Maria Mudd Ruth reading on November 4

Join us for an evening with Olympia author Maria Mudd Ruth. Maria will be reading from and discussing her new book on Mountaineers Books, A Sideways Look at Clouds.


About A Sideways Look at Clouds:


Author Maria Mudd Ruth fell in love with clouds the same way she stumbles into most passions: madly and unexpectedly. A Sideways Look at Clouds is the story of her quite accidental infatuation with and education about the clouds above. When she moved to the soggy Northwest, Ruth assumed that locals would know everything there was to know about clouds, in the same way they know about salmon, tides, and the Seahawks. Yet in her first two years of living in Washington she never heard anyone talk about clouds. Puzzled by this lack of cloud savvy, she decided to survey folks she knew—men and women, new friends, family on the East Coast, outdoorsy and indoorsy types, professional scientists, and liberal arts majors like herself. The results showed that, while people knew a little bit about clouds, most were like her: they had a hard time identifying clouds or remembering their names; as adults, life had largely sidetracked their sky-gazing time. A captivating storyteller, Ruth blends science, wonder, and humor to take the scenic route through the clouds and encourages readers to chart their own rambling, idiosyncratic course.

“This is a brilliant and funny book. Maria Mudd Ruth’s irresistible journey to understand, appreciate, and explain clouds somehow makes the daily sky more fascinating and beguiling. I’m so impressed by everything about it. The science of it all is even more interesting and elusive than the clouds themselves. A book to read again and again.” -- Jim Lynch, the award-winning author of Before the Wind.


About the author:


Maria Mudd Ruth has been researching, watching, photographing, and blogging about clouds for many years. She is the author of more than a dozen books on natural history topics, including Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet and now lives in Olympia, Washington, with her husband and sons. Visit her website at



Event date: 
Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
509 E 4th Ave
Olympia, WA 98501