RUE MAPP at Books Inc. Palo Alto

cover image of Nature Swagger author photo Rue Mapp

Books Inc. Palo Alto proudly welcomes you to an author event with Rue Mapp, for an introduction to her book Nature Swagger, perfect for hikers, campers, birders, and backpackers alike!


An exquisite combination of beautiful photography and compelling stories, this book from Outdoor Afro founder, Rue Mapp, celebrates Black joy in nature.

Nature Swagger presents thirty life-changing stories of self-discovery, courage, and healing in the natural world. Told through first-person narratives, essays, and poems, this uplifting collection celebrates the many ways that outdoor spaces offer Black people opportunities for personal empowerment, connection, and rejuvenation. Readers will immerse themselves in stories told from mountains, redwood forests, city parks, and far-off beaches: joining a woman on her courageous journey up Kilimanjaro, meeting a couple teaching the art of beekeeping in urban Detroit, and following a long-distance swim alongside a pod of dolphins-plus so much more. Interspersed are essays by author and celebrated outdoor leader, Rue Mapp, honoring the rich history and traditions surrounding Black people's relationship to the outdoors. Full of breathtaking photography and powerful storytelling, this boundary-breaking collection offers moments of profound beauty and insight, inviting every reader to forge their own meaningful and joyful relationship with the natural world"--


Rue Mapp is the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, overseeing a carefully selected and trained staff and national volunteer team. Since Outdoor Afro's inception in 2009 as a blog, Rue has captured the attention and support of millions through a multimedia approach that is grounded in personal connections and community organizing.

Outdoor Afro is a national not-for-profit organization that has become the nation's leading, cutting-edge network in celebrating and inspiring Black connections and leadership in nature. They have offices in Oakland, CA, and Washington, D.C. and leadership networks around the country. With over 100 trained volunteer leaders in 30 states from around the country, OA connects thousands of people to outdoor experiences, and is actively changing the face of conservation. From its grassroots beginning, Outdoor Afro now enjoys national sponsorship and is recognized by major organizations for its role in addressing the ongoing need for greater diversity in the outdoors.

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
74 Town & Country Village
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Nature Swagger: Stories and Visions of Black Joy in the Outdoors By Rue Mapp Cover Image
ISBN: 9781797214290
Availability: In Stock Now - Click Title to See Store Inventory. Please allow up to 48-hours for Curbside Pickup orders to be processed.
Published: Chronicle Books - November 1st, 2022

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