Bob Pyle’s Big Year in Washington – 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Corbin Art Center, 507 W. 7th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204
Independent scholar, biologist and writer Bob Pyle will read from his new novel, Magdalena Mountain in an appearance with the Spokane Chapter of the Washington Butterfly Association. He will also reflect with us on his writing experience, and his long career as a conservation advocate for butterflies and the habitats in which they live.
Lovers of good reads, wildlife, conservation causes and butterflies, above all, will not want to miss this event!
Bob holds a PhD from Yale University, and has achieved international recognition for his publications, which include peer reviewed journal articles, collections of essays and memoirs and poetry, in addition to several northwest butterfly field guides, such as Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest, National Outdoor Book Award winner for 2018, released with co-author Caitlin LaBar.
“Magdalena Mountain” is Bob’s 22nd book, but his first novel. It is a delightful romp into the high country of Colorado, into lands with which the author has become deeply familiar through years of field study dating back to his youth. Though certainly a piece of fiction, the book seems to follow some adventurous and canny young entomologists who tread Bob’s own footsteps in discovering the haunts of one of North America’s rarest and most distinctive butterflies, the all-black Magdalena Alpine. Only Bob himself could have credibly made one such hardy yet delicate alpine butterfly a literary character in its own right, in flight through the pages of this journey. Copies of this book will be available at this event. Look for some surprises in the final pages!