in partnership with The Carlsbad City Library
About the Event
Adventures by the Book™ is pleased to partner with the Carlsbad City Library for a Free Library Adventure with author and award-winning watershed activist, Tershia d'Elgin.
In Tershia's book, The Man Who Thought He Owned Water: On the Brink with American Farms, Cities, and Food, she ponders the gravest question of our time: how to support urbanization without killing ourselves in the process. Join us for this fascinating discussion on Tershia's city-bred family's rare experience after they decamp to a farm on the South Platte River in Colorado, and how this event shaped the amazing water-shed activism Tershia has continued to pursue here in San Diego.
This Adventure includes a book discussion, Q&A with the author, and book signing.
About the Author and Book
Tershia d’Elgin is a journalist by profession and a water activist by passion. Her canyon leadership has received numerous awards, including two astounding U.S. Congressional recognitions; her watershed work has also has been featured in two documentaries and aired in concert with Ken Blum's PBS series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Tershia’s literary and hydrology passions have culminated in her book, The Man Who Thought He Owned Water: On the Brink with American Farms, Cities, and Food.
The Man Who Thought He Owned Water is a fresh take on the gravest challenge of our time—how to support urbanization without killing ourselves in the process. The gritty story of Tershia d'Elgin's family’s experience with water rights on its Colorado farm provides essential background about American farms, food, and water administration in the West in the context of growing cities and climate change. Enchanting and informative, The Man Who Thought He Owned Water is an appeal for urban-rural cooperation over water and resiliency.
When her father bought his farm—Big Bend Station—he also bought the ample water rights associated with the land and the South Platte River, confident that he had secured the necessary resources for a successful endeavor. Yet water immediately proved fickle, hard to defend, and sometimes dangerous. Eventually those rights were curtailed without compensation. Through her family’s story, d’Elgin dramatically frames the personal-scale implications of water competition, revealing how water deals, infrastructure, transport, and management create economic growth but also sever human connections to Earth’s most vital resource. She shows how water flows to cities at the expense of American-grown food, as rural land turns to desert, wildlife starves, the environment degrades, and climate change intensifies.
Depicting deep love, obsession, and breathtaking landscape, this story is an impassioned call to re-balance our relationship with water. It will be of great interest to anyone seeking to understand the complex forces affecting water resources, food supply, food security, and biodiversity in America.
Event is free and open to the public and registration is not necessary. However, seating is limited and expected to fill quickly, so stay tuned to learn how you can obtain your free tickets for admission. Information available soon at Carlsbad City Library.
Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing, or pre-order a signed copy below of The Man Who Thought He Owned Water to be delivered at the event.