Magdalena Mountain with Robert Michael Pyle

NOTE: This event starts later than our regular Sunday bookstore event times.

Welcome back bookstore favorite Robert Michael Pyle on Sunday, February 17 at 4pm as he reads from his book, Magladela Mountain.

In Magdalena Mountain, Robert Michael Pyle's first and long-awaited novel, the award-winning naturalist proves he is as at home in an imagined landscape as he is in the natural one. At the center of this story of majesty and high mountain magic are three Magdalenas―Mary, a woman whose uncertain journey opens the book; Magdalena Mountain, shrouded in mystery and menace; and the all-black Magdalena alpine butterfly, the most elusive of several rare and beautiful species found on the mountain.

And high in the Colorado Rocky Mountain wilderness, sharing the remote territory of the Erebia magdalena butterfly, lives the enigmatic Oberon, a reluctant de facto leader of the Grove, a diverse community of monks who share a devotion to nature. Converging in the same wilderness are October Carson, a beachcomber-wanderer in pursuit of the alpine butterflies he collects for museums; James Mead, a young graduate student intent upon learning the ecology of this seductive creature; and Mary Glanville, who also seeks the butterfly but can't remember why. While the mystery surrounding Mary takes a menacing turn, their shared quest pulls them deeper into the high mountain wilderness, culminating in a harrowing encounter on the stony slopes of Magdalena Mountain.

About the Author

ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE grew up and learned his butterflies in Colorado, where he fell in love with the Magdalena Alpine and its high-country habitat. He took his Ph.D. in butterfly ecology at Yale University, worked as a conservation biologist in Papua New Guinea, Oregon, and Cambridge, and has written full-time for many years. His twenty-two books include Wintergreen (John Burroughs Medal), Where Bigfoot Walks (Guggenheim Fellowship), and Sky Time in Gray's River (National Outdoor Book Award). He lives in rural southwest Washington State and still studies butterflies.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Magdalena Mountain Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781640090774
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 21st, 2018

Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781619029378
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - August 15th, 2017

Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land Cover Image
By Robert Michael Pyle, David Guterson (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781940436234
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 13th, 2015

Chinook and Chanterelle Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780996858403
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Lost Horse Press - April 22nd, 2016