Manjula Martin discusses her book "The Last Fire Season: A Personal and Pyronatural History" in conversation with Lauren Markham
Sonoma County author Manjula Martin will be at Readers’ Books
on Wednesday, January 31st, at 6pm (POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER, check back for new time at a later date) to read from her book “The Last Fire Season: A Personal and Pyronatural History”. Joining her in conversation is Lauren Markham, a Northern California writer and educator. Manjula Martin’s book is a blend of memoir and nature writing, telling her story of moving from the city to Sonoma County to be near the wilderness she fondly remembers from childhood. This idyllic refuge, initially healing for her chronic pain, contends with the mounting danger of forest fires until 2020 when Martin is forced to evacuate along with thousands of others in our community. This crisis raises questions for the author about the role of colonization and land stewardship, as well as the role fire plays within western ecology. Fans of “H is for Hawk” and Joan Didion will enjoy this read.
Manjula Martin is coauthor, with her father, Orin Martin, of “Fruit Trees for Every Garden”, which won the 2020 American Horticultural Society Book Award. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Cut, Pacific Standard, Modern Farmer, and Hazlitt. She edited the anthology “Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living”; was managing editor of Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, “Zoetrope: All-Story”; and has worked in varied editorial capacities in the nonprofit and publishing sectors. She lives in West Sonoma County, California.