ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., presents Gretchen Legler Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to all.

Gretchen Legler and her partner, Ruth, wanted to build an agrarian life far from the rapid-fire pace of the modern world. Living on 80 acres in backwoods Maine, they have honed life skills brought with them (carpentry, tracking and hunting wild game) and other skills they learn along the way (animal husbandry, vegetable gardening, woodcutting). Legler has chronicled her experiences, intentionally focusing on not just making a living but making a life, in her new book “Woodsqueer: Crafting a Sustainable Rural Life.” Legler will share stories from her agricultural adventures and invite audience discussion.

Legler is a farmer, gardener, teacher, writer and lover of the natural world. Her three book-length works of literary nonfiction include “All the Powerful Things: A Sportswoman’s Notebook,” “On the Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station Antarctica” and “Woodsqueer: Crafting a Sustainable Rural Life.” Her writing has won numerous awards including Pushcart prizes, a Notable Essay in Best American Essays, and has been published in venues including Orion and The Georgia Review. She teaches creative writing and English at the University of Maine Farmington, where she is also the director of the campus and community garden.

This event will take place in the Community Room and will be livestreamed via Zoom. For more information or for Zoom links, email by 4 p.m. Jan. 12.