Brannen Basham book

Brannen Basham has published a new book titled “A Guide To The Wonderful World Around Us.’’

Brannen Basham, Sylva Herald weekly nature writer and contributor to Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, has published a compilation of 60 different nature-based topics in “A Guide to the Wonderful World Around Us: Notes on Nature.”

Chapter titles include the Natural World, Fantastic Plants, Our Animal Friends, Strictly Insects (Mostly Pollinators), Human Impact & Innovation, and A Look to the Future. 

A note from the introduction states, “This guide is a collection of notes on nature covering flora, fauna, and the fantastic wonders of the world around us. There are some special highlights of the Southeastern United States, and even more specifically, of the region where I currently call home in the mountains of Western North Carolina.”

The book can be found at local retailers including City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

At 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28,  City Lights will host an event for the book, featuring a reading, native bee talk and Q&A. 

The book is also available online on Amazon and Etsy, along with an audiobook available on Audible. Find more information about the book by visiting

Basham’s work was most recently featured in the first issue of pollinator-focused publication, “2 Million Blossoms.” Basham and his wife Jill are owners of Spriggly’s Beescaping, a local nature education and habitat restoration business dedicated to increasing environmental awareness.

For further information on “A Guide to the Wonderful World Around Us,” or to learn more about Spriggly’s Beescaping, visit or follow along on Facebook or Instagram.