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CWP Professor Angela Pelster-Wiebe earns best of the 2000s distinction

762 Pelster Weibe

Limber, the debut essay collection by creative writing professor Angela Pelster-Wiebe, has received several accolades since it was published in 2014. It won the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for Best New Book in Nonfiction and was also a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Earlier this fall, InsideHook named Limber one of the 20 Best Nature Books of the 2000s.

"When confronting nature, some writers focus on wildlife or entire ecosystems," writer Tobias Carroll says of Limber. "For Angela Pelster, the focal point of her book Limber ended up being trees. And while this book is relatively slim, it does the weightiness of its subject justice. 'I'm also a big fan of following rabbit trails only to discover that they are actually intentional paths with distinct destinations, and I hope that is what reading my book feels like,' Pelster said in a 2015 interview - and that unpredictability makes for a memorable read."

More praise for Limber:

"What a strange and unexpected treasure chest is this, filled with all manner of quirky revelations, all about the mundane sublime and the ineffable extraordinary. Most extraordinary of all, perhaps though, is the haunting perfection, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, of the writing itself. Who is this Angela Pelster and where has she been all our lives? Please, may she come in and make herself at home!"
- Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, and Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative

"[Limber] is one of the quirkiest and most original books about the natural world that I have read in quite some time. . . Filled with precise, poetical and sparse language, the essays reveal not just the life of trees but how they connect us to the greater world around us."
- The Seattle Times

"As the author reveals in these charming essays, nature is imbued with enticing mysteries, and trees can be agents of salvation."
- Kirkus Reviews

Purchase Limber HERE

Multi-time contributor to Water~Stone Review, Hamline's literary annual, and a former visiting writer Aimee Nezhukumatathil also made InsideHook's list for her book World of Wonders.