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Bridge Culture Club reads Great Lakes memoir ‘Impermanence’ in August

The event poster for the August Culture Club
  • On Aug. 13, Bridge Michigan hosts our latest Culture Club event, discussing the book ‘Impermanence’
  • Author Sue Leaf will join us for the event
  • Participation in the event is free but requires registration

Bridge Culture Club resumes on Aug. 13 to discuss “Impermanence: Life and Loss on Superior's South Shore,” a 2024 book by Sue Leaf, who will join us to discuss her book.

The south shore of Lake Superior includes parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and Leaf’s book explores its history, from the Anishinaabe and fur traders to commercial fishing, lumber camps, copper mining, as well as the modern environmentalist movement.


Its publisher, the University of Minnesota Press, describes the book as an “invitation to see this liminal world in all its seasons and guises, to appreciate its ageless, ever-changing wonders and intimate charms.”


Leaf is a trained zoologist who has written books about natural history.

Please bring your lunch and join Bridge Culture Club to discuss the book on Zoom from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

You’ll have an opportunity to submit questions for Leaf during the event, which will be moderated by Bridge Michigan membership and engagement director Amber DeLind.

To receive an invitation and Zoom link to this discussion, please complete this event registration form.

Here’s our schedule

  • Book announced: July 11
  • First discussion questions on parts I and II posted on Bridge Culture Club closed Facebook group: July 26
  • Second discussion questions on parts III and IV posted on Bridge Culture Club closed Facebook group: Aug. 2
  • Third discussion questions on part V and the epilogue posted on Bridge Culture Club closed Facebook group: Aug. 9
  • Live Zoom discussion: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 13

How to get the book

For Bridge Club members: We will provide an e-version of the selected book as a membership benefit when you complete the book request form emailed to you on Jul.10. If you’re not already a member: Join today for as little as $1 and support our nonprofit newsroom

If you are not a Bridge Club member but would like to borrow the book or buy the book: You can order “Impermanence” from the book’s publisher, visit your library or download it from a Michigan library system to an e-reader or smartphone via Libby. The book may also be available at local bookstores.


How to take part in the online discussion

Please join our closed Facebook group by clicking here to participate in weekly discussions of the book in the lead-up to our Zoom event. Bridge Michigan staff will approve your membership in this closed group. 

Over the next several weeks, we will post discussion questions about the book, and group members will be invited to interact with our team and with one another. See the box above for a schedule.

Participation in these weekly discussions is not required to participate in the Zoom discussion.

We look forward to discussing the book with you August 13.

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