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Distinguished Lecture Series Brings Author Rick Bass to Campus

Jan. 17, 2014

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Distinguished Lecture Series Brings Author Rick Bass to Campus

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s Western Writers Series will host a visit by award-winning environmental writer Rick Bass Thursday and Friday, Jan. 23-24 as part of the University’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

The Texas author begins his WTAMU visit with a “Conversation with the Author” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in Cornette Library’s Blackburn Room. At 7 p.m. Bass will read from his latest novel, All the Land to Hold Us in a lecture presentation at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Hazlewood Lecture Hall. An 8 p.m. reception and book signing follows.

On Friday, Jan. 24, Bass will close out the visit by joining WTAMU students on an 8 a.m. hike through Palo Duro Canyon.
Bass was born in Fort Worth and grew up in Houston. He studied petroleum geology at Utah State University and later worked as a petroleum geologist, where he spent his lunch hours writing short stories. He and his wife, artist Elizabeth Hughes Bass, live in Montana, where he serves on the board of the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies. He travels around the country as an author and teacher.

He is the author of numerous works in both fiction and nonfiction. He has received many awards for his writing including O. Henry Awards and awards from the Texas Institute of Letters as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation and more. Several of his books have been named New York Times and Los Angeles Times Notable Books of the Year and a New York Times Best Book of the Year. Excerpts, stories, articles and essays have been published in O, The Oprah Magazine, New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review and more.

The WTAMU Western Writers Series promotes awareness and discussion of our place in the American West, how to understand and value it, and how to celebrate it through art and literature. The Distinguished Lecture Series, Department of English Haley Professorship, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and Cornette Library are partners in the event.

For more information about the author’s visit to WTAMU, contact Dr. Alex Hunt at ahunt@wtamu.edu or Amy Pajewski at apajewski@wtamu.edu.


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