During the week of July 16-21, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge will welcome two talented authors to the Refuge Visitor Center to present programs, talk about their work and sign copies of their books.
Author Chris Bolgiano will discuss her book, "Southern Appalachian Celebration: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forest, and Wilderness," at 7 p.m. Thursday. Bolgiano is a noted author, speaker and president of the Wilderness Society. She will discuss the Appalachians - a diverse and special region that so many of us hold dear and call home. The book features stunning photographs by James Valentine, whose images of ancient mountains, old-growth forests, rare plants and powerful waterways reveal the Appalachians' rich scenic beauty. Bolgiano's prose and interpretive verse, along with her deep understanding of the Appalachians, tell a compelling story of the region's natural history.
At 7 p.m. July 21, Kate Fallon, director of education at West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center, will visit the refuge for monthly installment of its Valley Vibes series. Fallon will talk about her book, "Cerulean Blues: a Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird," and discuss the connections between your morning cup of coffee, an ecologically devastating mining practice and the survival of this warbler weighing less than an ounce. Fallon will be available to sign books after her presentation.
Both events are free and light refreshments will be provided. The authors' books will be available for purchase from the Friends of the 500th bookstore.
More information is available by calling the refuge at 304-866-3858.