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Paul Bogard: The End of Night

Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for this reading and slide show by author and traveller Paul Bogard.


The Booklist review of The End of Night says, “In this artful blend of environmental and cultural history, Bogard manages to make a book about light pollution pure reading pleasure. As he travels the world looking for dark spaces that best reveal the night skies, Bogard considers our affinity for artificial light, the false sense of security it provides, and its implications. He studies the skies of Las Vegas and Paris, Walden Pond and Mantua, Italy. He walks with lighting designers, naturalists, and astronomers while pondering the best way to embrace the night. Authors such as Thoreau and Henry Beston serve as hallmarks, while the thoughtfulness with which Bogard considers such broadly diverse issues as the impact of working the night shift and the persecution of bats, quintessential creatures of the night, is inspiring. Bogard urges readers to weigh the ramifications of light pollution and our failure to address them, illustrating his arguments with photographs that prove his point (most staggeringly, a satellite shot of Europe’s light pollution). Smart, surprising, and thoroughly enjoyable.”

Here is a link to a review article in MOTHER JONES.


A native Minnesotan, Paul Bogard grew up watching the stars and moon from a lake in the northern part of the state. He has lived and taught in New Mexico, Nevada, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, and is now assistant professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Co-sponsored by the Spring Creek Project, the Friends of the Library and Grass Roots Books and Music

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Main Meeting Room
645 NW Monroe Ave
Charles Goodrich
1 541 737 6198
charles.goodrich at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
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