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2/4/2004 Work by Lopez topic of discussion

McMINNVILLE ? Three works by Barry Lopez, considered one of the nation?s top nature writers, will be discussed Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room in the Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Marvin Henberg, dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs, and David Sumner, assistant professor of English and director of writing, will lead a discussion of the books "Arctic Dreams" and "Of Wolves and Men," and an essay titled "Landscape and Narrative" out of "Crossing Open Ground."

The discussion is in preparation of a reading that Lopez will present Tuesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library at Linfield College. Tickets will be required for the lecture and will be available beginning Thursday, Feb. 12. For tickets, call College Relations, 503-883-2217, or stop by the College Relations office, 026 Melrose Hall. No more than two tickets will be distributed per person and they will not be available until that date.

Lopez is considered one of the nation?s premier nature writers. In his nonfiction he often examines the relationship between human culture and the physical landscape. "Arctic Dreams," won the National Book Award and "Of Wolves and Men" was a National Book Award finalist. His other nonfiction book is "About This Life." He is also the author of several award-winning works of fiction, including "Field Notes," "Winter Count," and a novella-length fable, "Crow and Weasel." He most recently published "Light Action in the Caribbean," a collection of stories.

Once a landscape photographer, Lopez continues to maintain close contact with a diverse community of artists. He is on the advisory board of Theater Grottesco in Santa Fe. He has collaborated with composer John Luther Adams on several concert and theatre productions and spoken at openings for sculptor Michael Singer and hotographer Robert Adams. He recently collaborated with E. O. Wilson in the design of a university curriculum that combines the sciences and humanities in a new undergraduate major.

Lopez is the recipient of the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Jay Award for 2001 and Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction.

The reading is sponsored by the Friends of Nicholson Library and Friends of McMinnville Public Library.