writer Rick Bass coming to U.Va. April 20-21
and wilderness activist Rick Bass will visit the Grounds April
20 and 21. He will read from his work at the University Bookstore
on Thursday at 8 p.m. He will talk about wilderness preservation,
among other topics, at the Ivy Creek National Area Friday at 7:30
p.m. Both events are free.
lives and writes in the Yaak Valley of northwest Montana. In 16
books of fiction and nonfiction, he has explored the connections
between character and landscape, wilderness and culture, and art
and activism. His short stories have appeared in the Best American
Short Stories and O. Henry collections. Most are set in the Yaak
Valley. One of his characters describes the place as "a beautiful
valley. I wake up smiling sometimes because I have all my days
left to live in this place. I hike up into the hills, to a rock
back in the trees, and sit there and just look. ...When dusk comes,
purple light slides in from all directions."
visit is sponsored by Brown
College, which holds a year-long seminar in environmental
literature and hosts leading American nature writers each semester.