March Locals' Night with longtime Local Authors

Categories: Classes / Workshops Literary

Past Dates & Times

  • Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019 4pm-6pm


Bright Side Bookshop - 18 N. San Francisco St

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Join four longtime Flagstaff authors to honor the return of spring at Brightside Bookshop on Tuesday, March 19. Authors Susan Lamb, Don Lago, and Susan Deaver Olberding and photographer Tom Bean will be on hand to discuss their various projects that celebrate the natural environment.

Susan Deaver Olberding is an independent Flagstaff historian and has published five books on northern Arizona history, including Fort Valley Then and Now, Sunset on Glen Canyon, The San Francisco Peaks, Stewards of the Forest and Range, and “…going sketching now…” (the letters of Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton). She owns Fort Valley Publishing. Susan has been the historian/archivist for the USFS Fort Valley Experimental Forest and is a Museum of Northern Arizona Research Associate with a focus on institutional history.

Don Lago is an award-winning writer who has published more than 50 nature and astronomy essays in national magazines and literary journals. He is the author of eleven books, including
Where the Sky Touched the Earth and Grand Canyon: A History of a Natural Wonder and National Park.

Susan Lamb writes books on natural and cultural history for National Park cooperating associations and other regional publishers. A former interpretive ranger with the National Park Service in San Francisco and at Grand Canyon National Park, she offers illustrated programs on subjects ranging from the native grasses of the Flagstaff area to the enduring but little-known western contemplative tradition, and leads walks and extended tours of natural areas in the Southwest. Susan and her husband, photographer Tom Bean, also create independent publications and offer illustrated presentations to advocate for local conservation and social issues. In 1988, Susan founded the Arizona Natural History Association to foster education, interpretation, research, conservation, and stewardship of Arizona’s national forests through non-profit bookshops and programs. She and Tom also established Bread for the Journey of Flagstaff, which funded small community-building projects across northern Arizona for twelve years. She is currently coordinating the restoration of the habitat gardens surrounding the Willow Bend Environmental Education Center in Sawmill Multicultural Art and Nature County Park.

Tom Bean's photographs of the natural world have appeared in all categories of print and electronic media including hundreds of magazines, books, calendars, and textbooks around the world. Trained as a wildlife biologist, he served as an interpretive ranger in the National Park Service at Wind Cave, Denali, Death Valley, and Glacier Bay national parks. In 1983, Tom met Grand Canyon ranger Susan Lamb who was just beginning her career as a freelance writer of natural and human history. They married in 1990 and have collaborated on many projects. Over the last 36 years, in addition to his stock photography work aimed at a wide audience across the publishing industry, Tom has photographed many local subjects such as community celebrations, fairs, special events, and political rallies and marches. Included in this body of work is a special interest in recording community events on Native American reservations in Arizona. Tom recently founded the Flagstaff Cloud Appreciators Society and serves as Treasurer of Friends of the Rio de Flag.