Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise — a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth's fullness of life.

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What's New?

» willa smKathleen’s new novel, Piano Tide, has just been named the 2017 WILLA Literary Award Winner in Contemporary Fiction.

» With her Alaskan friends, Kathleen participated in a climate change action to demonstrate how high the seas could be in 2100 – by standing on a pinnacle and letting the Alaskan tide rise over their heads. Check out the pix: 1 | 2 | 3

» Kathleen is honored to have been named an "Ocean Exemplar" by the World Ocean Observatory, joining previous "Examplars" Carl Safina, Sylvia Earle, James Blalog, and others. More info here.

» Wonderful new review of Piano Tide in the Alaska News Dispatch.

» You can hear Kathleen interviewed on OPB’s "State of Wonder" program, talking about Great Tide Rising here.

» Great Tide Rising has just been named a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in nonfiction!

» Just released: Video of the Corvallis book launch of Piano Tide, with Kathleen and banjo player Pete Kozak. Check it out here.

» Piano Tide is out and available at your favorite local bookseller. Bill McKibben calls it "a savagely funny and deeply insightful novel of the tidepool and rainforest country [Moore] knows so well."

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Featured Books

PIANO TIDE: A Novel
released December 13, 2016

Filled with music, rainwater, wildlife, and some of the oddest and most affable characters along this far shore, "Piano Tide" weaves together the fecundity of the tides with a fiercely witty and deeply spirited story about the striving of all creatures for an enduring way of life.

"In Piano Tide, Kathleen Dean Moore has given us an action adventure, a lesson in the natural history of Southeast Alaska, and a cast of unforgettable backwoods characters. As Pacific tides rise and fall, almost engulfing the hamlet called Good River Harbor, we witness humans as well as bears, salmon, and the forest itself, fighting to survive amid forces of man-made destruction and nature’s renewal. Piano Tide is a fine rad, sure to join the ranks of Ed Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang on the eco-thriller bookshelf."
- Annick Smith


GREAT TIDE RISING: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change
released February 8, 2016

Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life.

"In this probing and lyrical book, Moore reminds readers of the inter-relatedness of all living things through time, and she offers a clarion call to summon the moral courage to 'rage against the dying' of the Earth. An impassioned and well-reasoned cry for 'great rising tides of affirmation of justice and human decency and shared thriving.'"
– Kirkus


MORAL GROUND: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, Foreword by Desmond Tutu

Although climate destabilization is a scientific and technical issue, it is primarily a moral issue. MORAL GROUND gathers the testimony of one hundred of the world’s moral leaders, all calling us to honor our responsibilities to the future.

"Could there be a more pressing book topic than the fate of humanity?"
– Utne Reader


WILD COMFORT: The Solace of Nature

With stories about kayaking in a snowstorm, wading among salmon in the dark, and cooking breakfast in the desert, Moore offers readers a profound meditation on the healing power of nature.

"In its grounded wisdoms, humility, curiosity, and in the kaleidoscope beauty of its descriptions, Wild Comfort reminds how to see, how to sing; how to welcome, with equal gravity and grace, whatever asks entrance into our lives. It is destined to become a classic."
- Jane Hirshfield