Book Talk and Signing with Nick Neely / Coast Range: A Collection from the Pacific Edge

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The Booksmith
7:30 PM
Literary, Sports & Recreation, Author Appearance, Hiking


Coast: the edge of land, or conversely the edge of sea. Range: a measure between limits, or the scope or territory of a thing. Coast Range, the debut collection of essays from writer Nick Neely, meticulously and thoughtfully dwells on these intersections and much more. The book’s title refers to the region in which these essays are set: the California and Oregon coastal ranges, where Neely spent six months living off-the-grid. In deeply moving prose equal parts exhilarating and pensive, each essay explores an iconic organism (a few geologic), so that, on the whole, the collection becomes a curiosity cabinet that freshly embodies this Pacific Northwest landscape.

“Nick Neely is a searcher and, lucky for us, a collector as well. Coast Range is his collection, his ‘open-air curiosity cabinet,’ full of newts, agates, madrones, mushrooms, coyote, salmon, paw prints, bones and beautiful sentences. He is a precise writer and his essays are brilliant in the shining sense. But as well as being an accurate observer of the natural world, he is an exuberant participant, and we are both pulled in and lifted up by his generous, buoyant and ever-curious spirit. An important book, and one full of life and joy.” — David Gessner, author of All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West


Nick Neely grew up in Portola Valley, California, where he spent his youth roaming the oak, chaparral, and redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains. He holds an MA in Literature and the Environment from the University of Nevada, Reno, and MFAs in nonfiction and poetry from Hunter College and Columbia University. His essays, articles, and poems are published or forthcoming in Kenyon Review, The Threepenny Review, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, Harvard Review, Ectone, Orion, Ninth Letter, River Teeth, Audobon, and Mother Jones. He is the recipient of the PEN/Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, the 2015 John Burroughs Nature Essay Award, and the UC Berkeley 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship. He lives in Hailey, Idaho, with his wife, the painter Sarah Bird.

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