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IMPERMANENCE event at Subtext Books with Sue Leaf and Jeff Olson

June 16 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm CST

Sue Leaf will join Subtext Books at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, for a reading and discussion of her new book Impermanence: Life and Loss on Superior’s South Shore, alongside author Jeff Olson.

This event is free and open to the public.


A love letter to Lake Superior’s South Shore, Impermanence is a journey through its natural and human histories, an invitation to see this liminal world in all its seasons and guises. Sue Leaf shares her lifelong connection with the area, and her experience occupying a rustic cabin on a rapidly eroding lakeside cliff imbues these essays with a passionate sense of place and an abiding curiosity about its past and precarious future.

“An informative read and a reminder to care for nature’s great gifts to our region.” —Duluth News Tribune

“Leaf’s lifelong connection with the area imbues these essays with a passionate sense of place and an abiding curiosity about its past and precarious future.” —Northern Wilds

“Sue Leaf’s Impermanence is a fascinating combination of personal memoir, natural history, and cultural history. She writes beautifully about Lake Superior’s South Shore and its forests, wetlands, and peoples. Her reflections on her family cabin on Lake Superior, and her grief about its potential loss from bluff erosion due to climate change, are particularly evocative. Anyone who loves Lake Superior will find this book rewarding.” —Nancy Langston, author of Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World and Climate Ghosts: Migratory Species in the Anthropocene

“Sue Leaf has given us a gift: a vivid and meticulously researched portrait of one of the most remarkable freshwater coasts in the world. I thought I knew the place well, but I learned something new and fascinating on nearly every page.” —Jerry Dennis, author of The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas and The Windward Shore: A Winter on the Great Lakes

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