Rivers run through them Beginning with a harrowing tale of outdoor adventure, Sarahlee Lawrence’s River House: A Memoir (published by Tin House Books) quickly evolves into a love letter to family and the Pacific Northwest. Returning to her childhood roots in central Oregon after serving as a guide on some of the world’s most perilous rivers, Lawrence hand-builds a log home with the help of her mother, a longtime rancher, and her father, a holdover hang-ten hippie. While Lawrence’s love of the land and her new home deepens, her once-strong bond with her father shows signs of deterioration. He longs to return to the ocean, to leave behind the drudgery of ranching life and pick up surfing again. As one family member moves away from a life along the water, another is once again drawn to it. Lawrence tells a heartbreaking story with an adventurer’s and naturalist’s poetic voice while shedding new light on the rugged people and natural beauty that make up this remote region of the country. Lawrence signs copies of River House at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Garcia Street Books, 376 Garcia St., 986-0151.
As part of Southwest Seminars’ Mother Earth Father Sky 2010 lecture series, poet, environmental activist, and columnist V.B. Price presents “Water Warfare in the Urban West” at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29, at Hotel Santa Fe (1501 Paseo de Peralta). Price discusses water quality, water rights, and the environmental and political perils that accompany the erosion of snowpacks feeding the Colorado and Río Grande rivers. Admission is $12 at the door; to learn more, visit www.southwestseminars.org.