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2/11/2004 Barry Lopez to present reading at Linfield

McMINNVILLE ? Barry Lopez, considered one of the nation?s top nature writers, will present a reading Tuesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

The lecture is free, but tickets will be required. For tickets, call College Relations, 503-883-2217, or stop by the College Relations office, 026 Melrose Hall. Because seating is limited, no more than two tickets will be distributed per person.

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 photographer 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. He has also received Guggenheim, National Science Foundation and Lannan Fellowships. His work appears regularly in Harper?s, The Paris Review, Orion and The Georgia Review.

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