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Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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November 2012

Jim Wright

Jim Wright


   Jim Wright


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

At last count this morning it looked like 22 of our libraries were open in some manner, many with early closings and very limited power.  Some of us at 810 are still without power (yet maintaining our inveterate good humor) but please know that all of us in the BCCLS office are sending good thoughts your way and hoping that all of our libraries will be up and running at full power very soon.

But life at BCCLS goes on and it is my pleasure to present our Invite an Author for November 2012.

Jim Wright, a communications officer for the NJMC, produces the popular Meadowlands Nature Blog.

Wright helps lead twice-monthly nature walks in the Meadowlands and makes frequent appearances to talk about nature in the region.

Jim is the birding columnist for The Bergen Record and nature columnist for The South Bergenite, and author of three well-received coffee-table books, Jungle of the Maya, Hawk Mountain, and In the Presence of Nature.

In his spare time, Jim serves as deputy marsh warden of the Celery Farm Natural Area and has maintained a nature blog about the Celery Farm since March 2007. Jim is on the board of trustees for the New Jersey chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

He lives in Allendale with his wife, Patty.

His newest book, The Nature of the Meadowlands (ISBN-13: 978-0764341861) is a stunning volume that belongs in many BCCLS libraries and I hope many of you will consider purchasing for your libraries.

For decades, New Jersey's Meadowlands have been known mostly as the home of the NFL's Giants and Jets, the place where Jimmy Hoffa is buried, or a wasteland that you passed through on their way somewhere else. Until recently, that reputation was deserved. The land was blighted with unregulated landfills, and the Hackensack River was so polluted that barnacles couldn't survive.

These days, MetLife Stadium is hosting the 2014 Super Bowl, and the region itself has made a remarkable environmental comeback - to the point where it is a prime destination for birders, kayakers and other nature lovers.

In words and images, The Nature of the Meadowlands illuminates the region's natural and unnatural history, from its darkest days of a half-century ago to its amazing environmental revival.

Principal photography for the book was done by the author, Jim Wright, and North Jersey nature photographers Ron Shields and Marco van Brabant.

Mr. Wright is eager to visit our libraries at no charge presenting his slide show promoting the Meadowlands.  He will bring copies of his book to sign and sell.  I think this is the perfect program for lots of our libraries and I hope you’ll agree.  You can email Mr. Wright directly at

Be safe, be warm, and let us know if you find a place to get gas!

Warmest regards,