In December 2016, Engineering Eden was nominated and longlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award, which celebrates writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences.
Should We Control Nature to Make It Nicer? Death by grizzly, a trial, and the fight over controlling nature
By Michael Engelhard | Jan 20 2017
Former California park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith knows the dark side of the outdoors. He wrote Nature Noir–an account of crazed miners, violent drug users, and other backcountry dangers–and suffered for years from undiagnosed Lyme disease, which he contracted while on patrol. His new book, Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature (Crown, 2016), tackles the issue of managing wildness.
At dawn on Sunday, September 18th, a blanket of clouds hung over the tawny grass mountainsides around Missoula, Montana. The cottonwoods had begun to turn yellow. On the south edge of town, in the home that the retired wildlife biologist John Craighead had occupied with his wife, Margaret, for six decades, the couple’s daughter, Karen, had been sleeping only intermittently…
Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:30pm, Grass Valley, CA: Jordan Fisher Smith, author of the bestselling book Nature Noir will read from and discuss his new book Engineering Eden, the death of Harry Walker, and the fight over controlling nature. In the show’s second half he will be joined on the stage by Jason Mark, Sierra magazine editor and author of Satellites in the High Country for a discussion with the audience about the future of wilderness and national parks. Tickets are available online $20 member, $22 nonmember. For more information call the center at (530) 274-8384
Emmylou Harris and a Teddy Roosevelt impersonator celebrate a hundred years of the National Park Service at Yellowstone.