Birds by the Shore Kit #2

"It has always been a happy thought to me that the creek runs on all night, new every minute, whether I wish it or know it or care, as a closed book on a shelf continues to whisper to itself its own inexhaustible tale.”
– Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek




In This Kit You’ll Find:

  • 3 copies of Beautiful Swimmers by William W. Warner
  • 3 copies of The Same River by Lisa Reddick
  • 3 copies of The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry
  • 3 copies of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
  • 1 copy of discussion questions for Pilgrim at Tinker Creek (you may keep)
  • Book sign-up sheet to keep track of books (you may keep)

Themes for Discussion:

  • Beautiful Swimmers: The Chesapeake Bay, community life, coastal towns, blue crabs, crabbing, fishers
  • The Same River: Female biologists, environmentalism, rivers, Native American women, stream ecology, dams, environmental protection
  • The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry: land & nature, family, community, tradition
  • Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: Nature, women in nature, seasons


image credit: Photographer Constance Stuart Larrabee ca. 1950, collections of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, via


About the Book:

Beautiful Swimmers: Combines a natural history of the Atlantic blue crab with an historical and ecological study of Chesapeake Bay and a chronicle of the commercial crabber's year. (Novelist)

The Same River: A tale of two women living on the Nesika River in central Oregon - a biologist fighting to save the river she loves and a Native American woman battling invasive danger on the same river 200 years earlier. (Novelist)

The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry: One hundred poems written between 1957 and 1996, chosen by the author from nine previously published collections.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek: A series of connected essays that chronicle a year at Tinker Creek in Virginia's Blue Ridge valley. It challenges readers to study their surroundings beyond their familiar surfaces. (Novelist)



Request Kit Here


Further Your Discussion:


  • Watch: The PBS film documentary inspired by William Warner's Beautiful Swimmers, Beautiful Swimmers Revisited made by author Tom Horton, photographer Dave Harp, and filmmaker Sandy Cannon-Brown:

  • Listen & Watch: Bill Moyers interviews writer & poet, Wendell Berry, about his hopes for humanity during a celebration of his life & ideas marking the 35th anniversary of the publication of his seminal book, The Unsettling of America.




  • Follow & Read: The Atlantic article, The Thoreau of the Suburbs about what it meant for Annie Dillard to write Pilgrim at Tinker Creek:

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