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Kathryn Miles, author of Adventures With Ari

Talking Leaves…Books, in conjunction with the Elmwood Village Association and the Bidwell Farmer’s Market, is pleased to present author Kathryn Miles and her just-published book Adventures with Ari: A Puppy, a Leash, and our Year in the Great Outdoors (Skyhorse Publishing) This free event will take place in Bidwell Park on the western edge of the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 13 at 11 am. Books will be available for purchase at the signing. Ari, the puppy of the title, will be present, and dogs are welcome to attend.

A dog sees the world quite differently from a person. For starters, he or she is much closer to the ground—to what we’ve been trying to preserve more and more of these days. A dog is the original environmental activist: the sights, sounds, and smells of nature are what make a dog a dog. And if you want to learn more about nature, try enjoying life like a dog.

Kathryn Miles sets out to do just that when she be-comes determined to let her puppy, Ari, live life on her own terms. Once some basic ground rules are set, Kathryn takes the leash off her dog and the blinders off her own eyes. A new world soon emerges: she and Ari explore a backyard landscape of grass, mud, snow, trees, and the occasional fox. They find the scent of a northern wind, the footprints of a startled raccoon, and other secrets of the natural world. The puppy’s free-spirited outlook teaches Kathryn to see more when she might otherwise have seen less, while adding a certain excitement and clarity of vision. Soon, Kathryn begins to give up control and know the world as Ari learns it.

Peppered with factual information about our natural world and the creatures that inhabit it, Adventures with Ari makes compelling reading for dog lovers as well as anyone who’s been out and about in the woods. Like most projects of discovery, this process forces Kathryn to uncover much more than the physical—it allows important insight to her thoughts and feelings, and her relationships with her entire family, all thanks to a puppy named Ari.

After a few generations of losing touch with nature, our eyes don't work so well any more. So it's a fine idea to borrow another pair, especially if they're attached to a wet and useful nose. --Bill McKibben, author Deep Economy

Exhilarating...a fascinating and fun read. This exploration of the role of dogs in our lives never ceases to surprise. Kathryn Miles's writing is masterful, clean and precise; and her narrative is upbeat. --Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

Kathryn Miles is a freelance writer, an associate professor, and director of writing at Unity College, where she teaches in the environmental writing program. She has published widely ; Adventures with Ari is her first book. She and her family live in Unity, Maine.



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