Kingston Public Library book discussion with John Muir biography author


Kingston Public Library will host a discussion with Dr. John B. Hunt, the author of Restless Fires: Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68 (find it near you) at 6pm on Thursday, April 25.

Restless Fires provides a detailed rendering of John Muir’s thousand-mile walk to the Gulf based on both manuscript and published accounts. Hunt particularly examines the development of Muir’s environmental thought as a young adult as he experienced delight in seeing nature anew after recovering from partial blindness due to a factory accident. Muir witnessed the Civil War’s devastating impacts and efforts towards Reconstruction on towns, villages, and people. This is one of the first books on John Muir’s thousand-mile walk that places his journey in the context of the Civil War and Reconstruction, to which Muir gave
only passing witness.

Dr. Hunt spent a number of days at the Kingston Public Library and the Roane County Historical Society’s Archives while conducting research for his book.  Dr. Hunt was so impressed with the people of Kingston and Roane County that he wanted to do a program at the Kingston Public Library. 

Dr. Hunt will have copies of his book for sale. Proceeds of all book sales will go to the Kingston Public Library.  The program is being sponsored by the Kingston Public Library, its Foundation, and the Roane Writer’s Group. If you have any questions concerning the event, please contact Steve Jacks at 865.376.9905 or at directorkpl@comcast.net

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