October 16, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Mary Bruno, author of An American River: From Paradise to Superfund, Afloat on New Jersey's Passaic, will discuss her book Monday, Oct. 22, at noon in the Bucknell University Environmental Center (BUEC).

Bruno, who holds an advanced degree in aquatic ecology, will talk about the Passaic and about the genesis of her book project. She also will participate in a question-and-answer session.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is the third event in the fall 2012 series of Green Lunch Bag seminars. Attendees are invited to bring lunches; beverages are provided by the Environmental Center.

An American River is Bruno's environmental memoir about growing up along the Passaic's degraded lower reach. Part natural history, part personal history, part paddling adventure, the story follows the course of Bruno's kayak trip on the river.

It unravels the back-story of Diamond Alkali's dioxin legacy — which has been in the news recently as the complicated clean up process gets underway — and introduces a colorful, committed cast of environmental advocates.

An American River offers the Passaic as a "poster child" for troubled water and asks readers to consider ways in which human beings can live with nature without spoiling it.

Travel writer and novelist Jonathan Raban has called An American River "an intricate and satisfying braid of memoir, history, science, nature writing and acute social observation."

Green Lunch Bag seminars provide an opportunity to share current research and projects related to the environment. The BUEC is located on Fraternity Road across from the Observatory. No registration is necessary.

For more information about Environmental Center programs and projects, contact environmental.center@bucknell.edu or call 570-577-1490.

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