Amy and Dave Freeman - "A Year in the Wilderness"

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Amy and Dave Freeman

Amy and Dave Freeman discuss A Year in the Wilderness: Bearing Witness in the Boundary Waters. They will be joined in conversation by Adam Morgan

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: Since its establishment as a federally protected wilderness in 1964, the Boundary Waters has been recognized as one of our nation’s natural treasures. And yet the struggle to preserve the vitality of this exceptionally beautiful and fragile place goes on. When Amy and Dave Freeman learned of toxic mining proposed within the area’s watershed, they decided to take action―by spending a year in the wilderness, and sharing their experience through video, photos, and blogs with an audience of hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens. This book tells the deeper story of their adventure in northern Minnesota: of loons whistling under a moonrise, of ice booming as it forms and cracks, of a moose and her calf swimming across a misty lake. With the magic―and urgent message―that has rallied an international audience to the campaign to save the Boundary Waters, A Year in the Wilderness is a rousing cry of witness activism and a stunning tribute to this special region.

About the authors: Amy and Dave Freeman are the authors of A Year in the Wilderness, a rousing cry of witness activism and a beautifully illustrated account of their year living in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to raise awareness about the threats of sulfide-ore copper mining. They have traveled over thirty thousand miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world’s wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. National Geographic named them Adventurers of the Year in 2014, and their images, videos, and articles have been published by a wide range of media sources from the CBC, NBC, and FOX to the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, Outside, Backpacker, Canoe and Kayak, and Minnesota Public Radio. They also run the Wilderness Classroom, an educational nonprofit organization that introduces children to wild places and unique cultures.

About the interlocutor: Adam Morgan is the editor-in-chief of the Chicago Review of Books, a weekly arts and culture columnist at Chicago magazine, and a book critic at he Minneapolis Star-Tribune. His writing has also appeared in The Guardian, Poets & Writers, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.


Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637