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The Athens-Clarke County Library and Avid Bookshop present J. Drew Lanham for his book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature. This event will take place on Friday, March 27, 2020, from 7:00-9:00 pm at The Athens-Clarke County Library and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book to get it signed by the author!
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham.
Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina--a place "easy to pass by on the way somewhere else"--has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be "the rare bird, the oddity."
By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, The Home Place
is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South--and in America today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield, South Carolina, and an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University. Lanham is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Flycatcher
, and Wilderness
, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram's Living Legacy,
and Carolina Writers at Home
, among others. He and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk's downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.
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