Iris Graville reading on January 12

Join us for an evening with Iris Graville on January 12, 2018. Iris will be discussing and reading from her new book Hiking Naked. Following the reading will be a Q&A, as well as a book signing. Light refreshments will be served.


About Hiking Naked:

Hiking Naked  is a blend of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden that chronicles Iris’s spiritual search for meaningful work. Burnout was only a textbook term when Iris became a registered nurse. Twenty years into her nursing career, though, her zeal wavered under the weight of the county health department’s unrelenting stream of high-risk pregnant women and communicable disease outbreaks.

When down-sizing eliminated her supervisory position, Iris was knocked off her feet.  She quit the job she’d been transferred to and convinced her husband and their thirteen-year-old twin son and daughter to move to a remote village in Washington’s North Cascades.  The community’s name, Stehekin, is a Salish word that means “the way through.”  Iris’s family sought adventure; she yearned for solitude to wrestle with doubts about the work she’d felt called to.  Along the way, she faced unexpected challenges:  a forest fire that threatened the valley, a flood that left her and her family stranded for three days, a friend’s suicide. Ultimately, Iris found there her own “way through.”

Iris’s essay, “Seeking Clearness with Work Transitions,” recounts the beginnings of her search for balance. You can read the essay or listen to Iris read it in the February 2015 issue of Friends Journal.

“Reading this calm, contemplative, and altogether lovely book is a bit like taking a long walk in the North Cascades on a late Spring day when the subalpine forest is starting to wake up, and you can sense sap rising in the trees. It is on such a hike that you can look into yourself and maybe hear a still, small voice. Listen to it.” -- Mark Rozema, Road Trip (2016 Washington State Book Award for memoir)


About the author:

Iris Graville, formerly a nurse consultant with the Washington Department of Health, lives and writes on Lopez Island, Washington. Her profiles and personal essays have been published in national and regional journals and magazines. She is the author of Hands at Work: Portraits and Profiles of People Who Work with Their Hands, recipient of numerous accolades including a Nautilus Gold Book Award, and BOUNTY—Lopez Island Farmers, Food, and Community. Hiking Naked is her first memoir. Iris also serves as publisher of SHARK REEF Literary Magazine. For more information, please visit or


Event date: 
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
509 E 4th Ave
Olympia, WA 98501