Join me for an evening with Ana Maria Spagna and as we present our newest books, Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going and Raw Material: Working Wool in the West.
For many years, Ana Maria Spagna has stayed put, mostly, in a small mountain valley at the head of a glacier-carved lake. You’re so lucky to live there, people say. She is lucky. But she is also restless. In Uplake she takes road trips, flies to distant cities, fantasizes about other people’s lives, and then returns home again to muse on rootedness, yearning, commitment, ambition, wonder, and love. These engaging, reflective essays celebrate the richness of it all: winter floods and summer fires, the roar of a chainsaw and a fiddle in the wilderness, long hikes and open-water swims, an injured bear, a lost wedding ring, and a tree in the middle of a river. Uplake reminds us to love what we have while encouraging us to still imagine what we want.
Join us for a book signing and discussion, in conversation with Botanical Colors founder Kathy Hattori, and Renew’s Lilah Horwitz. We’ll talk about the origins of raw materials and natural dyes, and enjoy some wine and lite bits. Arrive early to shop gently worn Eileen Fisher clothes and Botanical Colors dye kits to start your own journey towards kitchen dyeing and a more sustainable fashion future.
Kindly RSVP to Amy DuFault at amytropolis on Instagram and @gmail.
Get Lit at Yarn Bar
Reading, Signing and Q&A | 1940 Grand Ave., Billings, MT 59102
December 1, 2018 | 1 PM
I’ll read a brief selection from my book on shearing and enjoy your questions and a lively discussion. Be sure to bring your fiber WIP!
Miles City Public Library
Reading, Signing and Q&A | 1 S. 10th St., Miles City, MT 59301
December 4, 2018 | Time TBD
I’ll read a brief selection from my book (which includes Miles City local, Ralph McWilliams, critical supplier of sheep shearing equipment and invaluable advisor). Please bring your questions and any knitting, spinning or fiber WIP.
Mendocino Wool and Fiber Mill
with the Gilbert Family
Mill Open House, Reading & Discussion | 676 S. Orchard Ave., Ukiah, CA 95482
December 15, 2018 | Time TBD
Please visit for a wool mill tour, reading, and conversation with Sarah and Matt Gilbert, whose story of starting a wool mill from scratch is a significant, gut-wrenching story in Raw Material. Roving and other fiber and textile goodies will be available for sale as well, just in time for holiday giving. Shop local and see where your fibers come from.
Books, Inc. of Berkeley
Reading, Signing and Q&A | 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710
January 8, 2019 | 7 PM
I’ll read a brief selection from my book on the ecology of regenerative agriculture, carbon farming, soil carbon sequestration, and natural fibers. I look forward to your questions and a lively discussion.
A Verb For Keeping Warm
Reading, Signing and Q&A | 6328 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94710
March 10, 2019 | 3-4:30 PM
I’ll read a brief selection from my book on the ecology of regenerative agriculture, carbon and natural fibers and dyes, and the critical role that Verb’s founder, Kristine Vejar, and her team (mentioned in my book!) have played in pioneering, local sourcing and dye practices. I look forward to your questions and a lively discussion.
Hudson Valley Textile Project Summit
Private Event | Greenwich, NY
March 19, 2019
I’ll read a brief selection from my book on shearing adventures, and discuss fiber traceability, the ecology of regenerative agriculture, and natural fibers and dyes.
AWP 2019 Panel Discussion
Back to Basics: Untangling Environmental Stories | Portland, OR
March 27-30, 2019
Ana Maria Spagna, Summer Brennen, Sharman Apt Russell, Marlenia Myers, and I will talk about environmental writing. Writing about the “environment” often means writing about basic needs–food, water, clothing, and shelter—but doing so also means tackling more complicated issues of history, politics, race, gender, and work. This panel addresses how creative nonfiction writers can craft compelling stories that embrace complexity. Panelists will address issues of cultural appropriation, scale and scope, the role of the personal, and the possibility of hope.
Bird & Beckett Books and Records
Reading, Signing and Q&A | 653 Chenery St., San Francisco, CA 94131
Sunday, November 18, 2018 | 2 PM
I’ll read a brief selection from my book, and answer questions about sheep shearing, wool, and the textile supply chain. Hope to see you there!
Warner Mountain Weavers – 2 Days, 2 Events!
Readings, Book Signings and Q&A | 459 South Main St., Cedarville, CA 96104
November 15, 2018 | 5-7 PM
November 17, 2018 | 10 AM – 12 PM + Potluck
I am so delighted to be reading in one of my most treasured places in the West, featured on the inside and outside of my book. Warner Mountain Weavers has so much to see: an indigo vat, California fabric, a dye garden – come on out! Please note that the Saturday event will be followed by a potluck. Bring your favorite dish to pass, and your fiber project to share.
Fibershed Wool Symposium
Book Signing and Wool Taster Class | Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station, CA
November 10, 2018 | 9 AM – 5 PM
I’ll be signing books sold by the fabulous, generous Point Reyes Books and teaching wool classing–with a beautiful assortment of fleece from our region–during the lunch break. Come on out, say hi, and support the vendors who will have goods for sale, many of whom are featured in my book!
Reading, Book Signing and Q&A | 3897 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114
November 7, 2018 | 7-9 PM
I’ll read a brief selection from my book, and answer questions about sheep shearing, wool, and the textile supply chain. Learn more on the ImagiKnit website.
Ann Arbor Public Library
Reading, Q&A and Knit-and-Spin-Along | 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
November 5, 2018 | 7-8:30 PM
Graciously co-sponsored by Spun yarn shop and Bookbound. I cannot wait to visit the town where I used to live (near Washtenaw Dairy) and work (the old Borders Books headquarters). I may have to read the excerpt about Zeilinger Wool in Frankenmuth on principle. Bring your knitting and spinning wheels!
University of Detroit Mercy
Reading, Book Signing and Q & A | Detroit, MI
Private Event | November 1, 2018 | 2 PM
I am deeply honored to return to my alma mater with book in hand, after earning an English degree and Certificate of Women’s Studies here.
Reading and Q&A | 4240 Cass Avenue, Suite 105, Detroit, MI 48201
November 1, 2018 | 6 PM
I am thrilled to be reading on Cass Ave., my old stomping grounds of Zoot’s and the Gold Dollar (RIP), with its own rich literary history.
Diablo Weavers Guild
Reading & Sheep to Sweater Presentation | Walnut Creek, California
October 26, 2018 | 10 AM
I’ll do a brief reading and share the story of how wool makes its way from sheep through the fiber processing chain, and into our hands as batting, roving and yarn. Learn more about the Diablo Weavers Guild here.
ImagiKnit | 3897 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94114
September 22, 2018 | 6:30-9:30 PM
Meet Twinkie Chan, author of Crocheted Abode A La Mode; Julie Weisenberger, author of Cocoknits Sweater Workshop; Carson Demers, author of Knitting Comfortably; Kyle Kunneke, author of Urban Knit Collection; and little old me whose book won’t even be out yet. But I will be signing bookplates, offering a 30% discount code for pre-ordering my book, and raffling off some of the local yarn I teach and write about. Come on out for a fun Saturday night during Vogue Knitting LIVE!
Sheep to Sweater Presentation
Valley Stitchers Guild | Pleasant Hill, California
September 4, 2018 | 10 AM – 12 PM
I’ll share shearing tales and the story of how wool makes its way from sheep through the fiber processing chain, and into our hands as batting, roving and yarn. This event is open only to Northern California Quilt Council (NCQC) members, and any members of guilds that are members of NCQC. Learn more about the Valley Stitchers Guild here.