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Longwood Community Read Book Group

June 6, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us in reading The Home Place by Drew Lanham


Book Discussion, led by Sheryl Wright: Sunday, June 6th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Registration is limited to 22 participants and includes a free copy of the book!  We’ll be in contact about times you can pick up your book at the Cope House, in advance of the book discussion.

*Registration for this event is now closed.*

Cost: Free

Location: the Cope House tent pavilion (1 Awbury Rd, Philadelphia, PA)

This program is part of the eighth annual Longwood Gardens’ Community Read– a program designed to encourage reading for pleasure and start a conversation. 

About the book: Birds are a lifelong passion for Drew Lanham, and in his book, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, he examines his personal history and struggles. Readers follow his journey as a successful wildlife ecologist who along the way uncovers lessons about legacy and his own need to inject a deeper sense of human caring into his life and work.

Growing up on a tree-lined street in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia, Sheryl Wright discovered her affinity for trees at a young age. For as far back as she can recall, Sheryl has been very grateful for the presence of trees, on her street growing up, and elsewhere. As a child, Sheryl wished to see the redwood trees in northern California—a wish that she later fulfilled as an adult.

 After graduating from college, Sheryl lived in New York City for 23-years. She is grateful to have had the good fortune to reside on tree-lined streets in Brooklyn for much of that time.

 Having returned to Philadelphia to live, Sheryl’s reverence for trees led her to become involved at Awbury, where she currently serves as a board member. She is facilitating the Community Read book discussion of The Home Place because “it is important to honor the experiences and amplify the stories of Black people in the natural world.”


June 6, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Awbury Arboretum
One Awbury Road
Philadelphia, PA United States