John Calderazzo and SueEllen Campbell, professors of English at Colorado State University, will take turns moderating in an upcoming book series, "Conversation on the Land," which will focus on vital questions concerning nature and community. The events are sponsored by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Rocky Mountain Land Library.
Calderazzo will moderate the first discussion in the series, "Peaches, a Few Cloves of Garlic, and the Future of the American Farm," featuring Stanley Crawford and David Mas Masumoto, well-known authors and farmers. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Ricketson Auditorium.
Crawford is the author of "A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm" and "Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in Northern New Mexico." Masumoto is the author of "Epitaph for a Peach" and "Four Seasons in Five Senses." Crawford raises garlic in northern New Mexico and Masumoto grows peaches and grapes in California. They are both known for articulate writing about the hard work, challenges and joys of small-farm life.
Calderazzo is the author of two books, "101 Questions about Volcanoes" and "Writing from Scratch: Freelancing." He writes about a wide variety of topics including ecology, Asia, Buddhism and science. Calderazzo has written a natural history column called "Science and the Shore" for Costal Living magazine and is finishing a new book, "Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives." He was a 1998 recipient of Colorado State’s Best Teacher Award.
Campbell has recently published "Even Mountains Vanish: Searching for Solace in an Age of Extinction." Her other recent publications include articles about American environmental literature and ecocriticism and a book of literary nonfiction essays "Bringing the Mountain Home." She has also begun work on a field guide to landscape terminology. Campbell is one of the editors of a new ecocritical book series "Under the Sign of Nature."
The event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for $10 for members, $13 for nonmembers and $8 for students. For more information about the event, call 1-800-925-2250 or 303-322-7009.