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Randall's Island Park Alliance Literary Club

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RIPA Literary Club: "World of Wonders" Conversation Series

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Join the Randall’s Island Literary Club as we read Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s "World of Wonders." In addition to a group conversation, the event will also feature speaking guests who will explore how Nezhukumatathil’s reflections relate to Randall’s Island Park. The discussions will be facilitated by Elizabeth Howard, Writer in Residence.

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Thursday, 25 March 6:30 - 7:30pm

RIPA Natural Areas and Horticulture Staff will join the conversation.

Thursday, 8 April 6:30 - 7:30pm Drawing the Wonders of a Wetland

Whether you keep a drawing notebook or just want to learn some new sketching skills, come join artist and horticulturist Rebecca Allan for an evening of exploring Randall's Island through drawing. Inspired by the book

Wold of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies Whales Sharks, and Other Astonishments by Aimee Nezhukumatathil , participants will draw from natural specimens that are found in the wetland areas of the island. No prior experience is required.

Rebecca Allan is a painter and horticulturist who runs a sustainable gardening firm called Painterly Gardens.

*Have your nature journal or sketching paper and pencils ready to go.

Thursday, 22 April 6:30 - 7:30pm Author

Poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil in her enchanting book, World of Wonders, In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, (Milkweed Press, 2020) takes the reader by the hand to discover the wonder found in the natural world, as we travel with her across the various landscapes of her own life. She writes of love, beauty and relationships. World of Wonders includes warm and lyrical illustrations by artist Fumi Mini Nakamura. Many of the essays in World of Wonders have been published in journals and on literary websites.

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Currently, meetings will be on zoom. You will receive the Zoom link 24-48 hours before the Club Meeting.

Don't worry if you haven't had the chance to read the book. Please check our website for resources and book shops where you can borrow or purchase the book.

Any questions please feel free to reach out to

We look forward to reading with you!

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