Robert Michael Pyle - Magdalena Mountain Author Reading & Book Signing Sat. Dec. 15th at 2:00 PM
Magdalena Mountain by Robert Michael Pyle was beautifully highlighted in the November issue of Hipfish Monthly. Award winning author and local treasure Robert Michael Pyle will be reading excerpts from his amazing novel Magdalena Mountain at Friends of Skamokawa’s RiverLife Interpretive Center/Central School/Redmen Hall on Saturday December 15th 2:00 to 4:00 PM. It is always magical when Bob Pyle does a reading here during our holiday celebration. On a clear day, you can see the pink and orange sky sunsets over Vista Park, views of the river and more from Skamokawa's historically elegant gem, Queen Anne style building, built in 1894. We will be serving wine and hors d’oeuvres for your enjoyment.
Here is the piece from Hipfish Monthly featuring Robert Michael Pyle followed by praise and reviews:
"DRAFT AFTER DRAFT, ten in all, over a span of 42 years and fitting it in between all the nonfiction books, Robert Michael Pyle states of his first novel and twenty second published work, “I consider it my long apprenticeship in the art of fiction.” There is no better reader than Pyle of his own works—his fascination and passion that drive his scholarly prowess show up. And no one can better spice up the mating of two insects, in fact maybe even making human sexuality pale in comparison. Says author Molly Gloss, “Fans of Robert Michael Pyle’s nonfiction will not be surprised to find his first novel abounding in details of the natural world—lovingly described plant and animal and insect life across the changing of the seasons on a remote Colorado mountain. What they may not expect is the bold imagination he brings to these pages—an amnesiac who might be the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene, a pantheist colony of monks in cahoots with feminist antinuclear activists, a Yale graduate student on the trail of a mysterious hitchhiking lepidopterist! Magdalena Mountain is thoroughly original, and thoroughly Robert Michael Pyle.” As a boy, says Pyle, he had fallen in love with an all-black butterfly called the Magdalena Alpine, which haunted the high mountain rockslides in western Colorado where his family had a cabin. He thought he would write a juvenile book, much like one called, Wings in the Meadow, by friend and butterfly educator Jo Brewer, but about Magdalena and its dramatic habitat. He quickly got bored with this as it didn’t give him the scope to explore the creature and