The title of Baltimore resident Jill Jonnes‘ new book, Urban Forests, may seem like an oxymoron. But as Jonnes points out in the thoughtful nonfiction work, trees and cities have a long history of connection—”living landmarks,” as the book’s description states, “that define space, cool the air, soothe our psyches, and connect us to nature and our past.” The book explores the history of tree lovers and advocates throughout the years who have pushed for the presence of trees in the city, and the surprising proliferation of animal species living in America’s trees.
Jonnes focuses, too, on the possibility that trees just might save our planet, with the titular Urban Forest as “an obvious, low-tech solution” to rapid climate change.
Hear Jonnes read from and discuss her book (for free!) Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Ivy Bookshop.