Bernard Quetchenbach’s Accidental Gravity


MSU-Billings professor, poet and essayist Bernard Quetchenbach brings his collection of nature writing to Livingston’s Elk River Books on Thursday, November 2.

Accidental Gravity: Residents, Travelers, and the Landscape of Memory moves from Upstate New York to the Western United States; from golf-course geese in the suburban East to the wild lands of the Greater Yellowstone area, engaging with the realities of wildfire, invasive species and ever-increasing numbers of tourists in the context of climate change.

“Accidental Gravity represents an important contribution to American nature writing,” writes Sydney Landon Plum, author of Solitary Goose. “Quetchenbach’s wonderfully crafted essays are a lyric nudge in a new direction. The genre has for too long been constrained such that only the voices of those rooted in a specific place have been heard and canonized. This has silenced or marginalized at least one generation of contemporary writers who, due to the socioeconomic trends of late 20th century America, have never been able to put down roots in one, dear place. This collection boldly opens the door for an insurgence.”

The free event begins at 7 p.m. upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N. Main St. in Livingston, and will be followed by a book signing and reception. For more information, call 333-2330.

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