OBLONG ONLINE: Nina Shengold - "Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days," in conversation with Akiko Busch

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
via Zoom

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Nina Shengold will talk to author Akiko Busch about the benefits of unplugging, slowing down, and the joy of reconnecting with nature, as chronicled in her new book RESERVOIR YEAR.

Nina ShengoldReservoir Year by Nina ShengoldAkiko Busch

On the eve of her sixtieth birthday, Nina Shengold embarks on a challenge: to walk the path surrounding the Catskills’ glorious Ashokan Reservoir every day for a year, at all times of day and in all kinds of weather, trying to find something new every time. Armed with lively curiosity, infectious enthusiasm, and renewed stubbornness, she hits the path every day with all five senses wide open, searching for details that glint. As Shengold explores the secrets of this spectacular place, she rediscovers the glories of solitude and an expanded community, both human and animal. Step by step, her reservoir walks rekindle connections with family, strangers, and friends, with a landscape she grows to revere, and with a new sense of self.

Nina Shengold has profiled more than 200 writers for Chronogram, Poets & Writers, and Vassar Quarterly, and published stories and essays in Feckless Cunt: A Feminist Anthology, Love on the Road, Odd Shorts, Prima Materia, Riverine, and Tinker Street. She teaches creative writing at Vassar College and has also taught at Manhattanville College, SUNY Ulster, University of Maine, Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Omega Institute, Writers in the Mountains, and at Equinoxe International screenwriting workshop in Bordeaux. She lives in the foothills of New York’s Catskill Mountains, near the glorious Ashokan Reservoir.

Akiko Busch is the author of several essay collections, including Nine Ways to Cross a River, a series of linked essays about swimming across American rivers and The Incidental Steward, published by Yale University Press in 2013 and awarded an Honorable Mention in the Natural History Literature category of 2013 National Outdoor Book Awards. She was a contributing editor at Metropolis magazine for twenty years, and her work has appeared in numerous national magazines, newspapers, and exhibition catalogs. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency By Akiko Busch Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101980422
Availability: Backordered
Published: Penguin Books - February 11th, 2020