Courtesy Counterpoint Press
ASTORIA — KALA welcomes author and naturalist Robert Michael Pyle for a book release celebration, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16. The evening includes a reading, book sales and signing, and complimentary appetizer social following Pyle’s presentation.
Doors open at 7 p.m. The cover is $8. KALA is at 1017 Marine Drive.
In “Magdalena Mountain,” Pyle’s first novel, he proves he’s as at home in an imagined landscape as he is in the natural one. At the center of this story of majesty and high mountain magic are three Magdalenas — Mary, a woman whose uncertain journey opens the book; Magdalena Mountain, shrouded in mystery and menace; and the all-black Magdalena alpine butterfly, the most elusive of several rare and beautiful species found on the mountain.
Pyle got his Ph.D. in butterfly ecology at Yale University, worked as a conservation biologist in Papua New Guinea, Oregon and Cambridge, and has written 22 books.