Environmental Studies alumna Caroline Ailanthus will debut her novel, To Give a Rose, on July 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Colony Mill Food Court Atrium as part of the Atrium Thursdays series. The event will also feature the music of Aura Shards, an experimental fusion project based in Brattleboro, VT, with Anders Burrows, primarily on handpan, and Jed Blume, primarily on tabla.
To Give a Rose’ is a fictional account of human evolution and the wakening of awareness, woven together with a contemporary storyline exploring connection and love. All Atrium Thursdays events are free ($5 suggested donation).
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About the Book
Artist Sophie Smith “listens” to fossils to seek inspiration, but her latest subjects, a pair of ape-like human ancestors millions of years old, could give her something else as well. Never has she needed a clear perspective on human descent so much, for now she is unexpectedly pregnant.
As Sophie struggles to make art and make a decision, her speculations frame and introduce the real stories of seventy-five years in a proto-human community, the “foot-ape” Tribe of the River Confluence. There is the community founder who must make a terrible choice to reclaim her power and her dignity. There is the man who defends his family from famine in ways at once human and beastly. There is the woman who crosses a mountain range for a chance at saving her children. And more. Sophie can wonder, draw solace, and make decisions about her own legacy, but she cannot know these stories. She cannot learn why one of her fossil subjects is holding the fossil of a flower.
About the Author
Caroline Ailanthus considers herself a science writer. From blogging about climate change and editing scientific papers, to her meticulously researched fiction, her projects blend science and story. She grew up in Delaware and attended mostly small, private schools there and in New England. She has a BA in Environmental Leadership and an MS in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England. While researching a certain novel about australopithecines, she served on trail maintenance crews, managed back-country tent sites, collected data on nesting birds, and eventually became a full-time free-lance writer.
To Give a Rose is her first published novel, but prior credits include numerous essays, some short fiction, and two long-running blogs, The Climate Emergency, and The School with No Name. The novel, To Give a Rose, is also the first major publication of her visual art, although she also contributed paintings and collage to the off-Broadway musical, Inappropriate, illustrated some of her own blog posts, and has donated watercolors to fundraisers by Conservación Panamá. She travels often, but usually lives in Maryland with her husband and assorted cats and dogs.