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Travis smiles and is in a red and black jacket, wearing a brown hat and wire glasses, overlooking a sandstone river canyon.

Meet and Greet with Travis Novitsky

Come meet local photographer and author, Travis Novitsky! He will be available to sign books and talk about his debut release Spirits Dancing: The Night Sky, Indigenous Knowledge, and Living Connection in the Cosmos for the entire two hour period.

Event is Free and Open to the public. Wheelchair and Walking Aid accessible.

For millennia, humans have marveled at the night sky: the wonder of the aurora, the glory of the Milky Way, and the peace that comes with stargazing. In this remarkable book, Travis Novitsky’s photographs portray these marvels, while astrophysicist Annette S. Lee discusses how Western science and Indigenous knowledge can work together to provide a deeper understanding of our place in the universe. 

Travis Novitsky has been photographing the night sky for decades, and his vibrant images reflect and transmit the awe-inspiring scenes he has witnessed. Astrophysicist and artist Annette S. Lee has been teaching about the stars and creating art that features them for more than thirty years. She provides a brief but thorough overview of how Western science explains the aurora, from the seventeenth-century astronomers who first studied sunspots to the twenty-first-century acoustic scientist who recorded their sounds. Lee also presents examples of the ways Indigenous Skywatchers have seen the sky and our place in it. Both authors write of the wonders of starbathing: sitting quietly under the stars, knowing that humans have always done this, knowing that we literally come from the stars. Working together in this remarkable book, they bring the aurora to readers.

Travis Novitsky is a nature and wildlife photographer living in Grand Portage, Minnesota. Annette S. Lee, PhD, MFA, is an astrophysicist, an artist, and the director of the Native Skywatchers research and programming initiative.

Date: 11/25/2023
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Drury Lane Books
12 E. Wisconsin St.
Grand Marais, MN 55604