From our friends at Nabokov on Mt Ashland
Sunday, August 1 @ 3PM
The famous author of Lolita stayed in Ashland the summer of 1953, and after spending his days combing the mountainside for butterflies, he wrote the final chapters of the infamous book in Oregon. Learn about Nabokov, why he came here looking for insects, enjoy a reading of some of his works, eat a light meal and stay cool on Mt Ashland.
The Library Foundation is pleased to host Dr. Robert Pyle, co-author of Nabokov’s Butterlies, as our guest speaker. Admirers of the great novelist Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) know that collecting and classifying butterflies was for him not so much a hobby as an obsession, especially during the 1940s, when he worked for Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology and made important discoveries about the American genera known as Blues. Butterfly-linked images and ideas pervade some of his fiction, and butterfly-collecting expeditions took up much of his free time.
Robert Michael Pyle is the author of fourteen books, including Chasing Monarchs, Where Bigfoot Walks, and Wintergreen, which won the John Burroughs Medal. A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim Fellow, he is a full-time writer living in southwestern Washington.
Tickets are $36.
For tickets and details, see www.jclf.org.