9th Ave: Katie Holten with Forrest Gander

Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 7:00pm

Cover of Katie Holten's book The Language of Trees. The cover has a black bar on top with white outlines of trees. The rest of the cover is tan, with each letter of the title individualized with a tree above each letter.
Join us on Thursday, April 6 at 7pm PT when Katie Holten joins us to celebrate her new, The Language of Trees: A Rewilding of Literature and Landscape, with Forrest Gander at 9th Ave!

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Praise for The Language of Trees
"An appealing, celebratory offering with an urgent message." - Kirkus Reviews

"Unmissable." - LitHub

"A masterpiece. Katie Holten's tree alphabet is a gift to the printed world." - Max Porter, author of Grief Is a Thing with Feathers

About The Language of Trees
Inspired by forests, trees, leaves, roots, and seeds, The Language of Trees: A Rewilding of Literature and Landscape invites readers to discover an unexpected and imaginative language to better read and write the natural world around us and reclaim our relationship with it. In this gorgeously illustrated and deeply thoughtful collection, Katie Holten gifts readers her tree alphabet and uses it to masterfully translate and illuminate beloved lost and new, original writing in praise of the natural world. With an introduction from Ross Gay, and featuring writings from over fifty contributors including Ursula K. Le Guin, Ada Limón, Robert Macfarlane, Zadie Smith, Radiohead, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, James Gleick, Elizabeth Kolbert, Plato, and Robin Wall Kimmerer, Holten illustrates each selection with an abiding love and reverence for the magic of trees. She guides readers on a journey from creation myths and cave paintings to the death of a 3,500-year-old cypress tree, from Tree Clocks in Mongolia and forest fragments in the Amazon to the language of fossil poetry, unearthing a new way to see the natural beauty all around us and an urgent reminder of what could happen if we allow it to slip away.

The Language of Trees considers our relationship with literature and landscape, resulting in an astonishing fusion of storytelling and art and a deeply beautiful celebration of trees through the ages.

About Katie Holten
Katie Holten
 is an artist and activist. In 2003, she represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. She has had solo exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Nevada Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Her drawings investigate the tangled relationships between humans and the natural world. She has created Tree Alphabets, a Stone Alphabet, and a Wildflower Alphabet to share the joy she finds in her love of the more-than-human world. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesArtforum, and frieze. She is a visiting lecturer at the New School of the Anthropocene. If she could be a tree, she would be an Oak.

About Forrest Gander

Born in the Mojave Desert in Barstow, Califorina, Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia. The author of numerous other books of poetry, including Redstart: An Ecological Poetics and Science & Steepleflower, Gander also writes novels (As a Friend; The Trace), essays (A Faithful Existence) and translates. Recent translations include It Must Be a Misunderstanding by Coral Bracho, Names and Rivers by Shuri Kido, and Then Come Back: the Lost Neruda Poems. Gander's book Be With was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize. His books have been translated and published in more than a dozen other languages. Forrest holds degrees in both Geology and English Literature. He now lives in northern California with his wife, the artist Ashwini Bhat.

The Language of Trees: A Rewilding of Literature and Landscape By Katie Holten, Ross Gay (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Katie Holten, Ross Gay (Introduction by)
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ISBN: 9781953534682
Published: Tin House Books - April 4th, 2023


"Inspiring. . . . insights that are scientific, intimate and surprising. . . . a call to action for those who still care."—The Washington Post

Knot By Forrest Gander, Jack Shear (Photographer) Cover Image
By Forrest Gander, Jack Shear (Photographer)
ISBN: 9781556596711
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - November 1st, 2022

Twice Alive By Forrest Gander Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811230292
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Published: New Directions - May 4th, 2021

An exciting new book about renewal by the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

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