June 26, 7PM at Back of Beyond Books: David Gessner in conversation about his new book, A TRAVELER’S GUIDE TO THE END OF THE WORLD: TALES OF FIRE, WIND, AND WATER

In A Traveler’s Guide to the End of the World, David Gessner asks what the world will be like in 2064, when his
daughter, Hadley, is the same age he was when she was born. What is the future of weather? Of heat, storms, and

fire? Today, the world is burning and the seas are rising. What was once predicted is now here. In this eye-open-
ing tour of climate hotspots, Gessner takes readers from the Gulf of Mexico to the burning American West to

New York City to the fragile Outer Banks, where homes are being swallowed by the seas. With his usual sense of
humor, compassion, and a willingness to talk to anyone, Gessner considers earth’s extremes in a story of climate
crisis that will both entertain and shake people awake to the necessity of navigating this new age together.

 

“In a sort of culmination of his writings to date, David Gessner invites us along on his journey to
the end of the world as we know it. Visiting old friends and reacquainting himself with old (and
very much changed) landmarks we see through his eyes, not just the changes wrought by current
climate change but what happened in places like Chaco Canyon, Phoenix, and the Outer Banks

hundreds of years ago. Yes, we’ve surely made a mess of things and yet, Gessner shows some pos-
sible ways forward and introduces us to people who are doing remarkable work. With his signature

humor, Gessner manages to show us the worst while helping us hope for the best. Share this with
your climate denial friends this year!” —ANNE HOLMAN, The King’s English Bookshop

Here's another epic find from our spectacular rare department!

The Earth First! Reader: Ten Years of Radical Environmentalism
By John Davis [Ed.]

Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith, 1991. Softcover. 8vo; 272 pp. Publisher’s presentation copy. Stated first edition with full number line on copyright page. Signed by Earth First! Co-founder Ron Kezar at the start of his contribution on page 50. Kezar also wrote “Leon Czolgosz,” which is the pen name he used for this particular piece instead of his usual “Bill Haywood.” Illustrated red and tan wrappers with black lettering on spine. Small tear to head of spine; minor wear to edges and joints; spine is slightly faded. Perfect binding is tight. Interior is clean. Sticker about the binding is affixed to inside of front wrapper. Includes a foreword by Dave Foreman, another co-founder of Earth First! Three items are laid in: 1) a presentation TLS from Madge Baird, editorial director of Gibbs Smith, to Kezar; 2) a postcard invitation to Edward Abbey’s memorial service, addressed to Kezar from Clarke Abbey; 3) a business card-sized announcement for an Edward Abbey reading in Prescott, Arizona in April 1988.

This book collects environmental essays from ten years of the Earth First! Journal. It features the work of over 40 writers, notably Edward Abbey, Joanna Macy, Gary Nabhan, Doug Peacock, and Gary Snyder.

EF-025036 $200

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This weeks staff pick is brought to you by Julia Buckwalter!! 

 I'm delighted to share a new dazzling work of poetry with you, Instructions for Traveling West by Joy Sullivan. Imagine an alternative universe wherein Emily Dickinson and Mary Oliver share a daughter, whose godfather was Jim Harrison. He tells her stories about mountains while she grows up playing next-door with Rupi Kaur, eventually writing her thesis on Women Who Run With the Wolves. And here you have a new modern classic! 135 poems are divided into six parts, plus an interlude:
I: Realize You're Homesick
II: Come Apart
III: Commit to the Road
Interlude: Westward, A Woman Walks
IV: Reacquaint Yourself With Desire
V: Give Grief Her Own Lullabye
VI: Remind Yourself, Joy Is Not a Trick
At approximately half a page in length each, these poems are bite-sized chunks of heart, heat, wonder and story that will both unseat and settle the soul, setting it aloft like a cloud that will fill up with meaningful rain during its journey.  Sullivan speaks of love and longing with the same care and attention as she does tomatoes and mountains, her capable eyes drawing meaning and richness from everyday living.  Her poems are expressed with the urgency of amazement, yet contain the Taoist balance of knowing while not knowing - everything I feel the above-mentioned poets and possible influences succeed in.  This book is a long, delicious drink of living words... I especially enjoyed the poems that evolved the story of Eve in the Garden of Eden. I read hungrily but found myself pausing to savor, sometimes saying out loud, "Wow." I highly recommend it!
Excerpt from Giving Notice: "Do what you should have done years ago. Let your body out to pasture. Fill your calendar with nothing but sky. Surrender to the woods. To cicadas and sap beetles. To the moths, the color of memory and dream. Wear dusk like an ancient cloak. Hurry--"

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