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New ‘Nature & Books’ discussion series begins

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GRAFTON—The first gathering of “Nature & Books: A Monthly Discussion Series” is Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Grafton Public Library.

Co-sponsored by The Nature Museum and the Grafton Public Library, this book-discussion series will kick off with the 2019 Pulitzer Prize winner by Richard Powers, The Overstory. Powers’ novel weaves together the stories of nine Americans whose experiences with trees influence their lives and decisions in complex and fascinating ways.

The library has multiple copies of the book, available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Discussion questions and a book guide for The Overstory are available upon registration via The Nature Museum or at the library.

According to a news release, the idea for a nature-based book-discussion series originated after a conversation between Nature Museum Director Vanessa Stern and librarian Michelle Dufort about The Overstory and their mutual love of books and the natural world.

Librarian Michelle Dufort says, “The Overstory rocked my world. Not only can you learn the most amazing information about trees from the book, it makes you want to go on learning about trees, as well as discuss the book with others.”

Thus, the idea for a new program series was born.

This free program continues in March with the best-selling nonfiction title, The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wollenben; a perfect complement to The Overstory.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #548 (Wednesday, February 12, 2020). This story appeared on page B4.

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