Lauret Savoy: "The Colors of Nature"

Reposted from To the Best of Out Knowledge

Lauret Savoy

Lauret Savoy believes too many nature writers focus on pristine wilderness and neglect the gritty reality of the places where people actually live – in cities, for instance, maybe even near toxic waste sites. And writing about these places means grappling with difficult questions about race and poverty. Savoy talks with Jim Fleming about her book “The Colors of Nature.” LISTEN
You can read two chapters from the book:
Belonging to the Land” by David Mas Masumoto from The Colors of Nature (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2011). Copyright © 2002 by David Mas Masumoto.
Burning the Shelter” by Louis Owens from The Colors of Nature (Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2011). Copyright © 2002 by Louis Owens.
Shared courtesy of Milkweed Editions.

Great Books as Holiday Stocking Stuffers!

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I have to disclose up front that I am pretty biased about these three book recommendations because I am privileged to know each of the authors as partners through the development of Outdoor Afro and our shared passion for people of color and the outdoors. But aside from my excitement and gratitude for these folks, they have each produced some pretty extraordinary work well worth buying for your loved ones this holiday season.

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As many of you know, Frank and Audrey Peterman have been at the forefront of outdoor conservation and advocates for greater diversity in our National Parks. Their recent ground breaking conference energized and organized a constituency that supports more people of color to get out and enjoy our natural resources. The work of this couple, and their enlightening book, Legacy on the Land, will inspire you.

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Shelton Johnson has been with the National Parks as a ranger for decades, but his recent appearance in the Ken Burns Documentary and recent meeting with President Obama, brought his role as a conduit of historical Yosemite’s Buffalo Soldier to new audiences. His book, Glory Land, is a beautifully written historical narrative that’s fun to read aloud.
I blogged about Dudley Edmondson some months back, and since then we became good friends. But every now and then someone will come up to me with a copy of his book The Black & Brown Faces in America’s Wild Places and ask, “have you seen this before?” Well, indeed I have! And it enjoys a prominent spot on my coffee table so my guests and kids can look at amazing photos of people of color in wild spaces whenever they want.
Three different books about similar passions to engage everyone in your family. Can’t decide? Go to your local, independent book store and buy them all!