"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

“Home of the Long Tides”: The Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Closing Celebrations -- Part One

The first event for the EB100 finale, is “Tidal Life”: An Illustrated Talk about the Bay of Fundy, by poet and naturalist Harry Thurston. This event takes place at Alumni Theatre, Cumming Hall, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, N.S., on Friday, 30 September 2011, at 7:00 p.m. There is no admission fee.

A native of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Harry Thurston is the author of twenty books of poetry and non-fiction. Tidal Life, A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy is in print two decades after it was first published. It was the recipient of the Evelyn Richardson Prize for non-fiction. A Place Between The Tides, A Naturalist’s Reflections on the Salt Marsh, was given the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for 2005 in the United States. His New and Selected Poems, Animals Of My Own Kind, appeared from Vehicule Press (Montreal) in 2009. His most recent book is just out -- see the description below!! He is currently working on a memoir about trout fishing with his father.

Harry was involved in a recent CBC TV Land & Sea documentary about the Bay of Fundy, which you can see at this link:

The Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) is a specialized university providing technical, undergraduate and graduate education in agriculture and its related disciplines. NSAC’s high quality research and scholarship generates knowledge and solutions for healthy, sustainable societies. Diverse teaching, outreach and international activities help train future leaders for rural industries and communities in Atlantic Canada and around the world.

We are delighted that NSAC is hosting this event, because of its important place in scientific research in Nova Scotia, and its prominent education and economic role in Colchester County.

Hot off the press!
The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History
Harry Thurston’s new book, from Greystone Books
in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

We are all the more thrilled to have Harry be such a central part of the EB100 closing celebrations with the news of the publication of this new contribution to Canada’s nature and natural history canon.

An authoritative and fascinating exploration of the natural history of the east coast of North America.

The North Atlantic coast of North America—commonly known as the Atlantic Coast—extends from Newfoundland and Labrador through the Maritime Provinces and the Northeastern United States south to Cape Hatteras. This North Atlantic region belongs to the sea. The maritime influence on climate, flora, and fauna is dominant—even far inland. This is where the great northern boreal forests intermingle with the mixed coniferous-hardwood forests farther south and where the cold, iceberg-studded Labrador Current from the Arctic and the warm Gulf Stream of the tropics vie for supremacy.

Filled with stunning photographs, the book includes chapters on the geological origins of this region, the two major forest realms, and the main freshwater and marine ecosystems and also describes the flora and fauna within each of these habitats. Finally, it looks at what has been lost but also what remains of the natural heritage of the region and how that might be conserved in future.
Written by the Atlantic region’s best-known nature writer, The Atlantic Coast draws upon the most up-to-date science on the ecology of the region as well as the author’s lifetime experience as a biologist and naturalist. It is both a personal tribute and an accessible, comprehensive guide to an intriguing ecosystem.

October 2011
ISBN 978-1-55365-446-9
7 1/2" x 10"
336 pages
25 b&w illustrations, 120 colour photographs
Nature / Natural History
$45.00 CAD


Parts Two and Three of "Home of the Long Tides": The Elizabeth Bishop Centenary Closing Celebrations will be posted in this week. Stay tuned! For more information go to the EBSNS website.

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