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Shaped by Place: A Reading of Nature Writing by Rick Van Noy & John Lane

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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June 27


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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ONSITE  | Thursday, June 27, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

We bring authors Rick Van Noy and John Lane together to read from their recent works. Connected by journeys and the shaping powers of place, Van Noy and Lane produced memoirs in which each excavates deepening and shifting layers of environmental, historical, cultural, and personal significance.

After a near-fatal stroke and a separation, amidst a global pandemic, Rick Van Noy decided to go for a paddle. In Borne by the River, he charts the story of discovery, and healing that came from this solo canoe journey. Paddling two hundred miles on the Delaware River to his boyhood home just upriver from Trenton, New Jersey, Van Noy contemplates his fate and life, as well as the simple joy of sitting in a small boat floating down a large river with his dog, Sully.

While scouting sites for geology field trips, poet and naturalist John Lane encountered deep gullies created between the Civil War and the 1930s contributed to by his mother’s tenant farming family and their rural neighbors in Piedmont South Carolina. This brush with the poor farming practices of the past leads Lane into an exploration of his own family’s complicated history and of the larger environmental forces that have shaped the region where he chooses to live. In Gullies of My People, Lane weaves memoir together with explorations of the natural world and produces a compelling and complex history of a place and its people.

Learn more and register for open classes here: https://www.ncarboretum.org/education-programs/adult-education-classes/