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Barry Lopez Public Reading

Reading, Interview, and Q&A with Barry Lopez

Date: Time: 7:30 pm
City Campus Union Room: Ballroom
Contact: (402) 472-0911,
National Book Award winner and bestselling author Barry Lopez will be the featured guest at an event hosted by Prairie Schooner, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s international literary journal.

The event will take place Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the City Campus Union ballroom and is free and open to the public. Lopez will read from his creative work, followed by an on-stage interview with award-winning Nebraska author Dr. Mary Pipher and a book signing.

Lopez is one of the foremost American voices in contemporary environmental literature and activism. His nonfiction book Arctic Dreams (Vintage) won a National Book Award and he holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and five National Science Foundation Fellowships, in addition to numerous Pushcart Prizes in both fiction and nonfiction. His creative essay “Six Thousand Pieces” will appear in Prairie Schooner’s Fall 2013 issue.

“I have found in Lopez that most reassuring combination of scholar, social commentator, and generous human being,” said Kwame Dawes, Prairie Schooner editor-in-chief. “He has been willing enough to contain these qualities within a profoundly empathic quality of affirmation for the human condition—one that is refreshingly and self-reflexively critical and yet one that has the capacity to be celebratory and hopeful. It is a tremendous honor that he has agreed to come to Lincoln.”

This event has been made possible with the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Natural Resources, the School of Biological Sciences, the Institute for Ethnic Studies, the Center for Great Plains Studies, the Environmental Studies Program, and the English, geography, and philosophy departments.

Lopez’s major works include the nonfiction book Of Wolves and Men (Scribner), a National Book Award finalist, and the story collection Resistance (Vintage), winner of the 2004 Oregon Book Award. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, National Geographic, and The Paris Review among others.

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