Author Event: Leslie Sharpe, The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills (5/27/17)
Join us for a talk and signing with naturalist and author Leslie Sharpe, who will discuss her new book, The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills.
Perfect for hikers, bird watchers, and lovers of all things nature, The Quarry Fox is the first in-depth study of Catskill wildlife since legendary nature writer John Burroughs first chronicled the area in the 19th century. Now, Sharpe breathes new life into these storied mountains, introducing the genre to a whole new audience. Through her lyrical prose, she weaves her experiences with the seasons, plants and creatures with their natural history, revealing their sensitivity to and resilience against the splendor and cruelty of Nature. It is a celebration of the natural world, a call for conservation, and an inspiration to get up and explore.
LESLIE T. SHARPE is a former Vice President of the New York City Audubon Society, an environmentalist, and a naturalist living in the Great Western Catskills. She has taught writing and editing at Columbia and New York Universities. Her book Editing Fact and Fiction is a valued resource for authors and editors alike.
Praise for The Quarry Fox:
“The Quarry Fox is replete with fascinating and endearing creatures . . . But not the least captivating is the author herself, curious, adventurous and passionately in love with the natural world.
Her powers of observation are extraordinary and unconventional. Above all she is a hugely likable narrator. She won my heart again and again by her efforts to accommodate the creatures she encounters.”
—Marie Winn, author of Red-Tails in Love: A Wildlife Drama in Central Park and Central Park in the Dark: More Mysteries of Urban Wildlife
“A skyful of stars for The Quarry Fox! Leslie T. Sharpe’s rich descriptions of nature—especially birds—are so intoxicating, they’re probably illegal in most states.
She is patiently relentless in her pursuit of curious facts about animal behavior, and her close observations of the critters around her cabin in the Catskills richly reward close reading.”
—Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved by Ducks and Feather Brained
“In prose as clear and sinuous as the mountain brook she rescues from a bog and as wise-eyed as her quarry fox and black bear, Leslie Sharpe has written a truly classic memoir of her life in the still wild Catskill Mountains.
Lovers of Burroughs, Thoreau, and Aldo Leopold will treasure this wonderful book.”
—Nick Lyons, author of Spring Creek