AN EVENING WITH ARTIST & NATURALIST DAVID CARROLL
With a Special Focus on His Book Trout Reflections
All who enjoy nature and especially those who fish will want to attend the Warner Historical Society’s Tory Hill Authors Series at the Warner Town Hall on July 23rd, 7pm with artist-naturalist and writer David Carroll. Carroll, who in 2006 was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (aka “Genius Grant”) is the author-illustrator of three acclaimed natural histories: The Year of the Turtle; Trout Reflections; and Swampwalkers Journal (winner of the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished nature writing) – his “wet sneaker trilogy”. These were followed by Self-Portrait with Turtles, a memoir centered on his lifelong connection with turtles and their ecologies. His fifth book, Following the Warner, A hydromancer’s Notebook, was named a finalist in non-fiction for a National Book Award in 2009.
His natural history drawings and watercolors have been on exhibit at the Currier Museum of Art. His works can be found in the collections of the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, PA.; the Dodd Archive Center at the University of CT; Connecticut College, New London, CT; the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH; and many private collections.
In addition to his own field work with turtles, David has conducted investigations for the Endangered Species programs of NH, VT, and ME, as well as such agencies as the US Environmental Agency; the National Park Service; and the USDA Forest Service.
He is an active lecturer and turtle and wetlands preservation advocate, for which he has been the recipient of an Environmental Merit Award from the US EPA; other awards include the USDA Forest Service; The International Society of Arboriculture; and the NH Audubon’s Tudor Richards Award.
The Tory Hill Authors Series is an annual summer event sponsored by the Warner Historical Society showcasing locally and nationally known authors reading and talking about their works and personal experiences. A dessert social and book signing are held following the readings. Single tickets are ten dollars or a packet of three for twenty-four dollars may be purchased at the door, on-line at www.ToryHillAuthorsSeries.com, the Warner Historical Society and MainStreet BookEnds.
New this season are activities that let the audience explore the authors’ work in more depth. Try your hand at fly-tying on July 30th after being inspired by Carroll’s musings on trout and all things natural. Come to the next author talk August 6th, 6:30pm where Tom Wessels will help us “read the forested landscape” and then join Richard Cook, Rebecca Courser and Sherry Gould on September 18th on a walk through Warner’s historic landscape.
The Warner Historical Society formed over 50 years ago to preserve, educate about and keep alive Warner’s heritage. The Society has yearly exhibits and programs in the Upton Chandler House Museum on Main Street and maintains the Lower Warner Meeting House which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.