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Next meeting: Wednesday, May 25 at 7pm on Zoom

Note: the Nature Book Club will be on summer break in June, July, and August,

and return again in September.

​The book club is free to attend, and all are welcome.

If you have never registered for the book club, please register via the link below. If you have registered in the past, you are already on the list and do not need to register again.

Register Here


You are warmly invited to RPA's new Nature Book Club, with Rama Hamarneh, PhD. The book club provides a space to discuss books related to nature, together as a community!

One evening a month, we will meet on Zoom to discuss a book we have read, and the work's relationship to nature. We will explore multiple aspects of nature in literature - represented through multiple genres and authors from around the globe.

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For May, we'll be reading Robert Macfarlane's Underland: A Deep Time Journey, an "epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself."

This book is available through the Upper Hudson Library System in physical format, in ebook and audiobook format via Libby and Hoopla, at Market Block Books, and through other book sellers.




Previous Nature Book Club selections have included:
Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World, Alison H. Deming and Lauret Savoy, eds.

The Book of Eels by Patrik Svensson

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald


​"For me, nature has always provided inspiration for both writing and reading."
- Nature Book Club Leader Rama Hamarneh, PhD.

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Rama is a published writer with a PhD in Comparative Literature. She works as a staff adviser at RPI, is on the community committee for Poesten Kill Bends Preserve in Troy, and a member of the RPA Board of Directors.

Questions about the Nature Book Club? Contact Dan at dan@rensselaerplateau.org.