Author slideshow and book signing Saturday at Neighbors |

Author slideshow and book signing Saturday at Neighbors

Becky Kemery, author of “Yurts: Living in the Round,” will present her beautiful and inspiring slideshow, titled “Yurts: Big Life, Small Footprint,” and sign copies of her book Saturday at Neighbors Bookstore.

Kemery encountered her first yurt at a retreat center in the early 1990s. Since then, she has lived in four different yurts in three states, through harsh winters and scorching summers, in community situations and solo. When she gives advice in the book, it is as an insider, someone who has made mistakes and knows the potential pitfalls as well as the sheer joy of living in a beautiful round space.

Kemery follows this ancient nomadic shelter and its modern counterpart from the mountain plateaus of Central Asia through the modern North American landscape. With stunning images, the slideshow portrays the history and architectural evolution of this simple but beautiful round shelter. Accompanying the photographs, Kemery tells firsthand stories of people using yurts to achieve their shelter and business dreams and shares practical information on successful yurt living.

The book is a comprehensive guide to buying, building, living in and designing a yurt and reveals the history, evolution and contemporary benefits of yurt living. One of the oldest forms of indigenous shelter still in use today, yurts have exploded into the 21st century as a multifaceted, thoroughly modern, versatile and popular modern structure of which the possibilities are still being explored. In “Yurts,” Kemery introduces the innovators who redesigned the yurt and took it from backcountry trekking and campground use to modern permanent homes and offices.

The book also shows how to build, insulate, ventilate and transport a yurt, plus shares information on everything from foundations and heating to building codes and floor plans.

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