class=""MsoNormal"">SALISBURY, MD---Dr. Joan Maloof, biology faculty at Salisbury University, reads from and signs copies of her new book of essays, Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest, 4 p.m. Saturday, October 1, at the Island Art Gallery in Fenwick Island, DE.
class=""MsoNormal"">Maloof’s book celebrates the rich variety of the American forest.
class=""MsoNormal"">“There is so much more to this Earth than people can ever imagine, and this book points out that just the removal of one type of old tree takes away not just the tree’s life, but maybe 35 other layers that depend on that tree,” said Jessica Clark, owner of the Island Art Gallery. “This is not just a book about trees. If we are not aware of the future, there really won’t be any forest left.”
class=""MsoNormal"">Both scholars and critics have lauded the book, published by the University of Georgia Press. Publisher’s Weekly calls it “a beguiling walk in the woods.” Booklist hails it as “a gem.”
class=""MsoNormal"">“Walk along with Maloof through a forest and you will see, hear and smell stories better than anything on the Discovery Channel or, for that matter, in the Brothers Grimm,” says author Gary Paul Nabhan. “These are parables to live with, authored by a storyteller-biologist who is one part Thoreau on fruits, one part Alcock on insects and one part Rilke on poetry.”
class=""MsoNormal"">“Maloof combines science, heart and spirit as a wonderful reminder of how important, special and sacred trees are to us and to our world,” says activist Julia Butterfly Hill. “Use this book as your call to action to conserve, protect and restore our Earth’s trees and forests.”
class=""MsoNormal"">Author Carl Safina agrees: “The heartwood of this book harbors a kind of genius in fine and even grain: the power to look at the familiar and reveal for us its magic as for the very first time. From deep and soulful roots this book rises into a work of love and wonder, crowned by a high, overarching intelligence that changes forever our wide view of the surrounding world.” The Island Art Gallery is located at 703 S. Schulz Road. The reading is free and the public is invited. For more information call 302-539-4485. "