Outdoor Author William Sullivan Stops at Bend and Redmond Libraries

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  4/28/2009

Deschutes Public Library is pleased to welcome author /explorer William L. Sullivan on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 6:30 pm at the Bend Public Library for a program titled “Exploring Oregon’s Wilderness” and on Thursday, May 7, 2009 6:30 pm at the Redmond Public Library for a program titled “Oregon’s Greatest Natural Disasters.” Both programs are free and open to the public and books will be available for sale following the presentations.

During the “Exploring Oregon’s Wilderness” presentation, Sullivan highlights every Wilderness Area in the state, including those added by Congress in March 2009. Using slides and maps, Sullivan will describe some of the state's top backpacking trips, hikes, ski/snowshoe routes, and routes for rock climbers and whitewater rafters.


On Thursday, Sullivan presents an illustrated lecture about the floods, earthquakes, forest fires, eruptions, and tsunamis that have hit Oregon during the past 13,000 years of human settlement. Although these disasters occur at irregular intervals, Sullivan shows that they are in fact part of natural cycles. It is not possible to predict these catastrophic events precisely, but we can prepare for their impact. Are we ready for the giant earthquake and tsunami that is coming to western Oregon?


Sullivan is the author of a dozen books about Oregon, including Hiking Oregon's History, the popular 100 Hikes series, and Oregon Trips & Trails. His journal of a 1000-mile hike he took across Oregon in 1985, Listening for Coyote, was chosen by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of Oregon’s 100 Books, the 100 most significant books in the state’s history. He has also written a memoir and two novels.


This program is free and open to the public. People needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary devices) should conatact Liz at 312-1032 at least three days in advance. For more information, please call 312-1032.

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