Biophilia Book Club

Tue. Feb 11, 2020 at 6:30pm EST
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Biophilia Book Club
will discuss
Gathering Moss by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Tuesday, February 11th  
at the Frick Environmental Center

***Community Potluck dinner will begin at 6:30 with the book discussion to follow***

About the Book:

Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses.

Robin Wall Kimmerer's book is not an identification guide, nor is it a scientific treatise. Rather, it is a series of linked personal essays that will lead general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings, from salmon and hummingbirds to redwoods and rednecks. Kimmerer clearly and artfully explains the biology of mosses, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us.

Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.

Gathering Moss will appeal to a wide range of readers, from bryologists to those interested in natural history and the environment, Native Americans, and contemporary nature and science writing.


Potluck Tips:

*You are still welcome even if you don’t bring anything

*Aim to bring enough food for 6-8 people

*Bonus points for bringing your own dishes & silverware (but we have plenty here)

*Please label your ingredients so that everyone can safely participate

*Bring a friend


2020 Dates and books:

February 11th Gathering Moss: A Natural And Cultural History of Mosses – Robin Wall Kimmerer

May 12th Underland – Robert Macfarlane

August 11th Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage – Dianne D. Glave

November 10th In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World – Lauren E Oakes

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Frick Environmental Center 2005 Beechwood Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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