Evanston Author Nancy Burke reads from her new Novel “Undergrowth” which is set in the Amazon rainforest. The reading will be followed by a full concert set by Steve Dawson and Diane Christiansen of Dolly Varden.
Undergrowth (Gibson House Press, October 2017), her debut novel, delves deep into a clash of indigenous and outside cultures, family ties, and greed in the lush Amazon rainforest, where a remote tribe, mercenaries, government agents and well-meaning advocates struggle for control of natural resources amid complex character relationships. The award-winning anthropologist and human rights advocate Terry Turner called it “a titanic feat of imagination . . . dramatically powerful.”
Husband and wife duo, Steve Dawson and Diane Christensen, have been making music for almost two decades with their band Dolly Varden. In 2003, they released an album together called Duets. In addition to performing and recording, Steve teaches songwriting and guitar at the world famous Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Diane is also an accomplished visual artist—whose art includes painting, drawing, animation, and large-scale collaborative installations.