Author Event!

With the perspective of a mountaineer as well as a scholar, David Gilligan presents the geological and ecological story behind the ‘beautiful scenery’ of California. Readers who have enjoyed John Muir and, more recently, John McPhee will revel in this interpretation of the dynamic rhythms that shape our planet.

-Dr. Roderick Frazier Nash, Professor Emeritus of History and Environmental Studies, UCSB, and author of Wilderness and the American Mind

Rise of the Ranges of Light: Landscapes and Change in the Mountains of California

by David Scott Gilligan

Come enjoy a reading and discussion with scholar, author and mountaineer David Gilligan on his latest book. In his own words, it’s “a continuation, or modern rendition of, and surely a tribute to Muir’s classic work The Mountains of California.”

California is a place of intense and immediate tectonic activity, varied climate, and diverse habitats, and it is a place where stunning arrays of life meet and intermingle. California is also one of the newest places on Earth, freshly hewn, young and full of vitality, a place where one can literally watch the world in the making.

Rise of the Ranges of Light combines captivating first-person narrative with science writing to tell the story of the ever-changing landscapes of California. Picking up where John Muir left off in the classic The Mountains of California, Gilligan takes the reader on a tour of California’s mountains to show how forces of expansion and contraction have manifested themselves for over five hundred million years to create everything we know.

Event details:

When: Sunday, August 12th–6:30 p.m.

Where: Spellbinder Books

What: Reading and discussion

About the Author:

David Gilligan is a naturalist and a writer. He has taught natural history courses and led exploratory wilderness expeditions for Prescott College, the Sierra Institute, and Sterling College, where he is currently a professor. His work and personal interests have taken him far afield to mountain and northern regions around the globe. His other books include The Secret Sierra, In the Years of the Mountains, and I Believe I’ll Go Canoeing.