Barry Lopez Reads at the Bend Library Thursday Night

Posted By:  Lisa McGean
Date Posted:  6/11/2009


The Deschutes Public Library is pleased to highlight Oregon author Barry Lopez during the month of June with a series of programs and readings as part of the Celebrate Oregon Authors series being offered throughout the year of 2009.  Barry Lopez will read a selection from his work on Thursday, June 11th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bend Public Library.  This event is free, and open to the public.

Barry Lopez was born in 1945 in Port Chester, New York.  He grew up in Southern California and New York City and attended college in the Midwest before moving to Oregon, where he has lived since 1968.  He is an essayist, author, and short-story writer, and has traveled extensively in remote and populated parts of the world.

He is the author of Arctic Dreams, for which he received the National Book Award, Of Wolves and Men, a National Book Award finalist for which he received the John Burroughs an Christopher medals, and eight works of fiction, including Light Action in the Caribbean, Field Notes, and Resistance. His essays are collected in two books, Crossing Open Ground and About This Life.  He contributes regularly to Granta, The Georgia Review, Orion, Outside, The Paris Review, Manoa and other publications in the United States and abroad.  His work has appeared in dozens of anthologies, including Best American Essays, Best Spiritual Writing, and the “best” collections from National Geographic, Outside, The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, and other publications.

His most recent book is Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape, a reader’s dictionary of regional landscape terms, which he edited with Debra Gwartney.

In his nonfiction, Mr. Lopez writes often about the relationship between the physical landscape and human culture.  In his fiction, he frequently addresses issues of intimacy, ethics, and identity.

Mr. Lopez is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Hay Medal, Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundation fellowships, Pushcart Prizes in fiction and nonfiction, and other honors.  In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of The Explorers Club.

Please call Lisa McGean at 312-1034 with questions about this or other library programs.  People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should Lisa at 312-1034 or

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