This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the bookshop.
Join authors Scott Graham and Chip Ward for “Fiction as a Force for the Environment,” a discussion on the benefits and drawbacks of using fiction and the universal truths of storytelling to address today’s environmental challenges.
Scott Graham’s National Park Mystery Series aims to introduce readers to environmental and social-justice issues through the mystery genre. While aiming to be entertaining first and foremost, woven into the plot of each is the story of an issue specific to that book’s park and regional setting, including the desecration of ancient burial grounds in Canyon Sacrifice, set in Grand Canyon National Park; climate-related forest decline in Mountain Rampage, set in Rocky Mountain National Park; and species eradication in Yellowstone Standoff. The latest in the series, this year’s Yosemite Fall, addresses the modern-day repercussions associated with the 1850s genocide of indigenous peoples in post-Gold Rush California through a murder mystery set amid the modern rock-climbing community in legendary Camp 4, in the heart on Yosemite Valley.
Chip Ward’s novel Stony Mesa Sagas is his first foray from nonfiction to fiction writing. As a career librarian, Ward learned that humans are hard-wired for narrative, and as a grassroots organizer he regularly encouraged others to let their personal stories carry their messages about the intimate link between a healthy environment and personal wellbeing. Even so, Ward was surprised by the power of storytelling and how much his novel resonated with readers on cultural conflicts in today’s American West.