Book Group

OPAS Book Discussion Group Returns


The OPAS Book Discussion Group returns after its summer break with a great line-up of titles to take us to the end of the year. Please join us as we resume our regular monthly schedule on Tuesday, September 24, with a discussion of the just-published book Same River Twice: The Politics of Dam Removal and River Restoration by Peter Brewitt, led by OPAS President Judi White. This book tells the story of three major Northwestern dam removals by examining the politics, people, hopes, and fears associated with the rivers and their communities. Of special interest is that one of the case studies in the book examines the dam removal on the Elwha River. A few copies of this title are available in the Dungeness River Audubon Center store; a portion of the purchase price benefits the educational activities at the Center.

In October, we will join other Clallam County book discussion groups in reading The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness in preparation for a visit by author Sy Montgomery to the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) in November. NOLS will provide free lending copies of this acclaimed book to the OPAS discussion group as part of their outreach event. The OPAS book discussion is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, with Lori Moilanen as discussion leader.

On Tuesday, November 19 (note: third Tuesday), Bruce Fryxell will lead discussion of The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future by Jim Robbins. This engaging book highlights qualities unique to birds that demonstrate how invaluable they are to humans both ecologically and spiritually. The author weaves scientific data and historical information into an eloquent explanation of why we must fight to save imperiled bird populations and the places they live for the sake of both the planet and humankind.

The OPAS Book Discussion Group meets from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Dungeness River Audubon Center (DRAC) on the fourth Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted. Links to the currently scheduled titles, book summaries, and discussion questions are posted at olympicaudubonsociety.org, under the Book Group tab. For more information contact lori_moilanen@wavecable.com.

Books on the discussion list may be available directly or via inter-library loan through your local NOLS branch. Alternatively, please consider purchase options that directly benefit OPAS or DRAC.  Titles can be purchased in multiple formats through Amazon Smiles (smile.amazon.com; select Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society or Dungeness River Audubon Center as supported charity) or ordered in print format from DRAC (which benefits their educational programs) by stopping in or calling (360) 681-4076 with your credit card information. Additional information on these purchase options is provided at the link above.

For more information on the OPAS Book Discussion Group contact Lori Moilanen (lori_moilanen@wavecable.com).

2019 OPAS BOOK DISCUSSION SCHEDULE
Date Title Discussion Leader
May 28 The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

Florence Williams (2018)

Sandy Boren
June 25 Beaks, Bones and Bird Songs: How the Struggle for Survival Has Shaped Birds and Their Behavior

Roger Lederer (2016)

Jim Karr
July – August Summer Break – No Book Group Meetings
September 24 Same River Twice: The Politics of Dam Removal and River Restoration

Peter Brewitt (2019)

Judi White
October 29 The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

Sy Montgomery (2016) (Collaboration with NOLS; author is visiting)

Lori Moilanen
November 19 The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future

Jim Robbins

Bruce Fryxell
December TBD Year-End “Books & Beverages” Celebration & 2020 Planning Lori Moilanen & Bruce Fryxell