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Wed, 07/29/2009 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Leopold Crystal Ballroom
1224 Cornwall Avenue
98225 Bellingham

Rick BassKathleen Dean MooreHolly HughesJim Bertolino

The Chuckanut Radio Hour

With special guests, Rick Bass, Kathleen Dean Moore, Holly Hughes and Jim Bertolino

Musical Guest: Guitarist Reid Kerr

Venue:  The Crystal Ballroom of the Leopold Retirement Residence, 1224 Cornwall Ave.

Tickets: $7.50 available at Village Books or on-line at

The Chuckanut Radio Hour is Village Books' monthly radio variety show which is recorded live and features live music, the poetry corner, author interviews, and an episode of "The Bellingham Bean."  In July we're excited to welcome Rick Bass, Kathleen Dean Moore, Holly Hughes and James Bertolino. 

• Recognized as one of the foremost nature writers in America today, Rick Bass is the author of over 20 books including Where the Sea Used to Be and The Book of Yaak. He has two new titles coming out this July: The Wild Marsh: Four Seasons at Home in Montana and the paperback, Why I Came West: A Memoir


Kathleen Dean Moore is an essayist, philosophy professor, activist, and author or editor of ten books, primarily about our cultural and spiritual connections to wet, wild places.These include Riverwalking: Reflections on Moving Water and A Pine Island Paradox.


• Holly Hughes’ work has appeared in several anthologies including Beyond Forgetting (2009), Working the Sea, Come Together: Imagine Peace and The Poet’s Guide to the BirdsHer poetry chapbook Boxing the Compass won the Floating Bridge chapbook contest in 2007.


Jim Bertolino’s work has appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Notre Dame Review, and other journals. His several collections of poetry include Pocket Animals, Bar Exams and Goat-Footed Turtle, and Finding Water, Holding Stone (2009).


We ask that everyone be seated by 6:45pm for the 7:00pm recording. 

A fundraiser for the North Cascades Institute

Co-Sponsored by the Leopold Retirement Residence

Why I Came West By Rick Bass Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547237718
Availability: Not in-stock currently-usually arrives within 1-14 business days
Published: Mariner Books - July 8th, 2009

n this searching memoir, Rick Bass describes how he first fell in love with the West - as a landscape, an idea, and a way of life. Bass grew up in the suburban sprawl of Houston, attended college in Utah, and spent eight years working as a geologist in Mississippi before packing up and heading west in pursuit of something visceral and true. He found it in the remote Yaak Valley of northwestern Montana, where despite extensive logging, not a single species has gone extinct since the last Ice Age. Bass has lived in the Yaak ever since, a place of mountains, outlaws, and continual rebirth that transformed him into the writer, hunter, and activist that he is today. The West Bass found is also home to deep-rooted philosophical conflicts that set neighbor against neighbor- disputes that Bass has joined reluctantly, but necessarily, to defend and preserve the wilderness that he loves.