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“Each of us finds our identity within the communities we call home,” writes Terry Tempest Williams in Erosion, a galvanizing new collection of essays that navigates the emotional, geographical, and communal territories of home. Sizing up the assaults on America’s public lands and the erosion of our commitment to the open spaces of democracy, Williams fiercely examines the many forms of erosion we face—of democracy, science, compassion, and trust. From the gutting of sacred lands to Native Peoples of the American Southwest to the undermining of the Endangered Species Act, Williams testifies about the harsh reality of the climate crisis and how our earth—our home—is being torn apart. One of today’s most important writers and conservationists, Williams is the award-winning author of The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks; Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; and When Women Were Birds. Discussing her new essays with the Library Foundation’s Director of Public Programs Jessica Strand, Williams blazes a way forward through dispiriting times to arrive at new truths about the beauty of human nature.

Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams is the award-winning author of The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National ParksRefuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; Finding Beauty in a Broken World; and When Women Were Birds, among other books. Her work is widely taught and anthologized around the world. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is currently the Writer-in-Residence at the Harvard Divinity School. She and her husband Brooke Williams divide their time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Castle Valley, Utah.

Jessica Strand

Jessica Strand is the Director of Public Programs at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Previously, she has worked in programming for the Alexandria House, The Strand Bookstore, and The New York Public Library before, most recently, founding the cultural initiative, “Dear America.” Strand has contributed to many publications including The LA Times, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and more. She is an editor and an author of over a dozen cookbooks and literary anthologies.


This program will take place at The Moss Theater at the New Roads School at 3131 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404


Self-parking is available in the New Roads School lot for scheduled events, but availability varies by event.
Street parking is also an option behind the campus on Nebraska Ave or to the east on Centinela Avenue.

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