Celebrate Oregon Author Barry Lopez in June

Posted By:  Lisa McGean
Date Posted:  6/2/2009

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.  All events are 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.

During the month of June, please join the Deschutes Public Library in celebrating Barry Lopez at the following events:

Art Envy: Van Gogh and the Natural World

Tuesday, June 2, 6:00 p.m.

Bend Public Library, Brooks Room

Local artist Paula Bullwinkel discusses how nature influenced the work of Vincent Van Gogh followed by a panting workshop.  Register at or call Lisa McGean at 312-1034.

Lisa,312-1034 or


Fightin’ Words: How Stories Have Changed Our World

Tuesday, June 2nd, 6:30 p.m.

Sisters Public Library

Annemarie Hamlin, writing and literature instructor at COCC, highlights the words of American authors who have changed our world through works of resistance.

Liz, 312-1032 or


True and Mythic Stories of the Wolf

·         Sunday, June 7, 2:00 p.m.

Bend Public Library, Brooks Room

Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Bend Public Library

·         Saturday, June 13, 3:00 p.m.

Sunriver Area Public Library

Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Sunriver Area Public Library

Storyteller Susan Strauss shares ancient myths from world cultures showing a wolf more true to its biological nature.  These stories which pre-date “Little Red Riding Hood” reveal portraits of a spirit guide with strength, nobility and insight, devoted parents and the valued role of the predator.  Includes true life anecdotes from wolf biologists. 

Liz, 312-1032 or


Author Barry Lopez

Thursday, June 11, 7:00 p.m.

Bend Public Library

National Book Award winner Barry Lopez reads a selection from his work.

Lisa, 312-1034 or


Second Sunday: BridgeStories by Sharon Wood Wortman

Sunday, June 14, 3:00 p.m.

Bend Public Library, Brooks Room

Portland Poet Sharon Wood Wortman performs her one-woman show “BridgeStories” and reads a selection from her work.

Lisa, 312-1034 or


Film Screening: Into the Wild

Sunday, June 21, 1:30 p.m.

La Pine Public Library

Sean Penn directs this film based on best-selling author Jon Krakauer’s true story of a young man who gives up everything to lead a solitary life in the wild.  Rated R.

Lisa, 312-1034 or

People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should Lisa at 312-1034 or

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