Literary Hook: ‘Beauty and Awe of Nature’ at Severson Dells

Severson Dells Nature Center will host “The Beauty and Awe of Nature” this weekend, Oct. 12-14. Several authors will have their books available for signing, including: Dave Foreman, Stephen Trimble, Scott Russell Sanders, Christine Swanberg and Clifford Knapp. Each author will be presenting a program, as follows:

Oct. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., University of Illinois School of Medicine—Stephen Trimble will present “Lasting Light: 125 Years of Photographers’ Stories from the Grand Canyon.” Stephen Trimble’s 20 books explore with homeland, Indian land and wild land. He has received many awards, including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for photography and conservation.

Oct. 12, 8-9 p.m., Severson Dells—Dave Foreman will present a slide lecture about “Rewilding North America,” setting out a hopeful vision. Executive director of The Rewilding Institute, he speaks widely about conservation issues and is author of several quintessential books about conservation.

Oct. 13, 8-9 p.m., Severson Dells—Scott Sanders will read from and talk about his recently published memoir, A Private History of Awe. His credentials are stellar, and he has won many prestigious literary awards.

Oct. 14, 9:45-11:15 a.m., Severson Dells—Clifford Knapp will conduct “Outdoor Activities about Beauty and Awe.” He is professor emeritus in the Teaching and Learning Department of Northern Illinois University.

Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Severson Dells—Christine Swanberg will present a writers’ workshop about “Connecting with Nature Through Writing.” Using Connections: An Anthology of the People and Land of North Central Illinois for inspiration and guidance, participants will experiment with their own writing.

For more detailed information about the presenters, as well as related events, see

Christine Swanberg is a local author.

From the Oct. 11-17, 2006, issue

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