"Ground Truth" Book Launch & Earth Day Event

Twin Lakes in the North Umpqua watershed

The natural world offers beauty and resilience, and working to protect and restore it can give us hope and purpose in these grave times. Come together (digitally!) with a community of other nature lovers and writing enthusiasts for a special Earth Day-related book launch event featuring three local environmental authors and a fantastic outdoor-inspired raffle.

Cover of Ground Truth book

Hear from local author Ruby McConnell, whose new book of essays, “Ground Truth: A Geological Survey of a Life,” was just released. Ruby’s previous books “A Woman’s Guide to the Wild” and "A Girl's Guide to the Wild," are definitive outdoor guides for adventure-seeking girls and women. Ruby will be joined by friend, humorist, and writer Peter Brown Hoffmeister, and Oregon Wild’s Chandra LeGue, author of “Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide.”  

These three local authors and environmental advocates will share their love for the outdoors through stories, and aim to inspire action to care for the natural world we are all a part of and need now more than ever. 

This event is also a fundraiser for Oregon Wild, a group that works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlife, wild lands, and waters for future generations. Fundraising incentives (for those able to give)  include the opportunity to hike with Ruby and Chandra, and raffle "tickets" are available for $10 to win packages perfect for all outdoor lovers. Together we can help keep Oregon beautiful!

*Please consider supporting small and local businesses in these hard times by ordering “Ground Truth” and other featured books from local bookstores for pick-up or home delivery. Our featured sponsor of this event is Broadway Books of Portland, which will be stocking all three authors' books.

About the featured authors: 

Ruby McConnell is a writer, geologist, and environmental advocate living and writing in Eugene, Ore. Her writing examining the relationships between landscape and the human experience won an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in 2016. Ruby’s previous books “A Woman’s Guide to the Wild” and "A Girl's Guide to the Wild," are definitive outdoor guides for adventure-seeking girls and women. Her new book is “Ground Truth: A Geological Study of a Life” published by Overcup Press.

Born and raised in Michigan, Chandra LeGue has called Oregon home for 20 years. She has worked for Oregon Wild in their Eugene office since 2003, promoting policies that protect and restore Oregon’s forests and engaging the public in the organization’s work. She is the author of the book “Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A hiking guide”, released in 2019 by Mountaineers Books.

Pete “Pedro” Hoffmeister, is the author of five books including the recent novels This Is The Part Where You Laugh and Too Shattered For Mending (selected for best books of 2016 and 2017 by The American Library Association and Bank Street). He is also the author of the outdoor guide titled Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: A Fearless Guide To Taking Our Kids Into The Great Outdoors, a Parents Magazine Best Books selection for 2013. Hoffmeister runs the Integrated Outdoor Program at South Eugene High School and the podcast Boring Is A Swear Word.