Reading books online will explore the voices of the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness


On Wednesday, August 12, a virtual reading will feature the authors of the new book, Voices of Yellowstone’s Capstone: A Narrative Atlas of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

The book includes stories from the wilderness just north of Yellowstone National Park. It compiles the stories of 30 authors and as many artists.

Traute Parrie, co-editor, said most people know grizzly bears, but there are so many more in the area.

“It’s important to know, on the one hand, how efficient and engaged humans have been in this landscape on a daily basis for thousands of years,” Parrie said. “But also understand our roles in protecting that wilderness now by engaging with that wilderness.”

The authors tell the story of the Rocky Mountain cricket, pikas, mushrooms, foxes, trout, and so many other parts of the wilderness. Parrie said the idea is to invite people to explore intellectual avenues.

“I think this book will be a book that invites readers in and captures them with the consistency of the lavishly illustrated maps, but then the drawings bring you in, and you learn a bit more about the resources and hopefully become more connected to the landscape and interested in becoming stewards of that landscape,” Parrie said.

The event hosted by the Draper Natural History Museum begins Wednesday at noon and can be found here. All proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation.

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