Morning Meanderings… Brown Bag Author – William Souder


Good morning!  Friday and I find myself anxious, excited, a little nervous…  I am working on a 5K in Brainerd for tomorrow morning.  I have run 5ks before but never hosted one.  I have 119 people signed up and I have been working on ordering t-shirts, lining up volunteers, making lists, raffle items, planning out the route, emails of starting times, breaking into groups of 12-15,finding help to haul things to the event, camera people,  learning about event insurance, chatting with the DNR, city of Brainerd and The Arboretum people, answering questions on the phone, by email, and on Facebook…

details details details….

But it is fun and I am learning a lot about this kind of thing so that is cool. 😀

Every Monday in June and July for 13 years the Brainerd Public Library has hosted what they call a Brown Bag event.  On each of these Mondays an author speaks from noon to one and people are welcome and encouraged to bring their lunch (thus the name… Brown Bag).

The first Monday in June our author was William Souder, author of On A Farther Shore, The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carlson.  45 people were in attendance.


What is so fascinating about this book about the life and works of Rachel Carlson is that Rachel herself was an author.  Having written and published three books on the ocean (she was a marine biologist), it was her fourth book ‘Silent Spring‘ that put her on the map, and on the world’s radar as a force to be reckoned with. 

It was in the late 1950’s when Rachel’s friend wrote a letter  about the effects that DDT (an aerial pesticide used to kill mosquitoes and keep pests off crops).  What was noted in the letter was that this pesticide was killing birds as well.  Rachel looking more deeply into the effects of these chemicals, something Rachel had been watching and concerned about since the 1940’s. 

When Silent Spring was published in 1962 is created quite an uproar.  The book forced the government to take action and the chemical companies were furious.  William Souder tells the story behind Rachel’s story.   Revealing that while she was a shy woman, she was also a passionate one who made a difference not only in her little corner of the world but beyond.



I really enjoyed listening to William talk about this incredible woman.  I always say I like strong female characters – and that does not only go for fiction.  I can not wait to have a chance to read this book!


7 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… Brown Bag Author – William Souder

  1. Good luck with the 5K! My son’s school recently had one (I walked it – LOL!) I can’t imagine the work that went into organizing it!
    I read “Silent Spring” some time ago (I’m all into social activism and this was right up my alley) – I think it may be time for a re-read!

  2. After I read his book about Rachel Carson, I put on my wishlist every book she had written. I can’t wait to get my hands on them. You are really going to enjoy his book when you get a chance to read it.

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