Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This Saturday, October 14, at 7:00 PM Robert Michael Pyle Author reading Book Signing at the Skamokawa Resort

Friends of Skamokawa is very pleased to present Robert Michael Pyle ~ Where Bigfoot Walks; Crossing the Dark Divide
This Saturday October 14th at 7:00 PM in the performance room/conference center behind the Skamokawa General Store, renowned author Robert Michael Pyle will be speaking, signing books, and sharing his unique perspectives, research, and findings regarding the incredible phenomenon known as Bigfoot. This new edition published by Counterpoint Press August 1, 2017 includes a brand new chapter! This venue has wonderful acoustics, plenty of seating, parking, and is handicapped accessible. This is going to be a very special evening in Skamokawa.
Links to interviews with Bob on NPR and OPB as well as many excellent reviews are posted below. 
Reviews for Where Bigfoot Walks:
"Splendidly lyrical and just as splendidly crusty, Where Bigfoot Walks is the sort of book Thoreau might have written if he had discovered giant footprints of an unknown origin in the vicinity of Walden Pond." —Lawrence Millman, author of Our Like Will Not Be There Again: Notes from the West of Ireland, Last Places

“Where Bigfoot Walks is so haunting and beautiful and bold that I can think of nothing else like it.” —Molly Gloss, author of Falling from Horses, The Jump-Off Creek, The Hearts of Horses, and Wild Life

“A search for the Pacific Northwest's fabled Bigfoot provides a jumping-off point for nature writer Robert Michael Pyle's lyrical ruminations on wilderness, isolation, and the occasional triumphs of mystery over so-called progress. Pyle's well-researched stomping ground is Washington State's Dark Divide in the Cascade Mountains… Pyle's route alternates between desolate clear-cuts and majestic ancient forests, between the inroads of civilization and the dark recesses of the wild. But never does the author get too caught up in proving anything to himself or the reader; this search for Bigfoot has as much to do with locating the wild nature within each of us as it does with finding a legend.” ― Editorial pick

From the Willamette Week Website:
Scientist Robert Michael Pyle is on the Hunt for Bigfoot, Even if He Doesn’t Entirely Believe in Its Existence
Published August 15 

Bob Pyle on NPR’s State of Wonder. Bob’s interview starts at 45 minutes into the program:
Bob Pyle on OPB’s Think Out Loud:

The Skamokawa Resort is located at 1391 W. State Route 4, Skamokawa, WA 98647, directly across the street from Friends of Skamokawa’s River Life Interpretive Center. Here is the link to Gmaps for easy directions: 

For any questions or more information:       
·         Phone (360) 795-3007   
·         Facebook: Friends of Skamokawa/River Life Interpretive Center

We look forward to seeing you there!

Additional reviews, descriptions, and critical acclaim:
From the Counterpoint Press Catalogue, Page 27:
Where Bigfoot Walks is a spectacular, moving, and witty narrative exploration of not only the phenomenon of Bigfoot, but also the human need to believe that something is out there beyond the campfire, and that wildness remains as well. Awarded a Guggenheim to investigate the legends of Sasquatch, Robert Pyle trekked into the unprotected wilderness of the Dark Divide near Mount St. Helens, where he discovered both a giant fossil footprint and recent tracks. He searched out Indians who told him of an outcast tribe, the Seeahtiks, who had not fully evolved into humans. He attended Sasquatch Daze, where he met scientists, hunters, and others who have devoted their lives to the search, and realized that “these guys don’t want to find Bigfoot—they want to be Bigfoot!” A handful of openminded biologists and anthropologists countered the tabloids he studied, while rogue Forest Service employees and loggers swore of an industry conspiracy to deep-six accounts of unknown, upright hominoid apes among us. In the end, Pyle concludes that if we can hang on to a sizeable hunk of Bigfoot habitat, we will at least have a fragment of the greatest green treasure the temperate world has ever known. If we do not, Bigfoot, real or imagined, will vanish; and with it will flee the others who dwell in that world. “Looking at that tangled land,” he writes, “one can just about accept that Sasquatch could coexist with towns and loggers and hunters and hikers, all in proportion. But when the topography is finally tamed outright, no one will anymore imagine that giants are abroad on the land.” In the years since publication, the author’s fresh experiences and finds—detailed in an all-new chapter which includes an evaluation of recent DNA evidence from Bigfoot hair and scat, the study of speech phonemes in the “Sierra Sounds” purported Bigfoot recordings, Pyle’s examination of the impact of the wildly popular Animal Planet series Bigfoot Hunters, the reemergence of the famous Bob Gimlin into the Bigfoot community, and more—have kept his own mind wide open to one of the biggest questions in the land. ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE is the author of eighteen books, including Wintergreen, Rambles in a Ravaged Land, Chasing Monarchs, The Thunder Tree: Lessons from an Urban Wildland, Sky Time in Gray’s River: Living for Keeps in a Forgotten Place, and the recent poetry collection Evolution of the Genus Iris. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, he is a full-time writer living in southwestern Washington.

“[A] leisurely, gracefully written meditation.” —Publishers Weekly

“Where Bigfoot Walks is a pleasure, whether he is helping a slug across the road, hugging a tree, crawling through a lava tube or discussing the colour of bear excrement, Pyle rejoices in the beauty of the world, and communicates his enthusiasm and expert knowledge with a rare modesty. His book should appeal to anyone with an interest in why people want to believe in the supernatural, when they already live in a world bursting with natural wonders.” —New Scientist
“Celebrated author Pyle, whose Wintergreen won a John Burroughs medal, is fascinated not so much by Bigfoot as he is by the people who believe that Bigfoot exists— and are trying to prove it.” —Library Journal 

“[An] absorbing, classily written field report. Pyle makes all the right connections. Best of all, he loves a good mystery and is smart enough, open and radical enough, to never say never.” —Kirkus