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Video of the 2011 Friendly City Reading with Stefan Bechtel

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Video of the 2010 Friendly City Reading with
Mary Beth Keane and Gina Welch

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The Friendly City Readings is the visiting writers series of the School of Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication at James Madison University. The series hosts writers who represent the rhetorical diversity of contemporary writing, and seeks to promote awareness of writing as a viable profession across academic disciplines. All readings are free and open to the general public.


AUTHOR OF CERULEAN BLUES: A PERSONAL SEARCH FOR A VANISHING SONGBIRD, KATIE FALLON READS IN TAYLOR HALL, OCTOBER 29.

WRTC's Friendly City Readings Series is pleased to present acclaimed nature writer and environmental advocate, Katie Fallon. She is coming to James Madison University to read from her work in Taylor Hall, Room 404, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Tuesday October 29th.

A finalist for the Southern Environmental Law Cente's Reed Award, Cerulean Blues describes the plight of the cerulean warbler, a tiny migratory songbird, and its struggle to survive in ever-shrinking bands of suitable habitat. This elusive creature, a favorite among bird watchers and the fastest-declining warbler species in the United States, has lost 3% of its total population each year since 1966. This precipitous decline means that today there are 80% fewer ceruleans than 40 years ago, and their numbers continue to drop due to threats including deforestation, global warming, and an ecologically devastating practice--mountaintop removal coal mining--that affects not only the cerulean warbler but all residents of the Appalachian mountains, including humans.

With both scientific rigor and a sense of wonder, Fallon leads readers on a journey of more than two thousand miles--from the top of the forest canopy in the ancient mountains of Appalachia to a coffee plantation near troubled Bogota, Colombia--and shows how the fate of a creature weighing less than an ounce is vitally linked to our own.

Cerulean Blues will appeal to nature lovers, bird watchers, actual and armchair adventurers, and anyone interested in the health and future of our planet.

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