Longwood Gardens joins local libraries and community partners for the eighth year of the Longwood Gardens’ Community Read – a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation.
In 2021, we ask readers to explore where a fascination with plants, gardens, and nature might start for someone. How it might grow into something more? Perhaps flower into a career or hobby? We are featuring two books that touch on these ideas:
- The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature by J. Drew Lanham (adult book), and
- Ruby’s Birds by Mya Thompson (for younger readers).
Birds are a lifelong passion for Drew Lanham and in his book, The Home Place, he examines his history and path, its influences, and his struggles. Readers follow his journey as a successful wildlife ecologist who along the way uncovers lessons about legacy and his own need to inject deeper sense of human caring into his life and work. In Ruby’s Birds, Mya Thompson shares the story of a little girl who discovers her spark – birds - in her own city neighborhood. They enliven her world and excite her about nature. Her own journey begins.
Read and discuss these books with your friends and family, attend a library program, or sign up for an online program with Longwood Gardens this May using the links below!
Birds and Birding: A Community Read Conversation
Tuesday, May 4, at 6:30 pm
Join Community Read authors J. Drew Lanham (The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature) and Mya Thompson (Ruby’s Birds), alongside John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Park Ranger Wingyi Kung, as they discuss their lifelong love of birds and nature during this free 45-minute live, interactive webinar.
Artists on Storytelling: A Community Read Conversation
Thursday, May 11, 6:30 pm
Join Community Read author J. Drew Lanham (The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature), and master storyteller and creator of Voices in the Landscape Charlotte Blake Alston as they engage in a discussion of the art of storytelling during this free webinar.