Tom Fleischner: Nature, Love, Medicine | Launch Party! | Reading, Q&A, Booksigning

3 pm | SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14nature, love, medicine

The Peregrine is excited to host the launch party for Tom Fleischner's new collaborative book, Nature, Love, Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness (Torrey House Press, September 17th, 2017 release). Also joining us for the celebration will be Contributors:  Edie Dillon and Melanie Bishop!

Natural History InstituteThis event is co-sponsored by the Natural History Institute


Praise for the Book

"In Nature, Love, Medicine, nearly two dozen writers, poets, scientists, and healers reflect on what loving and needing nature really means to them. Read it, and you'll be stirred to ask the same of your own reflection—in the clearest, quietest pool you can find." —Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us and Countdown

"A sigh of relief, a blessing from some of the continent's most beautiful writers, a cooling breeze for an over–heated time ― Tom Fleischner's new anthology is a pleasure, start to finish." ―Kathleen Dean Moore, author of Piano Tide and Great Tide Rising

"By healing our relationship with nature, we heal ourselves." —Robin Wall Kimmerer

About the Book

A diverse array of people—psychologists and poets, biologists and artists, a Buddhist teacher, and much more—share personal stories that reveal a common theme: when we pay conscious, careful attention to our wider world, we strengthen our core humanity. This practice of natural history leads to greater physical, psychological, and social health for individuals and communities.

Nature, Love, Medicine features writers with varied backgrounds and talents. Notable contributors range from conservationist and author Brooke Williams and award-winning author Elisabeth Tova Bailey to Vietnamese Buddhist monk and teacher Thich Nhat Hanh and internationally known poet Jane Hirshfield.

About the Authortom fleishner

Thomas Lowe Fleischner, editor of Nature, Love, Medicine, is a naturalist and conservation biologist, and Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, as well as Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College, where he has taught interdisciplinary environmental studies for almost three decades. He edited The Way of Natural History and authored Singing Stone: A Natural History of the Escalante Canyons and Desert Wetlands. Visit Tom Fleischner's website »

Also see the Natural History Institute's new website »

About the Contributors

Edie Dillon is a nationally exhibited sculptor, painter and environmental artist whose work seeks to honor the beauty and mystery of the world. She has also worked as an educator, environmental advocate, and national park ranger. Her large installation project, Yellow Dirt Testimony, is currently at the Coconino Center for the Arts as part of the Hope and Trauma in a Poisoned Land exhibit bringing attention to the impacts of uranium mining on Navajo lands and people. Learn more about Dillon:,

Melanie Bishop writes fiction, nonfiction and screenplays and has taught all these subjects at Prescott College in Arizona for 22 years, where she was also founder and fiction/nonfiction editor for Alligator Juniper. Her young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life, was released by Torrey House Press in January, 2014, and was a top-five finalist for both the John Gardner Award in Fiction, sponsored by University of Binghamton, and the Firecracker Awards, sponsored by Council of Literary Magazines & Presses--CLMP. Currently in Prescott, she works as a writer, editor, coach and book doctor (Lexi Services), and reviews books for Huffington Post, Carmel Magazine and New York Journal of Books. She hosts annual Write & Play retreats in Carmel-by-the Sea, California. Information on Lexi at

Event date: 

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 3:00pm

Event address: 

The Peregrine Book Company
219 Cortez Street
Prescott, AZ 86301