Edible Baja Arizona reviews Mythical River
C-SPAN Book TV aired this interview about Under Desert Skies on June 18, 2017.
Arizona Daily Sun names Mythical River as a summer read
“A Worm Runs Through It,” in Edible Baja Arizona, is a story of an invasive species, a fishing trip, and an ethical dilemma.
“In Need of Rescue,” an essay on the City Creatures blog, explores the human impulse to help animals through an encounter with a sea lion.
“Witnessing Galactic Construction,” published in Desert Leaf, tells the story of astronomer Charles Messier and how his work sparked a beloved annual event.
September 28, 2017 – Silver City, NM. An evening with Melissa Sevigny at the Buckhorn Saloon and Opera House, hosted by the American Planning Association.
October 1, 2017 – Silver City, NM. Southwest Festival of the Written Word in Silver City, NM. Details here: https://swwordfiesta.org/melissa-l-sevigny-mythical-river/
Thank you to the hosts of past readings & events: The Bluff Creek Arts Festival, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson Festival of Books, AWP 2016, Tohono Chul Park, UA Special Collections, Barefoot Cowgirl Books/Bright Side Books, NoAZ Book Festival, The Learning Curve, Narrow Chimney Reading Series, and Western National Parks Association, KAWC, & Iowa State University/Ames Public Library.
Mythical River was named a “Nature Book of Uncommon Merit” by the John Burroughs Association, which honors the best published nature writing. This year’s John Burroughs Medal went to Brian Doyle’s novel Martin Marten. Other medal finalists, in addition to Mythical River, were John Lane’s Coyote Settles the South, Nick Neely’s Coast Range, and J. Drew Lanham’s The Home Place. Learn more about the award.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded Melissa Sevigny a 2017 Artists Research and Development Grant, in addition to the Bill Desmond Writing Award, for a nonfiction book project. It explores what it means to make a home in a world defined and reshaped by catastrophic events. She will rely on interviews with scientists and local experts, as well as her own observations, to explore the science of planetary catastrophe and how it relates to our most intimate choices about home and family.
The Pima County Public Library named Mythical River as a top pick for the 2016 Southwest Books of the Year. Reviewer Vicki Ann Duraine wrote:
Imagine a world in which a river’s conservation was as important as the community it supports. With the insight of a hydrologist and the heart of a poet, Sevigny champions this ideal in her lyrical and exhaustively-researched science journal cum memoir, interweaving the centuries-old paradigm of unlimited natural resources with the facts as she knows them: the Southwest is running out of water and rain does not follow the plow. … It is a call to arms: Mythical River may be the most important book you read all year.
Reviewer Bill Broyles said:
She’s balanced, funny, and perceptive… [and] brings a youthful exuberance to her alluring narrative.
My article A River’s Return, published in Edible Baja Arizona, wins first place for environmental/science writing from the Arizona Press Club! The article describes how the Colorado River’s experimental pulse flow restored water, and hope, to the Delta. (Photo courtesy of Seth Cothrun, with aerial support from LightHawk).
“Mythical River is an excellent read and an important contribution to the literature of the Southwest, especially that which focuses on water. The book’s scope moves from the micro to the human-scaled to the planetary, but it is all tied together to give a complete picture of the southwestern environment and the vital part water plays within it.”
—Christopher Cokinos, author, Bodies, of the Holocene