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Celebrating a Writer's Journey: Jim Robbins

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Join the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation to celebrate Jim Robbins' writing journey, from his early days as a newspaper reporter, contributor to The New York Times and other publications, and the writing of six books, his latest "The Wonder of Birds" in 2017.

After nearly 40 years in the field, Robbins continues his work as a free-lance journalist and writer based in Helena, Montana. Along with The New York Times, he has written for Audubon, Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Vanity Fair, The Sunday Times, and Conservation.

Robbins has authored six books. His first was "Last Refuge; Environmental Showdown in the American West" (1993, William Morrow). In 2000 Grove Atlantic published "A Symphony in the Brain, the Evolution of the New Brainwave Biofeedback." He is also the co-author of "The Open Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body," published in 2007 by Shambhala Publications. And he is the co-author of "Dissolving Pain," a 2010 book about the role of attention in pain, also published by Shambhala. His fifth book is "The Man Who Planted Trees" published by Spiegel & Grau an imprint of Random House, about the crisis in the world's forests caused by climate change. His sixth book, published in 2017 by Spiegel & Grau, is "The Wonder of Birds," about how we can interpret birds to tell us much about the world, including solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss.

About "The Wonder of Birds," Publishers Weekly writes: “In this deeply felt and well-supported argument for avians’ value to humankind, science writer Robbins hits the full trifecta for engrossing and satisfying nature writing.”

Raven expert Bernd Heinrich reviewed "The Wonder of Birds" for the Wall Street Journal, writing "The book is a must-read, conveying much necessary information in easily accessible form and awakening one’s consciousness to what might otherwise be taken for granted."

Stay for a catered reception and book signing after the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Anyone interested in learning more about the writing process from veteran freelance journalist and science/environmental writer Jim Robbins is welcome to attend a workshop from 5 to 6 pm on April 3 prior to his presentation at 7 pm. Pre-registration is requested. Send an email to patti@lclibfoundation.org or call the library director at 447-6699 to register for this workshop. Light refreshments will be served.

Events at the Lewis & Clark Library are always free and open to the public.

Visit us at lclibfoundation.org and on Facebook. For more information, contact Library Director John Finn at (406) 447-6699 or jfinn@lclibrary.org.


Read New York Times stories by Robbins: https://www.nytimes.com/by/jim-robbins

Deep Dive into Wonder with Jim Robbins (MTPR interview by Sarah Aronson (11-2-17). http://mtpr.org/post/deep-dive-wonder-jim-robbins