CORVALLIS - Barry Lopez, a naturalist and winner of a National Book Award for "Arctic Dreams," will visit Oregon State University on Thursday, April 25, where he will give a free public lecture and read from his works.

His presentation, "Literature and Nature," will begin at 8 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center, 26th Street and Western Boulevard in Corvallis.

Lopez is considered one of the nation's premier authors of works exploring the relationship between humans and the natural environment. A long-time resident of Oregon - he lives along the McKenzie River - Lopez has said his ideas about storytelling were in part shaped by time he spent with aboriginal people in the northern Arctic of Canada and Alaska, and in the Northern Territory of Australia.

An international traveler, Lopez recently published a collection of short stories called "Light Action in the Caribbean" that has received widespread critical acclaim. The New York Times wrote: "These are quietly astonishing tales, glistening with precision."

The Washington Post said Lopez is a "sweet stylist, finding the right voice for each of his characters and offering lyrical descriptions of natural beauty."

Among his other works are two non-fiction books, "About This Life" and "Of Wolves and Men." He also is the author of several award-winning works of fiction, including "Field Notes," "Winter Count" and a novella-length fable, "Crow and Weasel."

In addition to his National Book Award, Lopez has received the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and several fellowships and awards.

Oregon State's Spring Creek Project in the Department of Philosophy and the OSU Center for Water and Environmental Sustainability are sponsoring the event.

For more information, contact Tony Vogt of the Spring Creek Project at 541-737-6198.

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Tony Vogt, 541-737-6198