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Partner Event: Skidompha Virtual Book Group reading “Eager”

December 1, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Cover of the book "Eager" by Ben Goldfarb

Join us for a discussion of Ben Goldfarb’s award-winning book

Coastal Rivers is partnering with Skidompha Library and their Monthly Virtual Nonfiction Book Group this fall for a discussion of Ben Goldfarb’s 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award winning book Eager: The surprising secret life of beavers and why they matter.

About the book

Beaver swimming with a green stick in its mouthIn Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat.

Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers” – including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens – recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. From the Nevada deserts to the Scottish highlands, Believers are now hard at work restoring these industrious rodents to their former haunts.

Eager is a powerful story about one of the world’s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. Ultimately, it’s about how we can learn to coexist, harmoniously and even beneficially, with our fellow travelers on this planet.

About Skidompha’s Virtual Nonfiction Book Group

From memoir to true crime and every topic in between, we hope to expand our horizons through monthly discussions of nonfiction books. Come join us for exciting discussions and good company!

Please email info@skidompha.org or call the library at 207-887-0919 to register.


December 1, 2022
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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