Former Northwest Iowa resident Bruce Hopkins will be at The Book Vine on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. to renew old acquaintances and sign copies of his latest book, "When Foxes Wore Red Vests."
Dr. Bruce Hopkins will be at The Book Vine in Cherokee on Saturday. Photo submitted.
In the book, Hopkins writes about life in the Catskills mountains in a series of short stories, poems, and illustrations, including some amazing pencil drawings. The title of his new book relates to a "conversation" he had with a red fox when he was going through delirium as a young child suffering with deathly pneumonia in the 1940s. Memories of that conversation serve as the focal point of the book. Looking back, he feels that that dream "was the beginning of my perspective of being healthy."
Growing up in the Catskills helped Dr. Hopkins form his character and his passion for protecting the environment - and encouraging the next generation to value it as well.
Today, Hopkins is an environmental educator, writer, and historian. His career has included teaching in Nebraska, New York, and Iowa, and he served as chief administrator for the former Western Hills Area Education Agency in Sioux City until his retirement in 2007. He holds a bachelors degree from Wayne State College, a Masters Degree from Montana State University. a doctorate from Iowa State University, and his life now centers on helping people of all ages connect with nature, a greater sense of community, and the literature of "place."
Hopkins and his wife Jeanette, a former teacher in the Cherokee School District, write about their roots in the Catskills and Adirondacks of New York and the Sandhills of Nebraska, and their work in schools and environmental conferences throughout the United States.
When the couple lived in Sioux City, they were very involved in the preservation of the Loess Hills and prairies.