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March 12, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

IslandWood is pleased to host David B. Williams, author of Homewaters, naturalist, interpretive guide, and fellow educator in our continued conversation and educational exploration of the natural and cultural forces that have shaped our regional lands, waters, and its peoples. We hope you join us for this relaxing evening.


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In this talk, author David B. Williams tells the long story of the Sound, tracing human history from the earliest records more than 12,500 years ago to present. He will also consider overlooked species such as Olympia oysters, rockfish, geoduck, kelp, and herring, as well as salmon and orca. Witty, graceful, and deeply informed, these stories presents a fascinating and hopeful narrative, one that will introduce newcomers to the astonishing life that inhabits Puget Sound and offers longtime residents new insights into and appreciation of the waters they call home.


We invite you to stay for our author’s reception happy hour under IslandWood’s iconic “Port Blakely Toothpick” fir beam in the beauty of our Welcome Center.  If you don’t already own the book, Homewaters will be on *sale during the happy hour and David would love to sign your personal copy!  We love it when you stay awhile to build connections with neighbors and friends and to continue conversations about the topic.  Your ticket price includes: Author’s live lecture, Q&A, optional book signing, a non-alcoholic beverage, and a Salish Sea inspired *happy hour with appetizers.


*A no-host bar will be available as well for additional purchases during the happy hour.


*Price to buy the books is $24, which includes tax and fees.  Cash, checks, or credit/debit cards accepted.


Award-winning author, naturalist, and tour guide, David B. Williams.


Bio: David B. Williams is an author, naturalist, and tour guide whose award-winning book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound is a deep exploration of the stories of this beautiful waterway. He is also the author of the award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, as well as Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City. Williams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum and writes a free weekly newsletter, the Street Smart Naturalist.


Here are links to my webpage about the book and the UW Press’s webpage, as well as a link to an interview with me about the book in Crosscut.


Read more about the author in this Seattle Times article!

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4450 Blakely Ave NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 United States
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