Offsite: Books on the Garden with Sonja Swift

Sunday, May 5, 2024 - 1:00pm

This event will be held at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Please see details below. 


This event is the latest installment of the Books on the Garden event series, a partnership between the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Green Apple Books.
This is a free event (minus admission to the Garden for non-SF resident), but please RSVP.
RSVP link at the link below


About the Event
Author Sonja Swift brings us an immersive discussion of her book, Echo Loba, Loba Echo. Attendees will hear a collection of poems interspersed with prose and reflections, all on our connection to the wolf as metaphor and in the wild. This is a special look at the human relationship to a beautiful, often misunderstood animal. 
Date: Sunday, May 5
Time: 1pm
Location: TBA
This is a free event (minus admission to the Garden for non-SF residents), but please RSVP. RSVP link available soon. Watch this space! 
Books by our featured author will be available for purchase.
Folding chairs will be provided. Attendees are always encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for sitting on the grass. 

About Echo Loba, Loba Echo
A unique look at the cultural, environmental, historical, literary, metaphorical, and political role of the wolf.

Echo Loba, Loba Echo is a story about the metaphor of the wolf and how this is echoed in the lives and minds of people. A metaphor that embodies worldviews colliding, and the collision, the fallout, we live with still. It is a story about wolves' own cultures, survival stories, acts of rebellion, and vital roles in maintaining healthy territories. And it is also a story about what we have been told to forget, or never even know, and what wolves show us about ourselves.

Through essay and poetry, the metaphor of the wolf, and loba - for she-wolf - is examined the way one might observe the light off a prism, in multi-dimensional ways. The associations are many and diametrically varied. Wolf as scapegoat, villain, outcast, blamed for human violence. Wolf as warrior, guide, mother to stray or orphaned children as well as her own pups. The Ojibwe word for wolf is ma'iingan: the one sent here by that all-loving spirit to show us the way. Wolf (Latin: lupus), which is another word for whore (lupa), for woman. Wolf, another word for backcountry. Yet the choice is not an easy duality, not simply between the notion of wolf as heroine or wolf as devil.

About Sonja Swift
Sonja Swift is a writer and poet of hybrid forms. She has published a range of poems, as well as various articles and photo essays. Alumna of California College of the Arts, she is the author of Alphabet Atlas, a chapbook of prose poems published by Deconstructed Artichoke Press, and Tarot of Transformation, a series of vignettes published by True Story. Sonja is Danish American and comes from dusty, sometimes emerald, coastal hills, amid a chain of old volcanic peaks that stretch into the Pacific Ocean. Echo Loba, Loba Echo: Of Wisdom, Wolves, and Women is her first book.

About Books on the Garden
Books on the Garden is an event series collaboration between the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Green Apple Books. On the last Saturday of every month, a different literary event will take place at the SFBG with a wide variety of topics, always coinciding with and honoring nature, botanicals, and our beautiful garden setting. 

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