Bryce Andrews: Down from the Mountain
Please join us to hear the captivating story of the grizzly bear Millie: her life, death, and her cubs. Told by Bryce Andrews, the author of "Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West" - this is an event for fans of nature non-fiction not to be missed!
About "Down from the Mountain":
The grizzly is one of North America’s few remaining large predators. Their range is diminished, but they’re spreading across the West again. Descending into valleys where once they were king, bears find the landscape they’d known for eons utterly changed by the new most dominant animal: humans. As the grizzlies approach, the people of the region are wary, at best, of their return.
In searing detail, award-winning writer, Montana rancher, and conservationist Bryce Andrews tells us about one such grizzly. Millie is a typical mother: strong, cunning, fiercely protective of her cubs. But raising those cubs—a challenging task in the best of times—becomes ever harder as the mountains change, the climate warms and people crowd the valleys. There are obvious dangers, like poachers, and subtle ones as well, like the corn field that draws her out of the foothills and sets her on a path toward trouble and ruin.
That trouble is where Bryce’s story intersects with Millie’s. On its surface, the collision may seem to be between a single bear and a single farm, both seeking to protect their own. But at heart, "Down from the Mountain" is a singular drama evoking a much larger one: an entangled, bloody collision between two species in the modern-day West, where shrinking wilds force man and bear into ever closer proximity.
About Bryce Andrews:
Bryce Andrews is the author of "Badluck Way", winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Reading the West Book Award for nonfiction, and a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. He works with the conservation group People and Carnivores and will appear across Montana and in Seattle on book tour.
"Andrews’ wonderful Down from the Mountain is deeply informed by personal experience and made all the stronger by his compassion and measured thoughts...$15.00ISBN: 9781476710846Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Atria Books - July 29th, 2014
"Much more than a coming-of-age story, Badluck Way is an important meditation on what it means to share space and breathe the same air as truly wild animals, and the necessary damage that can occur when boundaries are crossed" (Tom Groneberg, author of The Secret Life of Cowboys).