9th Ave: Manjula Martin with Obi Kaufmann

Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our 1231 9th Ave store in the Inner Sunset.

Cover of Manjula Martin's The Last Fire Season: A Personal and Pyronatural History. The cover is black with white text, with an illustration of a California poppy with petals made of fire.
Join us on Thursday, February 29 at 7pm PT when Manjula Martin celebrates the release of her book, The Last Fire Season, with Obi Kaufmann at 9th Ave!

Masks Encouraged for In-Person Attendance
Or watch online at the link below:
https://youtube.com/live/fxrHatXJLIg?feature=share

Praise for The Last Fire Season
“Martin comes in with a one-two punch: Her book is as lyrical as a prose poem but as smartly reported as the best journalism. Her account of living a year in the smoldering, angry, inflamed Northern California woods will thrill, haunt, and ultimately charm you.”
—Susan Orlean, author of On Animals

“I loved this book. Through her soulful and poignant prose, Manjula Martin finds meaning in a time of unravelling, and agency at a moment of helplessness. She shows us how to exist through our existential crises, and lights our path through the fire.”—Ed Yong, author of An Immense World

“As exquisite as it is precise, Manjula Martin's The Last Fire Season is a book that will haunt you. A beautifully composed, exhaustively researched guide through the changes and cataclysms of body, home, and wild California landscape, written with the lyricism of a fable and an urgency befitting our all too real climate crisis.”—Nicole Chung, author of A Living Remedy

About The Last Fire Season
H Is for Hawk meets Joan Didion in the Pyrocene in this arresting combination of memoir, natural history, and literary inquiry that chronicles one woman’s experience of life in Northern California during the worst fire season on record.

Told in luminous, perceptive prose, The Last Fire Season is a deeply incisive inquiry into what it really means—now—to live in relationship to the elements of the natural world. When Manjula Martin moved from the city to the woods of Northern California, she wanted to be closer to the wilderness that she had loved as a child. She was also seeking refuge from a health crisis that left her with chronic pain, and found a sense of healing through tending her garden beneath the redwoods of Sonoma County. But the landscape that Martin treasured was an ecosystem already in crisis. Wildfires fueled by climate change were growing bigger and more frequent: each autumn, her garden filled with smoke and ash, and the local firehouse siren wailed deep into the night.

In 2020, when a dry lightning storm ignited hundreds of simultaneous wildfires across the West and kicked off the worst fire season on record, Martin, along with thousands of other Californians, evacuated her home in the midst of a pandemic. Both a love letter to the forests of the West and an interrogation of the colonialist practices that led to their current dilemma, The Last Fire Season, follows her from the oaky hills of Sonoma County to the redwood forests of coastal Santa Cruz, to the pines and peaks of the Sierra Nevada, as she seeks shelter, bears witness to the devastation, and tries to better understand fire’s role in the ecology of the West. As Martin seeks a way to navigate the daily experience of living in a damaged body on a damaged planet, she comes to question her own assumptions about nature and the complicated connections between people and the land on which we live.

About Manjula Martin
Manjula Martin is coauthor, with her father, Orin Martin, of Fruit Trees for Every Garden, which won the 2020 American Horticultural Society Book Award. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Cut, Pacific Standard, Modern Farmer, and Hazlitt. She edited the anthology Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living; was managing editor of Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story; and has worked in varied editorial capacities in the nonprofit and publishing sectors. She lives in West Sonoma County, California.

About Obi Kaufmann
Obi Kaufmann is the author of The California Field Atlas (2017, #1 San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller), The State of Water (2019), The Forests of California (2020), and The Coasts of California (2022), all published by Heyday. When he is not backpacking, you can find the painter-poet at home in the East Bay, posting trail paintings at his handle @coyotethunder on Instagram. His speaking tour dates are available at californiafieldatlas.com, and his essays are posted at coyoteandthunder.com.

The Last Fire Season: A Personal and Pyronatural History By Manjula Martin Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780593317150
Availability: Click the TITLE to view store availability
Published: Pantheon - January 16th, 2024

H Is for Hawk meets Joan Didion in the Pyrocene in this arresting combination of memoir, natural history, and literary inquiry that chronicles one woman’s experience of life in Northern California during the worst fire season on record.


Fruit Trees for Every Garden: An Organic Approach to Growing Apples, Pears, Peaches, Plums, Citrus, and More By Orin Martin, Manjula Martin, Alice Waters (Foreword by) Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9780399580024
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Published: Ten Speed Press - August 27th, 2019

Written by the long-time manager of the renowned Alan Chadwick Garden at the University of California, Santa Cruz, this substantial, authoritative, and beautiful full-color guide covers everything you need to know about organically growing healthy, bountiful fruit trees.

WINNER OF THE AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY BOOK AWARD


The Deserts of California: A California Field Atlas By Obi Kaufmann Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9781597146180
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Published: Heyday Books - October 10th, 2023

A magnificent illustrated journey into California's famed deserts and the astonishingly abundant life they contain.

2023 Glenn Goldman Award Winner for California Lifestyle, Chosen by the California Independent Booksellers Alliance

A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller


The Coasts of California: A California Field Atlas By Obi Kaufmann Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9781597145510
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Published: Heyday Books - April 19th, 2022

A San Francisco Chronicle bestseller

An epic, gloriously illustrated journey up and down California's shoreline.


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