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Wednesdays with Writers:Sustainable Fashion, Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits; Nature Beyond Solitude

Climate awareness has morphed into all facets of our life. Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose, Renew have been “in the moment” words. Fortunately, the fashion industry is getting on board the movement as 10% of the world’s carbon emissions and 20% of the worlds’ water waste. Plus 85% of the world’s textiles end up in landfills or incinerated. How can we all be more sustainable and still be fashionable? Cynthia Brian visits her closet!

It’s Writer’s Wednesdays, and today Cynthia Brian interviews two fascinating authors:

Arthur Hoyle is a writer, educator, and independent filmmaker. His documentary films have won numerous awards and have aired on PBS. His second book, Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain, takes the reader on a journey across American history through the lives of exemplary men and women whose stories capture the spirit of their time and place and reveal the American character.

John Seibert Farnsworth is a nature writer based in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. He is renown for writing about ecology from a storyteller’s perspective with a wry humor. His book, Nature Beyond Solitude, explores the communal experience of nature at five west-coast field stations during a six-month sabbatical where I assisted with their long-term ecological studies. Taking the form of field notes, the entire book was written in-situ, both from the place and the moment where the experience took place.

Bio: Arthur Hoyle is a writer, educator, and independent filmmaker. His documentary films have won numerous awards and have aired on PBS, and he received a media grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught English, coached tennis, and served as an administrator in independent schools. He currently volunteers as a naturalist in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, leading interpretive walks on Chumash Indian culture. His portrait of America, Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain, was published March 24, 2020 by Sunbury Press. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Bio: Known for his wit and his unique perspectives on the natural world, John Seibert Farnsworth left academics to become a nature writer after 21 years in the classroom. Having studied literary natural history en route to earning his PhD, he now studies nature itself, and his approach is to write from nature rather than merely writing about it. Since being granted emeritus states from Santa Clara University in 2018, Farnsworth has authored two books, both published under the Comstock imprint of Cornell University Press. The first, Coves of Departure, narrates a decade of teaching, researching and exploring in the wilds of Baja, Mexico. His new book, Nature Beyond Solitude, provides a behind-the-scenes look at five west-coast field stations where long-term ecological studies are underway.


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