Events at Honest Dog Books
Monday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m. CST
HDB Book Club: This Brilliant Darkness
Join us for a virtual discussion about Jeff Sharlet’s This Brilliant Darkness, a visionary work of radical empathy, this collection of images and reflections is framed by the two years between his father’s heart attack and his own, a time defined by insomnia and late-night driving and the companionship of other darkness-dwellers: night bakers and last-call drinkers, frightened people and frightening people, the homeless and the lost (or merely disoriented), addicts and people on the margins.
Monday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m. CST
Author Chat with Kristin Knight Pace
Kristin Knight Pace was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated with honors from the University of Montana with a degree in photojournalism. After writing for several newspapers and magazines, she left the publishing world to lead a life worth writing about—one of adventure and hard work on the trails of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Montana and Idaho. In 2009, after a crippling divorce, she took to the road with her two dogs and drove north to Denali National Park, where her quiet life revolved around the nurturing of 10 sled dogs and the maintenance of a remote cabin. What was supposed to be a five-month stay turned into years on end, and now she has found and married the love of her life, become the lead backcountry ranger for Denali National Park, and realized her dream of running dogs through the wilderness of Alaska. Kristin finished the 2015 Yukon Quest 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race and the 2016 Iditarod. She is the author of This Much Country, a memoir about heartbreak and finding home.
Monday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. CST
HDB Book Club: This Much Country
In 2009, after a crippling divorce that left her heartbroken and directionless, Kristin decided to accept an offer to live at a friend’s cabin outside of Denali National Park in Alaska for a few months. In exchange for housing, she would take care of her friend’s eight sled dogs. (We all know where this is going. . . 😉 One of our top sellers, This Much Country is the story of renewal and transformation. It’s about journeying across a wild and unpredictable landscape and finding inner peace, courage, and a true home. It’s about pushing boundaries and overcoming paralyzing fears.
Monday,Dec. 14, 7 p.m. CST
Author Chat with Stephen Mack Jones
Stephen Mack Jones is a published poet, award-winning playwright, and recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship. He survived a number of years in advertising and marketing communications. Mr. Jones was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in Farmington Hills, outside of Detroit. His first novel, August Snow, won the Hammett Prize and the Nero Award for Literary Excellence. He was born in Lansing, Michigan, and currently lives in the suburbs of Detroit. The August Snow story continues in his second and third novels, Lives Laid Away, and Dead of Winter (May 2021).
Monday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m. CST
HDB Book Club: August Snow
We’ll start at the beginning of the August Snow suspense series with August Snow, winner of the 2018 Nero Award, Hammett Prize for Crime Fiction, a 2018 Michigan Notable Book, and a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Best Book of 2017.
August Snow is one of my favorite books that I’ve read recently, and I’m not just saying that . . . The plot just takes off . . . This book is so good, I actually put it down, and I briefly entertained the notion of moving back to Detroit.”–Nancy Pearl on NPR’s Morning Edition
Monday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. CST
Author Chat with Ben Goldfarb
Ben Goldfarb is the author of one of our bestselling books, Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter. He is an award-winning environmental journalist who covers wildlife conservation, marine science, and public lands management, as well as an accomplished fiction writer. His work has been featured in Science, Mother Jones, The Guardian, High Country News, VICE, Audubon Magazine, Modern Farmer, Orion, World Wildlife Magazine, Scientific American, Yale Environment 360, and many other publications. He holds a master of environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and is a 2018 North American Congress for Conservation Biology journalist fellow.
Monday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. CST
HDB Book Club: Eager
Let’s talk about beavers! Eager reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”–including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens–recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike than those without them.
“A marvelously humor-laced page-turner about the science of semi-aquatic rodents…. A masterpiece of a treatise on the natural world.”–The Washington Post