Wednesday, November 28, 7 p.m.
Leath Tonino will read from, discuss and sign his new collection of essays, The Animal One Thousand Miles Long: Seven Lengths of Vermont and Other Adventures.
The phrase “an animal a thousand miles miles long,” attributed to Aristotle, refers to a sprawling body that cannot be seen in its entirety from a single angle. For Leath Tonino, this body is the landscape of his native Vermont. Tonino has traveled the county, and even the world, as a travel writer, but his eyes always turn back to his home state. His essays in The Animal One Thousand Miles Long focus on Vermont. They discuss place and how geography, natural history, human experience, local traditions, seasons, and especially atypical outings—on skis, bicycles, sleds, and boogie boards—can open us to a place and simultaneously open a place to us. In learning about the places we call home, we learn about the meaning of place and what it means to us, how it shapes us and our understanding. Tonino’s affinity for his home gives a new perspective on the Green Mountain State.
Leath Tonino, a writer from Vermont, has also worked as a wildlife biologist in Arizona, a blueberry farmer in New Jersey, and a snow shoveler in Antarctica. His essays, reported stories, and interviews appear in magazines such as Outside, Men’s Journal, Orion, Tricycle, Utne Reader, and The Sun. When not at his desk, he roams North America’s libraries and wildlands.