Heacox to discuss his new book on John Muir

The Juneau Public Library, in collaboration with the Friends of the Juneau Public Library, will host author Kim Heacox at the Downtown Public Library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14. Heacox will talk about his newest book, “John Muir and the Ice that Started a Fire,” as part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

In “John Muir and the Ice That Started a Fire,” Heacox describes how Muir changed our world, advanced the science of glaciology and popularized geology, giving America a new vision of Alaska and itself.

Heacox has written eight books, four for National Geographic, and five on biography and conservation. His Alaska memoir, “The Only Kayak,” was a PEN USA Literary Award finalist in creative non-fiction and is now in its seventh printing. Heacox was a writer-in-residence at Cambridge University’s Scott Polar Research Institute in 1998, and in Denali National Park in 2012. He is a former ranger with the U.S. National Park Service and lives in Gustavus, where he and his wife, Melanie, are building the Glacier Bay Institute.

To read an excerpt from the book, published last week in Alaska Magazine, visit http://www.alaskamagazine.com/index.php/november-2012-summary/373-kim-he....


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