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ASTORIA — KALA welcomes author and ecologist Robert Michael Pyle for a book release celebration 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20. The author will read, and a book signing and complimentary pie social will follow. Cocktails are available. Admission is $8.
The new reissue of Pyle’s “Where Bigfoot Walks” is a spectacular, moving and witty narrative exploration of not only the phenomenon of Bigfoot, but also the human need to believe that something is out there beyond the campfire — and that wildness remains.
Awarded a Guggenheim to investigate the legends of Sasquatch, Pyle trekked into the unprotected wilderness of the Dark Divide near Mount St. Helens, where he discovered both a giant fossil footprint and recent tracks. He searched out Indians who told him of an outcast tribe, the Seeahtiks, who had not fully evolved into humans. He attended Sasquatch Daze, where he met scientists, hunters and others who have devoted their lives to the search, and realized that “these guys don’t want to find Bigfoot — they want to be Bigfoot!”
A handful of open-minded biologists and anthropologists countered the tabloids he studied, while rogue Forest Service employees and loggers swore of an industry conspiracy to deep-six accounts of unknown, upright hominoid apes among us.
In the years since publication, the author’s fresh experiences and finds — detailed in an all-new chapter which includes an evaluation of recent DNA evidence from Bigfoot hair and scat, the study of speech phonemes in the “Sierra Sounds” purported Bigfoot recordings, Pyle’s examination of the impact of the wildly popular Animal Planet series “Bigfoot Hunters,” the reemergence of the famous Bob Gimlin into the Bigfoot community — have kept his own mind open to one of the biggest questions in the land.
Pyle is the author of twenty books and the recent poetry collection “Evolution of the Genus Iris.” A Yale-trained ecologist and a Guggenheim fellow, he is a full-time writer living in Southwestern Washington.
KALA is located at 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria.