New Book Takes a Magnifying Glass to Nature in Philadelphia and Supports Natural Lands

Philadelphia Couple’s Macro Photography Meets Micro Non-Fiction

Local husband-and-wife team Randall Brown and Meg Boscov collaborate for a new inspirational coffee-table-style book: Hand-in-Hand.

The photo and essay book match the macro photography of Meg Boscov with the micro (non)fiction of Randall Brown in 52 weekly lyrical messages for creative and personal inspiration. A portion of the proceeds will go to nonprofit organizations supporting natural lands in the Philadelphia area including Stoneleigh (Natural Lands Trust), Jenkins Arboretum & Garden, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Hand-in-Hand matches the picture with its thousand words’ worth – or however many fit on the page across from it. The 52 matches – one for each week of the year – offer a bit of the surreal to go with your morning cereal. The book inspires you to create your own collections of words and images as a way to explore both your outer and inner environments. The pages give multiple perspectives with a carefully considered call to action at the end of each passage.

Meg describes her work as the attempt to ‘capture beauty in nature both intrinsic and hidden.’ Randall explains his as the attempt to ‘make something significant of something tiny.’ Macro meets micro.

Meg Boscov’s award-winning work has appeared in galleries in Philadelphia, Media, Doylestown, Wayne, Wallingford, Haverford, Ardmore, and Middlebury, VT. Meg founded Pup Up Social Learning, an innovative playroom/classroom where children team up with playful, certified therapy dogs. She also co-founded Mutt Match, a nationally recognized nonprofit service matched families with dogs in shelters and rescues. Learn more about Meg and see her full gallery of work online.

Randall Brown is the author of the award-winning collection Mad to Live. His essay on short fiction appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, and he appears in Best Small Fictions 2015 & 2017 & 2019; The Norton Anthology New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction; and The Norton Anthology Hint Fiction. He founded and directs FlashFiction.Net and has been published and anthologized widely, both online and in print. Recent books include the prose poetry collection I Might Never Learn (Finishing Line Press 2018), the novella How Long is Forever (Running Wild Press 2018), and the flash fiction collection This Is How He Learned to Love (Sonder Press 2019). He both taught in and directed the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Rosemont College. Learn more about Randall online.

The book is available through Matter Press and on Amazon for $25.

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