J. Drew Lanham Reading & Discussion | The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature ONLINE


Join Natural History Institute and Peregrine Book Co for a conversation with J. Drew Lanham, an ornithologist, wildlife ecology professor at Clemson University, and author (The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair With Nature, “9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher,” and more) and NHI Executive Director, Tom Fleischner. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Please click here to register for this event. There will also be a YouTube livestream option, but only people who register via zoom using the link above will be able to participate in Q&A.

About the Book

From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges The Home Place, a big-hearted, unforgettable memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham.

Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina--a place "easy to pass by on the way somewhere else"--has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be "the rare bird, the oddity."

By turns angry, funny, elegiac, and heartbreaking, The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South--and in America today.

About the Author

J. Drew Lanham is a native of Edgefield, South Carolina, and an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University. Lanham is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram's Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home, among others. He and his family live in the Upstate of South Carolina, a soaring hawk's downhill glide from the southern Appalachian escarpment that the Cherokee once called the Blue Wall.

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Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 5:00pm

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The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571313508
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Milkweed Editions - June 13th, 2017