[Zoom Event] Remote by DJ Lee
Writer DJ Lee will join us to talk about her book, Remote: Finding Home in the Bitterroots, which won first place in the Idaho Writer's Guild 2020 competition and was one of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association books to watch. Her book chronicles her search for Connie Johnson, a close friend who disappeared into the Idaho wilderness in 2018. DJ will be joined by Rochelle Smith, author of So to Speak.
Purchasers will receive a signed print from wilderness photograph Dick Walker and all proceeds go to the Connie Saylor Johnson Wilderness Fund.
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About the book:
When DJ Lee's dear friend vanishes in the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana, she travels there to seek answers. The journey unexpectedly brings to an end her fifteen-year quest to uncover the buried history of her family in this remote place. Although Lee doesn't find all the answers, she comes away with a penetrating memoir that weaves her present-day story with past excursions into the region, wilderness history, and family secrets. As she grapples with wild animal stand-offs, bush plane flights in dense fog, raging forest fires, and strange characters who have come to the wilderness to seek or hide, Lee learns how she can survive emotionally and how the wilderness survives as an ecosystem. Her growing knowledge of the life cycles of salmon and wolverine, the regenerative role of fire, and Nimíipuu land practices helps her find intimacy in this remote landscape. Skillfully intertwining history, outdoor adventure, and mystery, Lee's memoir is an engaging contribution to the growing body of literature on women and wilderness and a lyrical tribute to the spiritual connection between people and the natural world.
Lee is a Regent’s Professor in the English Department, where she teaches literature and creative writing. She has published over 100 creative and scholarly works including 8 books. Her creative essays received special mention for the Pushcart Prize and were shortlisted for various literary contests including the Disquiet International Literary Prize.
As a scholar, Lee is recipient of the Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship; the Charles A. Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies; an Idaho Humanities Council Research Grant; an NEH “We the People” Collaborative Research Grant to direct the Selway-Bitterroot History Project. In addition, she has been a guest professor at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan. Lee currently a scholar-fellow at the Black Earth Institute, where she runs the Practices of Hope Reading Series. She also has an art practice and has held the Arctic Circle Artist Residency in the International Territory of Svalbard and attended the Women’s Studio Workshop.
Rochelle Smith is a librarian at the University of Idaho, in Moscow. Her essays have won first place in So to Speak nonfiction contest and other awards. She is currently working on a book about folklore.
When DJ Lee’s dear friend vanishes in the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana, she travels there to seek answers. The journey unexpectedly brings to an end her fifteen-year quest to uncover the buried history of her family in this remote place.