A new activity for our monthly meeting will be a Northwoods Go Big Read book discussion.
Go Big Read, now in its tenth year, is a common book program that the University of Wisconsin-Madison established to engage the campus community and those beyond in a shared reading experience. It is designed to promote learning and community through group discussions and the exchange of ideas.
Each year the UW Chancellor selects one book, and activities incorporating the book are held campus-wide and community-wide. The book for 2018-19 is The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan, published in 2017. This book focuses on the imperiled Great Lakes, which represent 20% of the fresh water in the world. In his New York Times review, Robert Moor likened Egan’s book to Rachel Carson’s landmark book Silent Spring (1962). As we face our own issues of water quality and invasive species here in the Northwoods, the book is both a cautionary tale and a call to action.
You are invited to read the book and take part in the discussions to be held October 15th at 1:30 pm at the UW Trout Lake Station, Boulder Junction. There will be a tour of the station prior to the discussion at 12:30 pm. Directions to Trout Lake Station from Minocqua: Take Highway 51 North. Turn right onto Highway N. Turn left onto 3110 Trout Lake Station Drive. Or Take Highway 51 North. Turn right onto Highway M (to Boulder Junction). Turn left onto Highway N. Turn right onto 3110 Trout Lake Station Drive.There is a parking lot to the right as you enter the drive and the building you want is straight ahead at the top of the drive. Parking is limited so I would suggest car pooling.
Northwoods Go Big Read sponsors include the Minocqua Public Library, UW Trout Lake
Station; and local chapters of the American Association of University Women, League of
Women Voters, UW Alumni Association, the Citizens’ Climate Lobby of Oneida and Vilas
Counties, St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church, and Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.