“Jamaica Bay in Print” is the theme of the 2008 Herbert Johnson Lecture Series that begins on October 29 and runs November 5, 12, and 19, each of these Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., an author will read from, discuss, give an illustrated talk, and highlight how their works “in print” connect to Jamaica Bay. All presentations occur at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge visitor center.

Betsy McCully, author of City at the Water’s Edge: A Natural History of New York, will deliver an illustrated presentation, “A Natural History of Jamaica Bay,” about the human impact of the city’s historic wetlands and estuary, including Jamaica Bay.

Broad Channel authors, Liz and Dan Guarino, will share stories and vintage pictures to tell the vibrant and surprising history of this island community during “Broad Channel – The Way it Was.” A book signing will follow.

Frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Charles Siebert, will be “Blurring the Boundaries” as he reads from Wickerby: An Urban Pastoral and the soon to be released The Wachula Woods Accord: Toward a New Understanding of Animals. These works explore and explode the illusory boundaries between city and nature and between human and animal.

The One Sixteen is a riveting police-mystery novel set in Broad Channel and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. During, “The One Sixteen in Broad Channel: A Novel Approach,” fiction writer, John Roumas, will read from his work and discuss the making of and the motivations for the novel, including his local research.

All presentations are free and open to the public. Reservations are suggested: 718-318-4340.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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