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Friday, September 14, 2018
6:00 PM


Seminary Co-op Bookstore




Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381


“Hiking Naked” shows us the possibilities that appear if we take the risk.”
–Margery Post Abbott, author of “To Be Broken and Tender”

Iris Graville will discuss “Hiking Naked—A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance.” She will be joined in conversation by Theodore Richards. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

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About the book: Knocked off her feet after twenty years in public health nursing, Iris Graville quit her job and convinced her husband and their thirteen-year-old twin son and daughter to move to Stehekin, a remote mountain village in Washington State’s North Cascades. They sought adventure; she yearned for the quiet and respite of this community of eighty-five residents accessible only by boat, float plane, or hiking. “Hiking Naked” chronicles Graville’s journey through questions about work and calling as well as how she coped with ordering groceries by mail, black bears outside her kitchen window, a forest fire that threatened the valley, and a flood that left her and her family stranded for three days.

About the author: Iris Graville is the author of three nonfiction books: "Hands at Work," "Bounty," and a memoir, "Hiking Naked." She lives on Lopez Island, WA where she publishes Shark Reef Literary Magazine and contributes regularly to The Wayfarer Magazine. As a writer, Graville strives to give voice to the untold stories of ordinary people. She had her first taste of the thrill of tell their stories for her high school newspaper in a small town in southern Illinois. Years later, as a nurse in Indiana and Washington, she listened in hospital rooms, exam rooms, and homes and experienced an uncommon intimacy as people shared their fears, hopes, grief, and pain. Her profiles and personal essays have been published in national and regional journals and magazines. Graville’s memoir, "Hiking Naked—A Quaker Woman’s Search for Balance," (Homebound Publications, 2017) is a personal narrative of what she learned in the remote mountain village of Stehekin, WA about work, community, and leadings of the Spirit. Now, you’ll often find her on the interisland ferry, working on a new essay collection.

About the interlocutor: Theodore Richards is a philosopher, poet, and novelist. As the founder of The Chicago Wisdom Project, editor of the online magazine “Re-imagining: Education, Culture, World,” and a board member of Homebound Publications, his work is dedicated to re-imagining education and creating new narratives about our place in the world. He is the author of seven books and recipient of numerous literary awards, including two Nautilus Book Awards and two Independent Publisher Awards.