NW Voices Presents Author Robert Michael Pyle
10/24/2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Come join us for the first NW Voices event of the 2018-19 year on Wednesday, October 24
featuring author Robert Michael Pyle. The author of Magdalena Mountain will present a
workshop from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at LCC in Main 146 and a reading at the Longview Public
Library beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Reading Room.
In Magdalena Mountain, Robert Michael Pyle’s first and long-awaited novel, the award-winning
naturalist proves he is as at home in an imagined landscape as he is in the natural one.
At the center of this story of majesty and high mountain magic are three Magdalenas— Mary, a
woman whose uncertain journey opens the book; Magdalena Mountain, shrouded in mystery and
menace; and the all-black Magdalena alpine butterfly, the most elusive of several rare and
beautiful species found on the mountain. And high in the Colorado Rocky Mountain wilderness,
sharing the remote territory of the Erebia magdalena butterfly, lives the enigmatic Oberon, a
reluctant de facto leader of the Grove, a diverse community of monks who share a devotion to
nature. Converging in the same wilderness are October Carson, a beachcomber-wanderer in
pursuit of the alpine butterflies he collects for museums; James Mead, a young graduate student
intent upon learning the ecology of this seductive creature; and Mary Glanville, who also seeks
the butterfly but can’t remember why. While the mystery surrounding Mary takes a menacing
turn, their shared quest pulls them deeper into the high mountain wilderness, culminating in a
harrowing encounter on the stony slopes of Magdalena Mountain.
Robert Michael Pyle grew up and learned his butterflies in Colorado, where he fell in love with
the Magdalena Alpine and its high-country habitat. He took his Ph.D. in butterfly ecology at
Yale University, worked as a conservation biologist in Papua New Guinea, Oregon, and
Cambridge, and has written full-time for many years. His twenty-two books include Wintergreen
(John Burroughs Medal), Where Bigfoot Walks (Guggenheim Fellowship), and Sky Time in
Gray’s River (National Outdoor Book Award). He lives in rural southwest Washington State and
still studies butterflies.
All events are free and open to the public. Northwest Voices is funded by the Longview Public
Library and Lower Columbia College, Friends of the Longview Library, Longview Library
Foundation, and the LCC Foundation.