Hybrid: Dan Chapman presents A Road Running Southward in conversation with Georgann Eubanks

Image contains the text: Dan Chapman in conversation with Georgann Eubanks. Hybrid.Sunday, Aug 21, 2022. 5 PM ET. Virtual. Next to the text are a photo of the participants and the cover of the featured book.

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Veteran Atlanta reporter Dan Chapman, distressed by sprawl-driven environmental ills in a region he loves, recreated Muir's journey to see for himself how nature has fared since Muir's time. Channeling Muir, he uses humor, keen observation, and a deep love of place to celebrate the South's natural riches. But he laments that a treasured way of life for generations of Southerners is endangered as long-simmering struggles intensify over misused and dwindling resources. Chapman seeks to discover how Southerners might balance surging population growth with protecting the natural beauty Muir found so special. Each chapter touches upon a local ecological problem--at-risk species in Mammoth Cave, coal ash in Kingston, Tennessee, climate change in the Nantahala National Forest, water wars in Georgia, aquifer depletion in Florida--that resonates across the South. Chapman delves into the region's natural history, moving between John Muir's vivid descriptions of a lush botanical paradise and the myriad environmental problems facing the South today. Along the way he talks to locals with deep ties to the land--scientists, hunters, politicians, and even a Muir impersonator--who describe the changes they've witnessed and what it will take to accommodate a fast-growing population without destroying the natural beauty and a cherished connection to nature.

A Road Running Southward is part travelogue, part environmental cri de coeur, and paints a picture of a South under siege. It is a passionate appeal, a call to action to save one of the loveliest and most biodiverse regions of the world by understanding what we have to lose if we do nothing.

Dan Chapman is a writer, reporter, and lover of the outdoors. He grew up in Washington DC and Tokyo, the son of a newspaperman and an English teacher. He worked for Congressional Quarterly, The Winston-Salem Journal, The Charlotte Observer, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has also reported from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He currently writes stories about conservation in the South for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Georgann Eubanks is a writer and Emmy-winning documentarian. Her most recent books are The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year and Saving the Wild South:The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction.

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A Road Running Southward: Following John Muir's Journey through an Endangered Land By Dan Chapman Cover Image
ISBN: 9781642831948
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Island Press - May 26th, 2022

Saving the Wild South: The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction By Georgann Eubanks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469664903
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - October 19th, 2021

The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods Through the Year By Georgann Eubanks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781469666150
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Carolina Press - August 1st, 2021

SKU: x672389