Joel Greenberg, author of Of Prairie, Woods, and Water: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing, with others, will do readings from the book, songs, and stories.
While researching for his 2002 book, A Natural History of the Chicago Region, Joel Greenberg uncovered hundreds of primary sources, written firsthand accounts, describing the land, animals, and plants of northern Illinois. Just released, Of Prairie, Woods, and Water: Two Centuries of Chicago Nature Writing, brings the words of settlers, bird watchers, poets, hunters, politicians, and wild flower enthusiasts together in one book reflecting the beauty of this most subtle landscape. Some of the writings were so inspiring, Greenberg has brought them to life with the production of Voices from the Land. This hour long piece includes photographic projections, readings of these long forgotten once silent words, and musical accompaniment by folklorists Tom and Chris Kastle. (bookjones)