Environmental journalist to read from new book

Oct 22nd, 2008

By Aaron Keith Harris, Greene County Dailies / Xenia Daily Gazette — read the original article here.


YELLOW SPRINGS — On Thursday, Oct. 23, environmental journalist and travel writer Peter Thomson will be reading from his new book, Sacred Sea: A Journey to Lake Baikal, at 2 p.m., at The Yellow Springs Art Council, 108 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs.

Thomson, an Antioch College alumnus, joined the fledgling National Public Radio environmental news program Living on Earth in 1991 as its founding producer and editor and helped to bring home numerous awards for the program over nearly a decade as Living On Earth’s Producer, Senior Editor, Western Bureau Chief, International and Special Projects Editor and Senior Correspondent. His reporting for Living On Earth took him to Brazil, Morocco, Alaska and many other parts of the U.S.

Sacred Sea (Oxford University Press, 2007) tells the unforgettable story of his recent travels through Russia and Siberia to Lake Baikal, a World Heritage site known as the deepest and supposedly purest body of water on earth. Naturalist Bill McKibben declares the book “an intellectual adventure,” while Russian specialist Thomas Hodge describes it as “a wandering son’s meditation on his family’s footloose history, an experienced eco-journalist’s indictment of how we squander our birthrights, and a gifted observer’s comic commentary on Americans, Russians, and most people in between.” Sacred Sea has received accolades from The New York Times, National Geographic Magazine and was named a Bookshelf Selection by the journal Natural History.

The event is free as part of Nonstop Festival Week, organized by the Nonstop Liberal Arts Institute in Yellow Springs and will be followed by a book signing at The Epic Book Shop, 118 Dayton Street.