Earth Day 2016: Events, Excerpts, and Books for Your TBR Pile

This Earth Day, we’re featuring a number of events, excerpts, and recent and forthcoming titles that span the University of Washington Press’s leading lists in environmental science and history, including books in the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books and Culture, Place, and Nature series.

Through mid-May we are partnering on a few big book launch events and hope you will join us! Looking for more in the meantime? The University of Washington is celebrating Earth Day 2016 across Seattle, Tacoma, Bothell, and beyond. Check out the UW Earth Day events page for more information. Follow #EarthDay and #EarthDay2016 for other events and activities near you!


reese-jacketOnce and Future River: Reclaiming the Duwamish
Photographs by Tom Reese
Essay by Eric Wagner
Afterword by James Rasmussen
Northwest Writers Fund

Join us for the launch event presented by Town Hall and University Book Store, as part of the Science series and Town Green:

Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m. // Great Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue), Seattle, WA 98101 // Panelists include James Rasmussen, Duwamish Tribal member and director of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, and moderator Lynda Mapes, Seattle Times environmental reporter. // BUY TICKETS

The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl
By Sarah D. Wald

Join for the book release celebration in Portland, Oregon hosted by Bark:

Sunday, May 15, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. // Bark, 351 NE 18th Ave., Portland, OR 97232 // Light refreshments provided

Pre-order books at 30% off using discount code WSH2275

Read an excerpt from the book about the history of the United Farm Workers and the modern environmental movement

Recent and forthcoming titles in the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books series:

The City Is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle
By Frederick L. Brown
Foreword by Paul S. Sutter
(October 2016)

Historian Frederick Brown explores the dynamic, troubled relationship humans have with animals and challenges us to acknowledge the role of animals of all sorts in the making and remaking of cities.

“Nothing short of pathbreaking. Brown organizes this potentially overwhelming topic into a highly influential study with remarkable grace and concision.”
—Thomas Andrews, author of Coyote Valley: Deep History in the High Rockies

Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics
By Darren Frederick Speece
Foreword by Paul S. Sutter
(October 2016)

Defending Giants explores the long history of the Redwood Wars, focusing on the ways rural Americans fought for control over both North Coast society and its forests, and how they shifted the balance of power away from Congress and into the hands of the Executive Branch.

“We need more histories of important examples of nonviolent resistance and creative campaigning and Defending Giants is a much-needed model of careful and serious reporting and analysis that fills this void. It also brings back to life the story of some of the most committed and capable environmentalists I’ve ever known, people who worked on a scale as epic as the forests they fought for.”
—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

Nuclear Reactions: Documenting American Encounters with Nuclear Energy
Edited by James W. Feldman
Foreword by Paul S. Sutter
Weyerhaeuser Environmental Classics
(November 2016)

The documents in this collection address issues such as the arms race, “mutually assured destruction,” the emergence of ecosystems ecology and the environmental movement, nuclear protests, and climate change. They raise questions about how nuclear energy shaped—and continues to shape—the contours of postwar American life.

“A concise, well-chosen collection of diverse documents. This intersection of nuclear technology, risk politics, and environmental impacts is timely.”
—Tom Wellock, historian for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming
By Joshua P. Howe

The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser
Edited by Mark W. T. Harvey

Whales and Nations: Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas
By Kurkpatrick Dorsey

Wilderburbs: Communities on Nature’s Edge
By Lincoln Bramwell

Recent and forthcoming titles in the Culture, Place, and Nature: Studies in Anthropology and Environment series:

The Nature of Whiteness: Race, Animals, and Nation in Zimbabwe
By Yuka Suzuki
(December 2016)

A fascinating account of human-animal relations and the interplay among categories of race and nature in twenty-first-century southern Africa.

“In lucid, vivid ethnography, Yuka Suzuki makes an insightful contribution to debates on race, nature, and nation. I recommend this book to anyone fascinated or appalled by the enduring romance between settler societies and (imagined) wildness.”
—David McDermott Hughes, author of Whiteness in Zimbabwe: Race, Landscape, and the Problem of Belonging

Andean Waterways: Resource Politics in Highland Peru
By Mattias Borg Rasmussen

Conjuring Property: Speculation and Environmental Futures in the Brazilian Amazon
By Jeremy M. Campbell

Forests Are Gold: Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam
By Pamela D. McElwee

Other forthcoming titles in environmental studies:

Northwest Passage: The Great Columbia River
By William Dietrich
With a new introduction by the author

“An engaging case study of a whole bundle of environmental and social issues (pollution, hydropower politics, Indian rights, resource economics) that should matter to people all over the country.”
—New York Times Book Review

“A wonderful, disturbing, and thought-provoking history of the Columbia River, Northwest Passage is a remarkable book, first of all in its scope and complexity. Here is a fine blend of natural history, of human history, and of political history.”
—Washington Post Book World

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