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Author, Environmentalist Rick Bass to Appear at Pacific on John Muir’s 171st Birthday

Apr 13, 2010

Nationally renowned American author and environmentalist Rick Bass will read from his recent works and discuss his involvement in the conservation of the Yaak Valley in northwestern Montana at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 in Pacific's Janet Leigh Theatre. Bass will visit Pacific on John Muir's 171st birthday as part of Pacific's Environmental Sustainability Month activities.

The event, sponsored by the University of the Pacific Library and the College of the Pacific's Writing in the Disciplines Initiative, is free and open to the public. The reading will be followed by a book signing.

 "We are delighted to welcome Rick Bass to Stockton to help us celebrate the birthday of another great environmentalist, John Muir," said Brigid Welch, Dean of Pacific's University Library. Pacific Library's Holt-Atherton Special Collections is home to the John Muir Archives.

Rick Bass is the author of 23 books of fiction and non-fiction, many of which have an environmental emphasis exploring the relationship between human nature and the natural world. His stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. Several of his books have been named "Best Book of the Year" by the New York Times and the  Los Angeles Times.. He is also a contributing editor for Audubon, OnEarth, and Field & Stream. He was a finalist for The Story Prize in 2007 for his short story collection The Lives of Rocks.  He was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for Why I Came West.

Pacific's Sustainability Month started in late March with a guest lecture by author and 350.org founder Bill McKibben. It will end this month with the 58th Annual California History Institute Symposium on April 23 and 24. This year's symposium will focus on John Muir, the founder of the Sierra Club and Yosemite National Park.