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Authors Event: Crystal Gibbins and Jennifer Case
Zenith Bookstore hosts a reading and book signing featuring Jennifer Case and Crystal S. Gibbins. Case will read from her memoir Sawbill: A Search for Place. Gibbons will read new and selected poems from Now/Here.
In Sawbill, Case watches her family suddenly exchange its rooted existence for a series of relocations that take it across the United States. In response Case struggles to “live in place” without a geographical home, a struggle that leads her to search for grounding in the now-dismantled fishing resort her grandparents ran in northeastern Minnesota. By chronicling her migratory adulthood alongside the similarly unpredictable history of Sawbill Lodge, this memoir offers a resonant meditation on home, family, environment and the human desire for place in the inherently mobile 21st Century.
In Now/Here, Gibbins blends history, naturalist observations and experiences about living on both sides of the 49th parallel north — the international border that separates Canada and the United States. Other poems in the collection focus on the diversity, struggle and power of the natural environment, examining tensions and oppositions that exist within climate, time and change.