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Inspired by Nature: Franklin Burroughs, Merrymeeting Bay, November: How Writing Sometimes Happens
October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Franklin Burroughs taught English at Bowdoin College from 1968 until his retirement in 2002. He has written Billy Watson’s Croker Sack (1991); Horry and the Waccamaw (1992—subsequently republished as The River Home) and Confluence: Merrymeeting Bay (2006). In addition to these books, he has published a good many long essays in literary quarterlies. Two of these have been selected for the annual Best American Essays anthology; six others have received honorable mention there. In 2007, Confluence won the John Burroughs Medal, which has since 1920 been awarded annually to the best English language work of natural history. Shorter essays have appeared in The National Geographic, Outsider Magazine, Preservation Magazine, and Down East, where he has written a monthly column for the past year. His writings typically involve, in varying proportion, meditations on more or less random intersections of autobiography, human history, and natural history. His works show great skill as a keen observer of nature. He helps us share his love of our local wild places. Please join us for an engaging and fascinating evening!