Hub City Bookshop is excited to host John Lane at the Goodall Environmental Studies Center for a discussion of his new book Still Upright & Headed Downstream: Collected River Writing. Gathering a wealth of essays and poems about Lane's time spent paddling and floating rivers throughout the Southeast and around the world, this collection assembles over thirty-five years' worth of poetry and prose about rivers and river people. Lane will be in conversation with Wofford Environmental Studies professor Peter Brewitt, and the evening will feature a culinary surprise fromWilliam Cribb! Don't miss this wonderful event; join us at 6pm on Tuesday, April 12th. The evening is free and open to all, but save your spot and your copy of the book through the link below!
When John Lane was a young poet, a magazine editor asked him to leave the comfortable eddy of verse and contemplate in paragraphs why he was a kayaker. The resulting essay, "Why I Love Falling Water," began what would become a thirty-five-year stream of published poetry and prose about rivers and river people. Gathered here after decades, scattered individually throughout a dozen published books and many magazines, newspapers, and journals, are essays and poems about paddling and floating rivers all over the Southeast and beyond. Settings range from the Nantahala in North Carolina to the Tiburon in Mexico. This collection encompasses all John Lane's river writing outside his two book-length narratives CHATTOOGA: DESCENDING INTO THE DELIVERANCE RIVER and MY PADDLE TO THE SEA: ELEVEN DAYS IN THE RIVER OF THE CAROLINAS. Put in anywhere among this wealth of literary reflection and insight and you won't be disappointed.
John Lane is Emeritus Professor of environmental studies at Wofford College and was founding director of the college’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center. He is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including two novels. His COYOTE SETTLES THE SOUTH was one of four finalists for the John Burroughs Medal and was named by the Burroughs Society one of the year’s “Nature Books of Uncommon Merit.”
As an environmentalist in 2013 Lane was named Upstate Forever’s “Clean Water Champion,” and “Water Conservationist of the Year” by The South Carolina Wildlife Federation. In 2014 he was inducted into the SC Academy of Authors. He, with his wife Betsy Teter, is one of the co-founders of Spartanburg’s Hub City Writers Project.