Author Talk With Obi Kaufmann

Join us on Tuesday, December 8 at 6 PM for an exciting author talk with painter-poet Obi Kaufmann, opens a new window as he discusses his new book, The Forests of California. This event will be introduced by Library JPA Board Member and Atherton Mayor, Rick DeGolia. Make sure to register in advance for this event so you don't miss out!

The Forests of California

The Forests of California features an abundance of Obi Kaufmann's signature watercolor maps and trail paintings, weaving them into an expansive and accessible exploration of the biodiversity that defines California in the global imagination. Expanding on the style of Kaufmann's first book, The California Field Atlas (#1 San Francisco Chronicle best-seller), Kaufmann tells an epic story that spans millions of years, nearly one hundred species of trees, and an astonishing richness of ecosystems. 

The Forests of California not only guides readers through the Golden State's forested lands, but it also presents a profoundly original vision of nature in the twenty-first century. Make sure you place a hold on a physical copy of The Forests of California and The California Field Atlas and check them out using Curbside Pickup.

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About Obi Kaufmann

Growing up in the East Bay as the son of an astrophysicist and a psychologist, Obi Kaufmann spent most of high school practicing calculus and breaking away on weekends. On these getaways, he would scramble around Mount Diablo to map its creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood, he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. For Kaufmann, the epic narrative of the California backcountry holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come.

Explore more of Kaufmann’s work and essays on his website, opens a new window.

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