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Book Signing: Larry Reis

When Sep 30, 2010
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Decorah Public Library will host a book signing for Northeast Iowa naturalist and author Larry Reis Thursday September 30 at 7 pm. Reis recently published a book titled “Noting Nature: Observations and Lessons from the Midwest’s Metamorphosing Landscape.” The program will include a short presentation and reading, with books available for purchase afterward.  


Reis created “Noting Nature” by compiling and re-working bits and pieces of journal entries from the past thirty years. What began as marginal notes in fishing notebooks about his daily observations in the great outdoors turned into a serious, expansive hobby that continues today. 


As Reis explains, “I put this little primer together as a handbook to help folks follow nature’s constant yet consistent cycle... [to] steer the discriminating walker, hiker, biker, or driver who wants to know what’s happening out there while wandering through those mostly friendly and familiar yet at some level distant, wild lands in the right direction. Whether we’re driving along a country highway, biking along a local lane, or walking along a woodland trail, trying to tell ourselves exactly what we’re eyeing in passing often seems almost impossible… How do we developing detectives start determining what’s flying or lying about the landscape?”


 “In my teaching role as an environmental educator, I strive to spin some good nature stories while hiking along the trail- hoping to captivate a tough kid crowd… I’ve tried to spin nature’s good story during all four defining seasons throughout this book’s pages, as felt through my long time afield.”


Reis has been a naturalist in northeastern Iowa for over 25 years. When not leading nature tours or working in the Winneshiek County parks, he enjoys fly fishing on area trout streams with his two sons.