Paola Berthoin: Passion for Place

Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed
Risingleaf Impressions, 2012
Hardcover/Paperback, 200 pages, $85/$49.50

Passion for Place: Community Reflections on the Carmel River Watershed is a bioregional anthology with a global vision, edited and published by Paola Berthoin (Printmaking 1983). It features 37 authors and eight additional individuals featured on a CD of excerpts from interviews mixed with natural sounds from the watershed.

It includes Berthoin's plein air paintings and photographs and works by two local artists, Pamela Takigawa and Anne Greene.

Malcolm Margolin, publisher of Heyday Books, says: "This intimate book is a model of watershed literature, wind-scrubbed and open, traced with bobcat prints and chickadee song, full of words that join people to their place. While specific to the Carmel River, it reminds all of us that wherever we live the land around us is, and has always been personal."

In May 2013, the book received the prestigious IPPY Bronze Medal Award for the Best Regional Non-fiction book for the West Pacific Region, from Alaska to Hawaii and the West Coast states.