May 21, 2017 - 2:00pm
Prairie Lights

Sioux City writer and artist Bruce Hopkins and his wife Jeannette will present The Art of Decay, published by Ice Cube Press.  

In this collection of essays, poems, and drawings from his own personal journals, Bruce Hopkins reflects on the truth and beauty in nature, concentrating on how important it is to listen to the voices of nature, and to live our lives accordingly, from the moment of our arrival to the moment of our departure. After being diagnosed with Alzheimers disease in 2014, Hopkins chose to devote his mind and attention more fully to observation and creative expression in his journals. The relentless process of decay he explores is not only in the natural world, but his own decay as his mind is changed by Alzheimers. As in nature, decay makes way for new things, including hope, renewal, and familiarity.

Dr. Bruce Hopkins is an educator, environmental writer, and historian. His previous books are When Foxes Wore Red Vests and Truth in the Rivers