with the early trans-Atlantic trade in North America, Leila Philip traces the beaver’s profound influence on our nation’s early economy and feverish western expansion, its first corporations and multi-millionaires. In her pursuit of this weird and wonderful animal, she introduces us to people whose lives are devoted to the beaver.

What emerges is a poignant personal narrative, a startling portrait of the secretive world of the contemporary fur trade, and an engrossing ecological and historical investigation of these heroic animals who, once trapped to the point of extinction, have returned to the landscape as one of the greatest conservation stories of the 20th century.

For more information, contact Pamela McBride at librarian@greenfieldpubliclibrary.org or call (413) 772-1544.

This program, made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is free and open to the public.