> > "John Elder is an immensely gifted writer."

> > —Chris Bohjalian, Boston Globe Magazine

> >

> > Picking Up the Flute sets to music a former professor's musings on retirement, marriage, literature, and the natural world. From his home in historic Bristol, Vermont to Ireland's Connemara coast, travel through John Elder's exquisite topography and relish his explorations of nature, poetry, and geology.

> >

> > Due out April 22, 2016 | Launch Party at Next Stage Arts, April 24th

> >

> > Brattleboro, Vermont – Green Writers Press is delighted to announce that Picking Up the Flute by John Elder will be published April

> >

> > 22, 2016.

> >

> >

> > The author will debut the memoir

> >

> > (with a bit of live music on the flute)on April 24th at Next Stage Arts in Putney , Vermont, from 5:00-8:00 PM during a special Earth Day celebrationand readingwith other authors from Green Writers Press, including Vermont poet, Leland Kinsey, and hosted by celebrated Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher.

> >

> >

> >

> > ~~~

> >


Advertisement

> > Picking Up the Flute sets music to a former professor's musings on retirement, marriage, literature and the natural world. From his home in historic Bristol, Vermont to Ireland's Connemara coast, travel through John Elder's exquisite topography and relish his explorations of nature, poetry, and geology. John Elder's memoir through music is permeated by his unique combination of prose and learning how to play the Irish flute. Elder revisits his time teaching at Middlebury College and explores the next phase of retirement, utilizing texts and memories from his past whose meanings echo with a new sound now. Picking Up the Flute is an interactive, multimedia memoir that lets you read Elder's provocative prose and listen along to his spirited playing.

> >

> >

> > John Elder

> >

> > From 1973 to 2010, Joh

> >

> > n Elder taught at Middlebury College, where he was the Stewart Professor of English and Environmental Studies and was known for his wonderful teaching and for his critical work on nature writing. He is the author most recently of Reading the Mountains of Home and has edited an encyclopedia, American Nature Writers, and (with Robert Finch) The Norton Anthology of Nature Writing. He lives with his family in Bristol, Vermont.

> >

> >

> >

> > Praise:

> >

> > For Reading the Mountains of Home:

> >

> > "What a grand book this is! It's too full of life to be confined to a genre--it's memoir, natural history, and literary criticism, but it's also much more than the sum of its parts. Reading the Mountains of Home is one of the great classics of the American East." —Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

> >

> >

> >

> > "John Elder turned to Frost's last great poem and has written a beautiful study of its complicated narrative . . . More than literary criticism, Reading the Mountains of Home is an extended homage, a memoir and meditation. Elder succeeds in the most difficult of ways: As his focus expands, his concentration grows more acute . . . His analysis is attuned to both the language of the poem and its concentric rings, the stories that illuminate this landscape and prove the vitality and relevance of poetry." —Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times

> >

> >

> >

> > "[This book] is deeply personal and profoundly moving—an eloquent challenge to some of the principal assumptions that guide the environmental movement in this country . . . Elder is an immensely gifted writer." —Chris Bohjalian, Boston Globe Magazine

> >