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Curt Meine: THE DRIFTLESS READER


Date: Friday, November 3
Time: 5:30 pm Reception / 6:00 Formal Address
Location: Dragonfly Books
Cost: Free!


Dragonfly Books is pleased to host a reception celebrating The Driftless Reader with editor Curt Meine on Friday, November 3 at 5:30 pm. The Driftless Reader gathers writings that highlight the unique natural and cultural history, landscape, and literature of the Driftless Area. Local contributors include David Faldet, Robert Wolf, Kevin Koch, Lauren Louise Anderson, and Carl Homstad.

Everyone is invited to enjoy catered food and wine, hear a formal address from Curt Meine, and take a closer look at The Driftless Reader (University of Wisconsin Press 2017). The reception will begin at 5:30 pm and Curt Meine will give a formal address at 6:00 pm.

Formed by ancient glaciers creating an enchanting and enigmatic landscape, the Driftless Area has been home to an astonishing variety of people: Sauk, Dakota, and Ho-Chunk villagers, Norwegian farmers and Mexican mercado owners, Dominican nuns and Buddhist monks, river raftsmen and Shakespearean actors, Cornish miners and African American barn builders, organic entrepreneurs and Hmong truck gardeners.

In The Driftless Reader, editors Curt Meine and Keefe Keeley collected more than eighty texts. In addition to local contributors, selections include writings by Black Hawk, Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aldo Leopold, David Rhodes, and many other Native people, explorers, scientists, historians, farmers, songwriters, journalists, and poets. Complemented by paintings, photographs, maps, and other images, the texts in The Driftless Reader provide a deeper appreciation for this region’s layered natural and human history.

Curt Meine is a conservation biologist and writer affiliated with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Center for Humans and Nature, International Crane Foundation, and University of Wisconsin - Madison. Meine is also the author of Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work.

What reviewers are saying about The Driftless Reader:

“A timely resource for anyone interested in the natural and cultural history of the Driftless Area. The varied texts create a kaleidoscopic portrait that shifts and reassembles with each new view that is offered.” -- Beth Lynch, Luther College
“As unique as the Driftless bioregion is, so are the writings, old and new, of our region. This land speaks clearly through these words to reflect our collective love of the Driftless, our common sense, our community spirit, and the unique characters we are.” -- George Siemon, chief executive, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative

Join Dragonfly Books to celebrate with Curt Meine and this new addition to the literature of the Driftless Area on Friday, November 3 at 5:30 pm. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase The Driftless Reader, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of the Dragonfly Books staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.


Event date: 
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
112 W Water Street
Decorah, IA 52101
The Driftless Reader Cover Image
By Keefe Keeley (Editor)
$26.95
ISBN: 9780299314804
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - September 26th, 2017

Ancient glaciers passed by the Driftless Area and waterways vein its interior, forming an enchanting, enigmatic landscape of sharp ridgetops and deep valleys.