My First Summer in the Sierra Book Launch

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  • What: Book Launch for John Muir’s My First Summer in the Sierra
  • When: Monday, April 22, 2:00–3:30 pm
  • Where: Chemeketa Community College, Building 4, Room 225 (Linder Lecture Lab), 4000 Lancaster Dr NE (map link:

Some people call John Muir (1838–1914) the “Father of our National Parks.” Some call him a “Wilderness Prophet” or a “Citizen of the Universe.” Here at Chemeketa Press, we like to think of Muir as one of the nation’s first tree huggers. A naturalist, explorer, author, and preservationist, Muir co-founded the Sierra Club and blazed the trail for the modern-day environmental movement.

We’ll celebrate Muir’s legacy on Monday, April 22 (Earth Day), 2–3:30 pm in 4/225 with a book launch for My First Summer in the Sierra. Muir’s book joins our American Voices Collection, a series that repackages classic American stories for a student audience. The event will feature a reading and talk by English faculty and guest editor Kevin Dye who selected the book for use in his Environmental Literature course (ENG269). The event will also pay tribute to the project’s collaboration with Visual Communications students and faculty who assisted with the book’s cover design.

“Muir’s narrative is about seeing the beauty around us,” writes Dye in his introduction. To read Muir’s words is to become his hiking partner as he wanders the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Join us for a celebration of “our greatest nature lover and nature writer” (according to Theodore Roosevelt) with book-related fun, a trail-mix bar, refreshments, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale at the event.


John Muir Day (April 21),

Earth Day (April 22),

Quotable Muir: “I tremble with excitement in the dawn of these glorious mountain sublimities, but I can only gaze and wonder, and, like a child, gather here and there a lily, half hoping I may be able to study and learn in years to come.” From My First Summer in the Sierra

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