Rachel Carson biographer to visit library

William Souder to discuss noted environmentalist


LAKE ELMO — St. Croix Valley author William Souder will discuss his book on famed environmentalist Rachel Carson, “Silent Spring,” at 6:30 p.m. April 11 at the Lake Elmo Public Library.

Souder’s biography on Carson was published on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Carson’s book, “Silent Spring.” Carson’s book is recognized as the key to the beginnings of what is now the environmental and sustainability movements.

Souder’s book on Carson has been praised by critics. The New York Times on Sept. 14, 2012, said: “In Souder’s telling, almost every aspect of Carson’s life and times becomes captivating: her difficult personal circumstances (she grew up in rural poverty, was the sole breadwinner in her family and battled breast cancer while writing and then defending “Silent Spring”); the publishing milieu; and the continuing friction between those who would preserve nature versus those who would bend it to provide utility for man.”

Souder’s work has appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Harper’s. He is the author of “A Plague of Frogs” which followed the investigation into outbreaks of deformed frogs across North America. Souder’s book “Under a Wild Sky,” the story of pioneer and bird artist John James Audubon, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Souder lives in Grant, Minn.

Books are available at Valley Book Sellers, 217 Main St., Stillwater, prior to the program and they will be available that evening for purchase and signing at the library.

Lake Elmo Public Library is at 3537 Lake Elmo Ave. North in Lake Elmo. Call 651-773-4926 or visit lakeelmopubliclibrary.org for more information The program is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Elmo Library.