Saturday, January 11, 2014

Author Michael Perry on Geography

One of the things that made the West Lakes Regional Meeting of the Association of American Geographers special was the opportunity we had to collaborate with the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.  Since both events were in town in the same week, we joined energies and audiences to host authors of mutual interest.  One of them was Michael Perry, a local author known nationally for his humorous and empathetic insights and anecdotes on life in NW Wisconsin.  Michael took the opportunity to explore the geography of his work -- which he did with gusto and creativity -- to the delight of the 350 or so people in the Davies Center audience.  It must have been one of the most influential and widely informative pitches for geography the Chippewa Valley has ever heard.  I will try and provide an excerpt or two from his 17 October 2013 talk.  Until then, here is his 28 October “Roughneck Grace” column in the Wisconsin State Journal in which he reflects back on his presentation at UW-Eau Claire:  Maps, Rocks and a Tale of Two Titles. In it, he raises an issue that we will explore further in this blog (Hint:  "It's geography, not geology!")

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