Upcoming Book Events

Just a little heads up for some regional appearances in the near future:

Thursday, April 4th, I will be on the Fox SportsNet show “Outdoor GPS” for an interview about Closer to the Ground. If you haven’t seen this program, it’s a great regional outdoor program shot live in Portland. But I think it’s available on most cable providers throughout the Northwest.

Saturday, April 6th, I will be at the Poulsbo Library at 2:00pm, and on Monday, April 8th at the Silverdale Library, 6:00pm, to talk about and read from Closer to the Ground. Since the book takes place here, I really want to reach out to our fellow Kitsap County locals. If you have time, please come by and join in the discussion.

That’s it for now, but we’ll be at most of the Kitsap Regional Libraries at some point in April. I have the full schedule posted on the website at http://www.dylantomine.com, and will try to post reminders here as we go.

Thanks, and I look forward to meeting you in person at the upcoming events. Hope you are all well.

Spring Work


Still been below freezing most nights this week, but we’re kicking into high gear for spring anyway. Last week we hauled the boat up to Port Townsend for its annual motor service (dreaming of spring chinook, spot prawns, summer kings…) and made a day of it. Then back to mowing and pruning. Soon we’ll have to start the inevitable hand-to-hand combat with weeds that are just starting to show in the blueberry rows. Busy, busy, busy.

But the sun made an appearance this week, and that makes up for everything. This is Weston, Skyla, Aubine and Camille prepping for the farm season by rebuilding last year’s “baby insect zoo.” Nothing like a little mud, water and sunshine to keep kids happy and busy.

In spite of cool weather and some serious wind/rain a few days ago, the planet is waking up and things are growing. When we look at all that needs to be done at the farm and in the garden, it almost feels like it’s too sudden and too fast. But the sunshine? We’ll take it.




It’s 48 degrees and pouring rain as I type, and the last few nights were in the low 30’s. Trees remain leafless. According to the calendar, tomorrow is the first day of spring. Here in the Pacific Northwest, this is pretty much what passes for it.

And yet, there are signs. The grass is growing–I just finished mowing up at the farm before this latest deluge hit. And Skyla spotted the first bright pink salmon berry flowers yesterday. Only a few, but they’re coming. With alders in “bloom,” we’ve been sneezing to beat the band, too.

So maybe it really is spring. It just doesn’t look like it, unless you look really closely. But we’re ready.

Orion Review PDF

Orion Magazine Review

In the name of shameless self promotion, here’s a pdf of the Orion review. Some very kind and humbling words, and the reviewer writes beautifully. But then, I wouldn’t expect anything less from this publication. Not sure if it will show up readable, but I’m going to give it a shot. Just click on the underlined “image” above. Thanks for your patience. Hope you are well.

Great Book Review


What an honor to have Closer to the Ground reviewed in one of my favorite magazines, Orion. If you aren’t already familiar with it, Orion features some of the most spectacular photography and writing out there, with no advertising. I generally read it cover to cover as soon as I have my hands on an issue.

The review is in the current, March/April issue, which is out now. They have yet to post any current book reviews online, but if you want to find out more about the mag, click HERE. When the review is posted, I will try to remember to put it up here. But in the mean time, if you have a chance, pick up Orion in hard copy and enjoy the read. I high highly recommend it.