The Story of My Heart at Simms Center for the Performing Arts, Albuquerque (Albuquerque Academy)
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The Story of My Heart

Saturday Dec 13, 2014

6400 Wyoming Blvd NE (Albuquerque Academy)
Albuquerque, NM

Phone: 828-3207
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FREE, registration required


Bookworks Albuquerque
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A discussion with Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams about Richard Jefferies' book and how it inspired them.


In partnership with Bookworks, Community Academy is pleased to present Terry Tempest Williams and Brooke Williams in Conversation: The Story of My Heart. Brooke and Terry Tempest Williams came across a copy of British nature writer Richard Jefferies’ The Story of My Heart in a small Maine bookstore. The beautiful volume in­trigued the couple and inspired a journey: they traveled to England in order to learn more about the 19th Century nature essayist, to wander the countryside which so inspired and captivated him. Delving into this love letter to nature strengthened and refreshed Terry and Brooke’s relationship with each other and with the natural world. Originally published in 1883, The Story of My Heart explores the existence of a “soul-life” as Jefferies experienced while wandering in England. In essays alongside Jefferies’ original work, Brooke and Terry Tempest Williams contemplate dilemmas of modernity, the intrinsic need for wildness, and what it means to be human in the 21st century. Terry Tempest Williams Terry Tempest Williams is the author of fourteen books including Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; and most recently, When Women Were Birds. Re­cipient of John Simon Guggenheim and Lannan Literary Fellowships in creative nonfiction, she is the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in the Environmental Humanities Gradu­ate Program at the University of Utah. Her work has been anthologized and translated worldwide. Brooke Williams has spent thirty years advocating for wildness, most recently with the Southern Utah Wilder­ness Alliance and as the Executive Director of the Murie Center in Moose, Wyoming. He holds an MBA in Sustain­able Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and a Biology degree from the University of Utah. He’s writ­ten four books including Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness, and dozens of articles. He is involved in The Great West Institute, a think tank exploring expansion and innovation in the conservation movement and is currently working on a book about ground-truthing. Terry and Brooke have been married since 1975. They live with their dogs in Jackson, Wyoming, and Castle Val­ley, Utah. Bookworks will be selling copies of The Story of My Heart and other publications by both authors at this event. The authors will sign copies following the presentation.

See also: Arts Feature

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