Tom Springer to speak in Morenci 11.26.08

Written by David Green.

With the Observer publishing one day late next week, mark your calendar now for the author visit from Tom Springer.

The Michigan writer will visit Stair Public Library at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 to talk about discovering the beauties of the natural world on the farms and woodlots of the Midwest—locations often thought to be nondescript compared to the northern Michigan environment.

Springer’s book, “Looking for Hickories: the Forgotten Wildness of the Rural Midwest,” is a collection of essays under headings such as “Roots, Nuts and Branches,” “Caretakers and Characters,” “Forgotten Waters” and “Winter, Death, and Other Country Pleasures.”

The volume is described as “a fresh look at the landscape as well as the everyday lives of the people who make up the region’s small communities.”

“I’ve found that ‘Looking for Hickories’ connects well with Midwesterners who grew up with a love for local things like sassafras tea, pawpaws and hickory nuts,” Springer said. “But it’s also been popular with people who say that they don’t usually read ‘nature books.’”

The Three Rivers native works as a senior editor with the

W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek. He has written three books and has had numerous articles published in periodicals. He has also provided commentaries on National Public Radio programs.

Springer will provide time for questions and answers and he will also sell signed copies of “Looking for Hickories.”

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