“An exciting, expert, and invaluable group portrait of seminal women writers enriching a genre crucial to our future.”
— Booklist, American Library Association
Who are the pioneering and imaginative women who dared … to take simple walks without the chaperone of men? To pick up a pen and write under their own names? To record their protests, poetry and prose? To change history? In Writing Wild, Kathryn Aalto lyrically profiles 25 women, both historical and current, whose influential nature writing has deepened our connection to and understanding of the natural world. These inspiring wordsmiths are scholars, spiritual seekers, conservationists, scientists, novelists, and explorers. They defy easy categorization but share a bold authenticity that makes their work distinct and universal. Featured writers include:
- Dorothy Wordsworth, Susan Fenimore Cooper, Gene Stratton-Porter, Mary Austin, and Vita Sackville-West
- Nan Shepherd, Rachel Carson, Mary Oliver, Carolyn Merchant, and Annie Dillard
- Gretel Ehrlich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Diane Ackerman, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Lauret Savoy
- Rebecca Solnit, Kathleen Jamie, Carolyn Finney, Helen Macdonald, and Saci Lloyd
- Andrea Wulf, Camille T. Dungy, Elena Passarello, Amy Liptrot, and Elizabeth Rush
Part travel essay, literary biography, and cultural history, Writing Wild ventures into the landscapes and lives of extraordinary writers and encourages a new generation of women to pick up their pens, head outdoors, and start writing wild. Publication date June 24, 2020.
The setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures was inspired by the Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. In The Natural World of Winne-the-Pooh, garden historian Kathryn Aalto explores how this magical place inspired A. A. Milne to create the cherished tales that not only remain relevant, but wildly popular today. Celebrating the intersection between literature and landscapes, Aalto takes readers into a journey of the places, plants, and people who inspired the stories. In a delightful narrative, enriched with E. H. Shepard’s original illustrations, original colour photographs by Kathryn, and Milne’s own words, you will rediscover your favorite characters and the magical but very real place they call home.
“Beautifully written and thoroughly researched, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh provides an intimate look into the magic and inspirations behind Milne’s stories, while reminding us of the joy children experience through nature.” — Richard Louv, The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods
A limited edition book, Nature and Human Intervention details the process behind the 2011 Laurent-Perrier Chelsea Flower Show gold-medal garden, a collaboration between three acclaimed artists-garden designer Luciano Giubbilei, acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma,and sculptor Peter Randall-Page. Essays by Kathryn Aalto.
Captured in 250 colour photographs by Steve Wooster and Allan Pollock-Morris, the book shows how artists, craftsmen, and suppliers worked together to expose, highlight, and craft beauty from Nature. “We return time and again to the comfortable vocabularies, images, sounds, memories, thoughts and feelings that constitute the boundaries of our experience and expression,” says Luciano Giubbilei. “Yet every now and then, we encounter a breakthrough moment– a rare instant when the daunting constraints of possibility melt away and when we gain the courage to focus through new lenses.”