Wild Spectacle

Wild Spectacle

Seeking Wonders in a World beyond Humans

by Janisse Ray

One woman's intentional exploration of the wild world

Looking for adventure and continuing a process of self-discovery, Janisse Ray has repeatedly set out to immerse herself in wildness, to be wild, and to learn what wildness can teach us. From overwintering with monarch butterflies in Mexico to counting birds in Belize, the stories in Wild Spectacle capture ...

  • Hardcover
  • 9781595349576
  • Published: October 2021

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  • 9781595349583
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Looking for adventure and continuing a process of self-discovery, Janisse Ray has repeatedly set out to immerse herself in wildness, to be wild, and to learn what wildness can teach us. From overwintering with monarch butterflies in Mexico to counting birds in Belize, the stories in Wild Spectacle capture her luckiest moments—ones of heart-pounding amazement, discovery of romance, and moving toward living more wisely. In Ray's worst moments she crosses boundaries to encounter danger and embrace sadness.

Anchored firmly in two places Ray has called home—Montana and southern Georgia—the sixteen essays here span a landscape from Alaska to Central America, connecting common elements in the ecosystems of people and place. One of her abiding griefs is that she has missed the sights of explorers like Bartram, Sacagawea, and Carver: flocks of passenger pigeons, routes of wolves, herds of bison. She craves a wilder world and documents encounters that are rare in a time of disappearing habitat, declining biodiversity, and a world too slowly coming to terms with climate change.

In an age of increasingly virtual, urban life, Ray embraces the intentionality of trying to be a better person balanced with seeking out natural spectacle, abundance, and less trammeled environments. She questions what it means to travel into the wild as a woman, speculates on the impacts of ecotourism and travel in general, questions assumptions about eating from the land, and appeals to future generations to make substantive change.

Wild Spectacle explores our first home, the wild earth, and invites us to question its known and unknown beauties and curiosities.

Forthcoming Events

Janisse Ray at the Southern Festival of Books2021-10-30 19:30:00VirtualRead more
Janisse Ray in conversation with Kathryn Aalto2021-10-27 18:00:00*Virtual Event* Live on Zoom!Read more
Janisse Ray at The Georgia Writers Museum2021-12-07 19:00:00109 S Jefferson Ave, Eatonton, GA 31024Read more
Janisse Ray at Nevermore Books2021-12-03 18:00:00910 Port Republic St, Beaufort, SC 29902Read more
Janisse Ray with Authors on the Air2021-12-03 16:00:00*Virtual Event* 601 Bladen St, Beaufort, SC 29902Read more
Janisse Ray at the Bookshelf2021-11-18 14:00:00126 S Broad St, Thomasville, GA 31792Read more
Janisse Ray at Eagle Eye Books2021-11-06 14:00:002076 N Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033Read more
Janisse Ray at Georgia Center for the Book2021-11-04 19:00:00215 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030Read more
Janisse Ray at M. Judson Booksellers2021-11-03 19:00:00130 S Main St, Suite 200A Greenville, SC 29601Read more
Janisse Ray at Tombolo Books2021-11-02 18:30:00*Virtual Event* 2153 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712Read more
Janisse Ray at First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head2021-10-31 16:00:00540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928Read more
Janisse Ray at The Porch Collective2021-10-30 14:00:002811 Dogwood Place Nashville Tennessee 37204Read more
Janisse Ray at Book Lady2021-10-28 18:30:006 E Liberty Street Savannah, GARead more