READING & SIGNING: Michael Branch, Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness


Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness explores environmental experience in the context of parenting in western Nevada’s rugged, high-elevation Great Basin Desert. Chapters combine humor, lyricism, natural history, and reflections on raising two young daughters in an extreme desert landscape. A number of chapters have appeared in magazines that feature environmental literature, including Orion, Ecotone, Slate, Hawk and Handsaw, Whole Terrain, High Country News, and Utne Reader. Various of these chapters have also received Honorable Mention for the Pushcart Prize and been recognized as Notable Essays in The Best American Essays (three chapters), The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and The Best American Non-required Reading (a humor anthology).



"Michael Branch has been an essential figure in western letters for years. Now, in Raising Wild, he brings us an intimate look into one remarkable family's life situated deeply in their place. Whether writing of antelope or antelope squirrels, scorpions or daughters, Branch sweeps smoothly between downright mordant humor and stilling insight, through depths of fresh thought all along the way. His essays mean so much, I could enjoy reading them even upside down, or back to front."— Robert Michael Pyle, author of Sky Time in Gray's River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place.

"At last! A home for Michael Branch's joyous dispatches from the high desert, which I have long followed with delight. If you're unfamiliar with Branch, prepare for your first encounter with a singular sensibility, bracing yet affable. In part a memoir of building a unique home in an extraordinary place, in part a treatise on cultivating, protecting, and loving the wild, and each other therein, Raising Wild is a wholly defiant, tender book bristling with spirit, intelligence, and mountains of laughs." —Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn and Gold Fame Citrus.



Mike Branch is a writer, humorist, environmentalist, father, desert rat, and curmudgeon who lives with his wife and two young daughters at 6,000 feet in the remote western Great Basin Desert. His work includes five published books, one of which is the Pulitzer Prize-nominated John Muir’s Last Journey: South to the Amazon and East to Africa (Island Press). He has three new books forthcoming: Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness (Shambhala  / Roost Books, 2016), Rants from the Hill (Shambhala / Roost Books, 2017), and ‘The Best Read Naturalist’: Nature Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (co-edited with Clinton Mohs, University of Virginia Press, 2017).


Event date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
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ISBN: 9781611803457
Availability: Special Order
Published: Roost Books - August 23rd, 2016