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Abbie Gascho Landis

Abbie Gascho Landis is a writer, veterinarian, and naturalist. She has won Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies 2015 Essay Award, an Arthur DeLong Writing Award, and was a finalist for the Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Award. Landis holds a bachelor’s degree in English and biology from Goshen College and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from The Ohio State University. Her writing has been published in Pinchpenny Press, Full Grown People, and Paste Magazine.

Immersion Book Signing at Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza

Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 3:00pm EDT
Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
United States

Come meet the author of Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels. Find out why Abbie Gascho Landis is a "freshwater mussel groupie." Learn about these...

Come meet the author of Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels. Find out why Abbie Gascho Landis is a "freshwater mussel groupie." Learn about these remarkable, endangered animals, and why Immersion is about more than mussels.

Abbie Gascho Landis at the Green Toad Bookstore

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 2:00pm EDT
The Green Toad Bookstore
198 Main Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
United States

Join us for a presentation by Abbie Gascho Landis, author of Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels.

"Abbie Gascho Landis first fell for freshwater mussels while submerged in an Alabama creek, her pregnant belly squeezed into a wetsuit. After an hour of fruitless scanning, a mussel materialized from the rocks—a little spectaclecase, herself pregnant, filtering the river water through a delicate body while her gills bulged with offspring. In that moment of connection, Landis became a mussel groupie, obsessed with learning more about the creatures’ hidden lives. She isn’t the only fanatic; the shy mollusks, so vital to the health of rivers around the world, have a way of inspiring unusual devotion.

In Immersion, Landis brings readers to a hotbed of mussel diversity, the American Southeast, to seek mussels where they eat, procreate, and, too often, perish. Accompanied often by her husband, a mussel scientist, and her young children, she learned to see mussels on the creekbed, to tell a spectaclecase from a pigtoe, and to worry what vanishing mussels—70 percent of North American species are imperiled—will mean for humans and wildlife alike. In Immersion, Landis shares this journey, traveling from perilous river surveys to dry streambeds and into laboratories where endangered mussels are raised one precious life at a time.

Mussels have much to teach us about the health of our watersheds if we step into the creek and take a closer look at their lives. In the tradition of writers like Terry Tempest Williams and Sy Montgomery, Landis gracefully chronicles these untold stories with a veterinarian’s careful eye and the curiosity of a naturalist. In turns joyful and sobering, Immersion is an invitation to see rivers from a mussel’s perspective, a celebration of the wild lives visible to those who learn to search."

Abbie Gascho Landis at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 6:00pm EDT
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27705
United States

Abbie Gascho Landis at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017 

6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Abbie Gascho Landis, winner of the 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize...

Abbie Gascho Landis at the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies

 

Thursday, April 27, 2017 

6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Abbie Gascho Landis, winner of the 2015 CDS Documentary Essay Prize for Writing, will be reading from her newly published book Immersion: The Science and Mystery of Freshwater Mussels.

The CDS Documentary Essay Prize honors the best in documentary photography and writing in alternating years: one year, photos; one year, writing. The focus is on current or recently completed work from a long-term project. The 2015 prize competition was awarded in writing. The winning essay, "Immersion: Our Native Mussels and Bodies of Freshwater," was submitted by Abbie Gascho Landis, a writer and veterinarian in Cobleskill, New York. For six years, Landis snorkeled in creeks, explored large rivers, visited laboratories, and interviewed biologists in order to document "these remarkable animals." In her essay, Landis weaves personal experience into her investigation of native mussels and their freshwater habitats as one way of looking at water issues in the Deep South and elsewhere in the United States.

 

Read more about Abbie Gascho Landis' prizewinning essay here: http://documentarystudies.duke.edu/projects/2015-documentary-essay-prize...

 

Event Location: 

Center for Documentary Studies

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Event Contact: 

CDS Front Desk

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660-3663