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David Gessner Book Signing at Ken Sanders Rare Books

July 15 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Join Ken Sanders Rare Books on July 15th for a reading and book signing with David Gessner. Gessner will be presenting his new book, Quiet Desperation, Savage Delight: Sheltering with Thoreau in the Age of Crisis. The event begins at 7pm and it’s free and open to the public.

When the pandemic struck, nature writer David Gessner turned to Thoreau, the original social distancer, for lessons on how to live. Those lessons—of learning our own backyard, rewilding, loving nature, self-reliance, and civil disobedience—hold a secret that could help save us as we face the greater crisis of climate. From his writing shack in Wilmington, North Carolina, Gessner revisits Thoreau during the height of the pandemic, when the planet’s air and water became cleaner due to lack of travel, and citizens flooded the streets in uprisings for Black lives. In the coming months and years, after the pandemic has subsided and the climate crisis intensifies, how will we make sense of these events? What stories will we tell about where we are now, where we are going, and how we have changed? In Quiet Desperation, Savage Delight: Sheltering with Thoreau in the Age of Crisis, Gessner begins answering these crucial questions with guidance and inspiration from activists, scientists, colleagues, writers, artists, family, and friends—and the singular life and work of Henry David Thoreau. You can learn more about Gessner and his work at davidgessner.net.

This event is presented by Torrey House Press and Ken Sanders Rare Books. It is made possible in part by Arts, Culture, and Events (ACE) funding from the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office.


July 15
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Ken Sanders Rare Books
268 200 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84111 United States
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