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Author John Bates in Winchester on July 18

July 12, 2019

From 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 18, local author John Bates will be at the Winchester Public Library to discuss his book “Our Living Ancestors.”

Bates, the author of nine books and a contributor to seven others, has worked as a naturalist in Wisconsin’s Northwoods for 29 years. 

Old-growth forests touch the soul of many people. Some hear the echoes of Native Americans or the first settlers. Some feel the great age of the trees and revere them, while others feel they are in the presence of an overwhelmingly rare beauty. Still others understand the profound scientific value of old-growth forests as reference systems for what forests can be.

This book directs visitors to the 50 best old-growth sites left in Wisconsin. Each site has clear directions, a listing of ownership, size, and age, and a description of its ecological features, with perhaps a story of why it was saved. A map and photo(s) illustrates each site. An additional shorter chapter includes the “50 Best-of- the-Rest.”

The Northwoods Book Festival is a joint project of six libraries in northern Wisconsin: Boulder Junction Public Library, Frank B. Koller Memorial Library in Manitowish Waters, Mercer Public Library, Minocqua Public Library, Presque Isle Community Library, and Winchester Public Library. 

All programs are free and open to the public. The Northwoods Book Festival series is sponsored by a grant from the St. Matthias Thrift Shop in Minocqua.

For more or updated information on any of these author appearances, visit www.northwoodsbookfest. org or find Northwoods Books Fest on Facebook.

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