Guest Speaker Presents Sierra Nevada Readings in John Muir’s Historic Home

June 16, 2014 10:00 am · 4 comments

Join author Gary Noy and other guest readers on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 6pm at the John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.

Noy will present “Illuminated Landscape: The Literature of the Sierra Nevada” inside John Muir’s historic Victorian home as part of a National Park Service speaker series celebrating John Muir’s modern legacy.

Noy’s illustrated lecture features dramatic readings of Sierra Nevada literature ranging from Native American origin myths to contemporary writings. Selections include writers such as John Muir, Jack Kerouac, David Brower, and many more. Several readers, including John Muir’s great-great grandson Robert Hanna, will present to the audience.

The readings are based upon a book that Noy edited called The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology (Heyday, Santa Clara University, Sierra College Press, 2010). This anthology provides fiction and nonfiction selections from more than 75 authors, including influential Sierra Nevada poets, explorers, scientists and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Using the power of the written word to inspire, energize, and challenge, this anthology shines a light on what is at risk for the Sierra Nevada today and reinforces the importance of sustaining its beauty and ecological diversity. Program seating is limited, and reservations are required. For more information and to make a reservation, please call the John Muir NHS at (925) 228-8860.

Gary Noy, a Sierra Nevada native, taught history at Sierra College starting in 1987. While semi-retired, he continues to volunteer for several college projects. A graduate of UC Berkeley and CSU Sacramento, he is the founder and director of the Sierra College Center for Sierra Nevada Studies and Editor-in-Chief of the Sierra College Press. In 2006, the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA), a national historical society, selected Gary as “Educator of the Year”.

Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and gravesite of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. Mt. Wanda preserves 326 acres of grasslands and oak woodlands that were part of the original Muir/Strentzel ranch in the Alhambra Valley more than a century ago.

John Muir NHS, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553, is open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Admission to the site is free of charge. For more information, please visit the park website at, like us on Facebook, or call (925) 228-8860.

RussSayin June 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Sierra Nevada? Hopefully its the Ruthless Rye or torpedo

R & R June 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Gary is an excellent speaker. I recently heard him speak about the Cornish gold miners in Grass Valley. I’m sure anyone attending will enjoy his presentation.

Silva June 16, 2014 at 5:47 PM

This sounds very good.

Atticus Thraxx June 16, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Sounds like a great cure for insomnia.

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