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Dean King With Guardians Of The Valley: John Muir And The Friendship That Saved Yosemite

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With support from: Lowell Institute
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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

The dramatic and uplifting story of legendary outdoorsman and conservationist JohnMuir’s quest to protect one of America’s most magnificent landscapes, Yosemite.

Everybody needs beauty, as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” —John Muir

In this portrait of a place, a time, and a movement, the bestselling author Dean King takes us behind the scenes, to the beginning of America’s love affair with Yosemite Valley. In June of 1889 in San Francisco, John Muir—iconic environmentalist, writer, and philosopher—met face-to-face with his longtime editor Robert Underwood Johnson, an elegant and influential figure at The Century magazine. Before long, the pair ventured to Yosemite Valley, the magnificent site Muir had visited twenty years earlier. There, they confronted a shocking vision, as predatory mining, tourism, and logging industries had plundered and defaced “the grandest of all the special temples of Nature.” The rest is history: that watershed moment led to the creation of Yosemite National Park, and launched an environmental battle that at once captivated the nation and ushered in the beginning of the American environmental movement. Join us for King’s illustrated presentation of his riveting new book, Guardians of the Valley, “a rich, enjoyable excursion into a seminal period in environmental history.” (The Wall Street Journal)

Dean King is an award-winning author of ten nonfiction books, including Skeletons on the Zahara, Unbound, Patrick O’Brian: A Life Revealed, and The Feud_. His writing has appeared in _Granta, Garden & Gun_, _National Geographic Adventure, Outside, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journa_l, and _The New York Times_. He is the chief storyteller in two History Channel documentaries and a producer of its series _Hatfields & McCoys: White Lightning_. King has appeared on NPR’s _Talk of the Nation_, ABC’s _World News Tonight_, PBS’s _American Experience_, BBC Radio, Arte TV France/Germany, and at TEDx.

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