Elk River Books welcomes author and naturalist Doug Peacock who will read excerpts from his new book, In the Shadow of the Sabertooth: A Renegade Naturalist Considers Global Warming, the First Americans and the Terrible Beasts of the Pleistocene at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6.
Peacock’s latest book explores the human experience in North America during the last great period of global warming—13,000-15,000 years ago—as a parable for our modern crisis, from the death of ancient megafauna to the disappearance of the world’s ice today. It’s a deeply personal odyssey that follows Peacock from archeological digs in Michigan and Montana, to the tiger haunted forests of Siberia, along the wild coast of the Pacific Northwest, into the rugged arroyos of Mexico and the American Southwest.
Doug Peacock is infamous as the model for Edward Abbey’s monkey-wrenching hero, George Washington Hayduke. But he’s also an acclaimed author whose books include Grizzly Years, Walking It Off, ¡Baja! and The Essential Grizzly (co-authored with Andrea Peacock). He’s a renowned grizzly bear expert and has published widely on wilderness issues.
A disabled Vietnam veteran and former Green Beret medic, Peacock was the subject of the award winning feature film, Peacock’s War, and has appeared on television programs including Good Morning America, The Today Show, the NBC Evening News, Sesame Street, the American Sportsman and Democracy Now.
David Quammen calls Peacock “an iconic figure, a secular prophet in the wildass American West. His voice is important, angry, humane and unique.” Fellow veteran and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Phil Caputo adds, “Peacock is a direct literary descendant of Thoreau, with a few genes from Audubon and his mentor, Edward Abbey… His response to the natural world is visceral, intellectual and spiritual at the same time.”
Doug Peacock’s reading will be held at the former West Side School, located at the corner of Callender and 5th in Livingston. The event is free and will be followed by a signing.