• What should I read next?
  • When does the book group meet

An Evening with Naturalist Obi Kaufmann


19 JULY 2019 - 7:00 PM / TALK & SIGNING

Obi Kaufmann -The State of Water

Obi Kaufmann, author of the best-selling California Field Atlas, turns his artful yet analytical attention to the Golden State's single most complex and controversial resource: water. In this new book, full-color maps unravel the braided knot of California's water infrastructure and ecosystems, exposing a history of unlimited growth in spite of finite natural resources--a history that has led to its current precarious circumstances. Yet this built world depends upon the biosphere, and in The State of Water Kaufmann argues that environmental conservation and restoration efforts are necessary not only for ethical reasons but also as a matter of human survival. Offering nine perspectives to illustrate the most pressing challenges facing California's water infrastructure, from dams to species revitalization, Kaufmann reveals pragmatic yet inspiring solutions to how water in the West can continue to support agriculture, municipalities, and the environment. Interspersed throughout with trail paintings of animals that might yet survive under a caring and careful water ethic, Kaufmann shows how California can usher in a new era of responsible water conservation, and--perhaps most importantly--how we may do so together.

We are thrilled to welcome Obi Kaufmann back to Danville and Rakestraw Books - he grew up here! - on Friday, 19 July 2019 at 7 PM. Please make your reservation to join us by calling the shop at (925) 837-7337.


Event date: 

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

3 Railroad Ave
Danville, CA 94526
The State of Water: Understanding California's Most Precious Resource Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597144698
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heyday Books - June 1st, 2019

Staff Pick Badge
The California Field Atlas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597144025
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heyday Books - September 5th, 2017

Rakestraw Book of the Year 2017