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Earth’s Wild Music

Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World

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ON SALE: February 16, 2021 | Hardcover | 272 pages | ISBN 9781640093676

At once joyous and somber, this thoughtful gathering of new and selected essays spans Kathleen Dean Moore’s distinguished career as a tireless advocate for environmental activism in the face of climate change.

In her newest collection, Moore selects essays that celebrate the music of the natural world as a reminder of what can be taken from us–the yowl of wolves, tick of barnacles, laughter of children, shriek of falling mountains. Alongside these selections are brand new essays born from the sorrow and iniquity of this new age of extinction, all bearing witness to the glories of this world and the sins against it. Each group of essays moves, as Moore herself has been moved, from celebration to lamentation to bewilderment to the determination to act.

In Earth’s Wild Music, Moore reminds us that whatever is left of the planet after its pillaging is the world in which those who remain must live. Whatever genetic song-lines, whatever fragments of whale-squeal and shattered harmonies are left, that’s what evolution will have to work with. Music is the shivering urgency and exuberance of life on-going. In a time of terrible silencing, Moore asks, who will forgive us if we do not save the songs?

About Kathleen Dean Moore

KATHLEEN DEAN MOORE is best-known for her books of nature-focused essays--Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water, winner of the 1995 Pacific Northwest Book Award; Holdfast: At Home in the Natural World, recipient of the 1999 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award; The Pine Island Paradox, winner of the 2004 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction; and Wild Comfort, finalist for the same award. Her most recent publication is Great Tide Rising (Counterpoint 2016). Moore writes from a small cabin where two creeks and a bear trail meet a tidal cove on Chichagof Island, Alaska.

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