A crop of new and recent books by Oregon authors explore climate change, the natural world, recycling, and other environmental issues. Whether they're developing picture books, adult fiction, nonfiction, or an all-ages graphic novel, these authors utilize their expertise to express their concern for nature and the environment.
Kathleen Dean Moore ", "
Kathleen Dean Moore, a, this essay collection collection of Corvallis authors, explores what we have lost, and how we will be to lose as a result of climate change. From frogs that no longer splash through overly warm streams, to whales who no longer bellowing as they traverse an ocean less able to feed them, Moore highlights the Earth's increasing silence with dismay and resolution.
Jonathan Case, "[TRADUCTION]
In Portland's new all-ages graphic novel, the population of the United States is the 22nd century and many thousand people have fled the country after a "sun shift" that fatally stricken those who stay outside for long periods. Flora, a young chemist, now believes she can transform it into a vaccine. A friend of the couple is now traveling through the post-apocalyptic West, relying on a species more or less blind to humanity to save it.
Karen Dewitz "..."
Although the title of this new guide includes the word "young," it is a blessing to anyone of any age who wish to learn birding. Karen Dewitz, a Clackamas County resident, first provides general tips for spotting and identifying species, then gives us a list of over 50 common Northwest birds that would appear in your backyard or on a nearby trail. Crisp, full-color photographs assist with showing the birds in diverse poses, colors, and stages of life.
Meredith Crandall Brown writes ", ".
In this quirky picture book written and illustrated by Portlander Meredith Crandall Brown, jug meets bottle, and jug seeks bottle. Readers alike may learn more in a comic strip-style afterword.
A.E. Copenhaver's "," he calls it "traditional"
Our protagonist in this satirical novel from A.E. Copenhaver, a part-time Eugene resident, is in a state of climate worry. Cara, a 30-something Californian who works at an environmental organization, hopes to minimize her carbon footprint by refusing only minor items, such as plastic toothbrushes, but also what most of us should consider: driving, groceries, and personal hygiene. After meeting Millie, Cara, who was not repelled, gives Copenhaver ample space
Deborah Hopkinson's "Location"
As they make their way to a tree planting ceremony, West Linn author Deborah Hopkinson's latest picture book features a child who explains the unique structure and beauty of our universe, galaxy, and planet. All of his accompanying illustrations are both informative and soothing.
Margaux Meganck writes in "The Spirit of God."
In this fun picture book by Margaux Meganck, bears, frogs, bats, elephants, and more, look for humankind as loud, messy, and nosy. The inside tip: On each page, look for the food source of the featured animal.
Allison Cobb, "The Journey"
Allison Cobb, a Portland-based poet and environmental advocate, discovered a substantial plastic car component on her property. Her subsequent quest to return it to its original location allows her to interrogate the role and influence of plastic in the lives of every individual on Earth.