INK & INSIGHTS

A Monthly Book Club and Literary Community for Lovers of Narrative Nonfiction

Founded by New York Times best-selling author Kathryn Aalto, Ink & Insights celebrates her lifelong passion for literature, cultivating community, and making the arts accessible.

Ink & Insights offers its international members a salon experience and exclusive access to a range of live, virtual conversations with acclaimed writers, literary scholars, publishing experts, spoken word performers, and thinkers in the science and psychology of creativity.

The Ink & Insights Experience

AUTHOR DISCUSSIONS

Inspiring live discussions with acclaimed literary authors, publishing experts, book critics, and more recorded for viewing at any time.

 COMMUNITY

Where kindred literary spirits to gather and grow with people from around the world through live discussions and talks.   

GIVEAWAYS & DISCOUNTS

Book club members have the opportunity to win giveaways for beautiful books plus receive discounts to the literary shops we partner with.

EVENT RECORDINGS

Exclusive access to our library of recorded conversations with diverse guests such as Amy Stewart (New York Times bestselling author of The Drunken Botanist), Eric Weiner (New York Times bestseller of The Geography of Bliss), and more. 

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MONTHLY READING SELECTIONS

January

7-9 PM GMT/2-4 PM ET Sat Jan 27

Join the inaugural book club meeting and celebrate A. A. Milne’s birthday with Kathryn’s bestselling book on the literary, biographical, and natural history of the most beloved books in children’s literature. Live with the author.  

February

7-8 PM GMT/2-3 PM ET Thu Feb 8
Eric Weiner is a former NPR correspondent and author of several New York Times bestsellers. Live with the author. 

7-8 PM GMT Thu Feb 22 
An Introduction to Ecopoetry and Navigating the Lyric Moment

Tarn Painter-MacArthur, ecopoet and scholar at St. Andrew’s University visits to give a talk on dilating from the personal to the universal in writing.

 

March

7-8 PM GMT Sun Mar 17

 Listen to a lecture by Kathryn and enjoy a discussion together of Frédéric Gros’s brilliant and entertaining manifesto for putting one foot in front of the other.

A bestseller in France, Frédéric Gros book “charts the many different ways we get from A to B―the pilgrimage, the promenade, the protest march, the nature ramble―and reveals what they say about us.”

April

   7-8 PM BST/2-4 PM ET Sun Apr 28

Annabel Abbs-Streets is a multi-award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction, published internationally in 30 languages. Live with the author.

“A paean to the life-enhancing power of the dark.” — Sharon Blackie

“Vibrant and insightful … an utter revelation.” — Kathryn Aalto

MAY

A book club event with acclaimed CalTech astronomer Mike Brown’s discoveries have been featured on front pages of newspapers. His an award-winning, best-selling memoir of the discoveries leading to the demotion of Pluto are a rambunctious read. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Astronomy magazine, and elsewhere. 
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JUNE

A seminal work that expands how we talk about the natural world and the environment as ecopoet, essayist, professor and National Book Critics Circle Criticism finalist Camille T. Dungy diversifies her garden to reflect her heritage.

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 JULY

4-5 PM BST Fri July 19

Amy Stewart is a New York Times best-selling author of the The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, and several other popular nonfiction titles about the natural world. Her books have sold over a million copies worldwide and have been translated into 18 languages. Live with the author.

AUGUST

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SEPTEMBER

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October

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November

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December

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Upcoming Events

April 13
High Tea at The Orchid Lounge in London

Limited space for 10 people. Time 12:45-4:15 PM. £55 per person. Members reserve your space by writing to gardens@kathrynaalto.com.

Best Hotel Afternoon Tea London | Pan Pacific Orchid Lounge

March 21st-23rd
Mobile Botanic Garden, Alabama

Kathryn will be speaking and teaching over several days. More at their website. 

March 26th
Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, Utah

Kathryn will be speaking and teaching. More at their website. 

MEET KATHRYN AALTO

Kathryn Aalto is a teacher, speaker, historian, designer, and writer. Based in Exeter, England, for the past twenty-five years, her creative practice has fused nature and culture: teaching narrative nonfiction both live and online; designing classic and contemporary gardens; writing books and essays about the natural world; speaking at hundreds of botanic gardens, museums, libraries, and universities; and leading writing retreats in the United States and Britain.

Have a question? Contact: kathryn@kathrynaalto.com

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