Tuesday, August 15, 7 p.m.
New England author Robert Finch will read from and discuss his latest book, The Outer Beach with Middlebury author and professor John Elder.
The Outer Beach is a poignant, candid chronicle of a beloved nature writer's fifty-year relationship with an iconic American landscape, Cape Cod's Atlantic shore. Those who have encountered Cape Cod--or merely dipped into an account of its rich history--know that it is a singular place. Finch writes of its beaches: "No other place I know sears the heart with such a constant juxtaposition of pleasure and pain, of beauty being born and destroyed in the same moment." And nowhere within its borders is this truth more vivid and dramatic than along the forty miles of Atlantic coast--what Finch has always known as the Outer Beach. The essays here represent nearly fifty years and a cumulative thousand miles of walking along the storied edge of the Cape's legendary arm.
Robert Finch has lived on Cape Cod for over forty years, currently in Wellfleet, MA. He is the author of seven collections of essays, most recently of his radio scripts for his weekly radio broadcast, “A Cape Cod Notebook” on the Cape and Islands NPR Station, WCAI.
John Elder is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and English, Middlebury College, and author of Reading the Mountains of Home and Picking Up the Flute, among many more.