Understanding Where We Live: California’s Wild Edge Examines Coast as Place of Beginnings

NEVADA CITY, Calif. January 6, 2017 – Woodcut artist Tom Killion and poet Gary Snyder partnered for the book California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History. Released to wide acclaim in 2015, this 208 page book published by Heyday Books is an essential read for those who enjoy nature and want to better understand California’s unique geography and the literary history that grew up alongside its coastal towns.

Over 80 of Killion’s exquisite woodcut illustrations punctuate his carefully curated history. Poems and antidotes from Gary Snyder and other writers seem ingrained with California’s landscape are set into chapters that examine time, development and geography.  Killion provides selected writings and historical context along with an intimate look at journals and how these writings connect to culture and place. Killion addresses obvious literary figures like Robinson Jeffers as well as lesser-known authors, like horseman J. Smeaton Chase, who rode the coast in 1890, describing a rugged and expansive place that matched his desire for deep wilderness and solitude.

California’s coast, where the East and West meet—California’s Wild Edge offers a perspective of California looking inward from the East across the expanse of the West—a breathtaking view.

“It all begins again.

Sandpipers chasing the shiny surf

in the moonlight—

By a fire at the beach.”

excerpt from Point Reyes, Gary Snyder, California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History

California’s Wild Edge: The Coast in Prints, Poetry, and History

Hardcover, 11.5 x 9, 208 pages, with over 80 full-color prints; black-and-white illustrations

• Winner of the California Book Award, Gold Medal for Californiana

• Winner of the NCIBA Book of the Year Award (Regional Interest)

• Winner of the 2016 Northern California Book Reviewers Recognition Award

About The Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival brings filmmakers, environmentalists and those who love the outdoors together for a few rarified days of creative enthusiasm, activism and general good times in the heart of the Gold Country. Historic Nevada City and Grass Valley combine theatres, galleries and public spaces into Wild & Scenic venues. 10 world premieres highlight the lineup of more than 115 films along with filmmaker meet and greets, activist workshops, environmental fashion shows, and virtual reality environmental experiences. See event listings at www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.