Leila Philip

Friday, December 9 at 6PM

Book Launch with Author, Leila Philip
Free, reservations recommended

“Leila Philip’s Beaverland is an engaging story centered on a nerdy anti-hero, the beaver. While she states that beavers are weird, she makes a strong case that people in the beaver world are even weirder. This book weaves humor and storytelling with profound thoughts about nature. Don’t miss the beavers parachuting into the Idaho wilderness.”— Mark Kurlansky, New York Times bestselling author of Cod and Salt

Join us for the launch event of Beaverland: How One Weird Rodent Made America (Grand Central Publishing 2022) by award-winning writer Leila Philip. Beaverland is a revelatory dive into the world of the beaver: the wonderfully weird rodent that has shaped American history in often surprising ways — and may save its ecological future.

Beginning with the early trans-Atlantic trade in North America, Leila Philip traces the beaver’s profound influence on our nation’s early economy and feverish western expansion – creating America’s first corporations and multi-millionaires. What emerges is a poignant personal narrative, a startling portrait of the secretive world of the contemporary fur trade, and an engrossing ecological and historical investigation of these heroic animals who, once trapped to the point of extinction, have returned to the landscape as one of the greatest conservation success stories of the twentieth century.

Leila Philip is the author of award-winning books of narrative nonfiction that chronicle diverse, personal journeys. In The Road Through Miyama, Leila, already fluent in Japanese and a potter, traveled to Japan to apprentice to a master potter in southern Kyushu.  A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family, took her much closer to home (literally), and weaves the history of the Hudson Valley farm where she spent her childhood with a revealing account of what’s involved in cultivating orchards.  A Guggenheim Fellow, Leila has written for the Boston Globe and is a professor in the English Department at the College of the Holy Cross. 

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