First Person: Authors Talk


December 17, 2021    
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


1017 Marine Drive , Astoria, Oregon, 97103

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Robert Michael Pyle joins host Heather Hirschi for First Person: Authors Talk on Friday, December 17, at KALA, 7:30pm. Tickets at

We hope you will join us for a lively conversation with the esteemed biologist and writer who has worked in conservation biology around the world.
The evening’s discussion will focus on Pyle’s latest books, “Nature Matrix: New and Selected Essays” (Counterpoint Press), a 2021 finalist for PEN America’s prestigious Art of the Essay Award, and “Tidewater Reach: Field Guide to the Lower Columbia River in Poems and Pictures,” a collection of 44 new river poems by Bob and photographs by Judy VanderMaten of Cathlamet (Columbia River Reader Press); The author of twenty-four books from poetry collections to a flight of butterfly books, Pyle is the Founder of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and was recently named an honorary life Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society. Well loved in our coastal writing community, Pyle’s fame took to the screen last year with the 2020 film, The Dark Divide, which tells the story of Pyle’s epic journey through Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The film starred David Cross as Pyle with Debra Messing playing his late wife, Tia. Pyle lives and writes in Gray’s River.

Friday, December 17. Doors open at 7pm. Show at 7:30pm. Tickets $15 at Limited capacity, following COVID-19 Guidelines.