New Sonoma Mountain book by local authors
The newly published book about Sonoma Mountain, Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images, invites the reader to explore this natural treasure at the heart of southern Sonoma County. The coffee-table book features 140 photographs, a dozen maps, and numerous quotes by people who know the land and its history well. All the contributors live on or near the mountain.
Glen Ellen-based author Arthur Dawson and his co-authors Meg Beeler, Rebecca Lawton and Tracy Salcedo have deep roots in Sonoma County. Photographer Ed Cooper lives on Sonoma Mountain. The stories from Wendy Eliot, Richard Dale, and other local conservation leaders make the book heartfelt and personal, almost like a mountain diary.
They invite you to learn about Sonoma Mountain's flora and fauna, read the stories of the Coast Miwok, Jack London and other writers, artists and visionaries, and explore the trails on foot. And they ask the reader for more - to feel this mountain as a living presence, a character with a role in our local landscape.
“The sweeping, sloping mountain forming the backdrop to the Sonoma and Petaluma valleys has a rich history that Arthur Dawson presents here eloquently,” says Dave Koehler, executive director of Sonoma Land Trust. “Following the footsteps of the grizzly and the cougar, the Miwok and the settlers, to Jack and Charmian London and present-day ranchers and recreationists, this stunning book will inspire people for generations, just as Sonoma Mountain has always done.”
The book is published by Sonoma Mountain Preservation, a local non-profit organization, to celebrate its 25th anniversary in March 2019.
Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images can be ordered directly from Sonoma Mountain Preservation at sonomamountain.org, or purchased at Readers Books in Sonoma or Copperfield's in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol and Petaluma.
Book launch events
“A More Ancient Order - Wildlife, Stewardship & Conservation,” March 7, 6-8 p.m., Finley Community Center Auditorium, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa. In partnership with Sonoma Land Trust. Tickets: $10 at slt030719.eventbrite.com.
“A Treasure in Time - Natural & Cultural History,” March 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth St., Petaluma. In partnership with the Petaluma Museum Association. Free admission. Register at www.petalumamuseum.com/calendar-event/wednesday-dialogues-the-museum-where-the-world-begins-sonoma-mountain-stories-images/.
“Our Big Backyard - Community Access & Renewal,” April 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Vintage House, 264 1st St. East, Sonoma. In partnership with Sonoma Ecology Center. Suggested donation $10. Register at www.eventbrite.com/o/sonoma-mountain-preservation-18759322440.
Sonoma Mountain Summit Day Hike: April 12, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Join LandPaths for a hike to the top of Sonoma Mountain with author and historical ecologist Arthur Dawson. Along the way hear stories about the mountain and the people who have lived on or near it over the millennia. Suggested donation $20-$30. Register at landpaths.z2systems.com/np/clients/landpaths/eventList.jsp.
Sonoma Mountain Wildflower Trek: April 13-14. Join LandPaths and Sonoma Mountain Preservation for a two-day wander across Sonoma Mountain. Wildlife ecologist Meghan Walla-Murphy and historical ecologist Arthur Dawson are joining together to tell a holistic story of this beloved mountain. Cost: $290. Register at landpaths.z2systems.com/np/clients/landpaths/eventList.jsp.