Friday, August 17, 2012

For Writers and Readers: Author Rick Bass and Others

On Tuesday evening, August 21, acclaimed American nature writer Rick Bass will be at Aunties Bookstore in Spokane presenting his latest book, The Black Rhinos of Namibia: Searching for Survivors in the African Desert (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) about a group of former poachers, now conservationists, who track endangered black rhinos through the punishing heat of their arid land.

Bass is an award-winning nature writer who has authored numerous fiction and nonfiction books and continues to give readings, write, and teach around the country and the world. In 1995 Bass won the James Jones Literary Society First Novel Fellowship for his novel, Whte the Sea Used to Be, was a finalist for the Story Prize in 2006 for his short story collection The Lives of Rocks, and a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for his book, Why I came West. He also received the General Electric Younger Writers Award, a PEN/Nelson Algren Award special citation for fiction, and  National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

An environmental activist, Bass lives with his family in Montana's Yaak Valley.

For writers, take a look at this article by Bass posted in the Huffington Post last year. In the article titled Writing Advice: Rick Bass's "Danger", Bass warns writers about using the wrong words, improperly using similes and metaphors, comparing bodies to car parts, etc..

"Writing a story is like crossing a minefield." He writes. "You cross the field, with the story loosely in your arms, and you try not to step on any of the mines."

Rick Bass will present his work on August 21, 7:00 pm at Aunties Bookstore, 402 W. Main Street, Spokane.

Other author events happening this month include animal communicator Joan Ranquet, movement therapist Larkin Barnett, Author Jess Steven Hughes, and the "Art of Writing" forum with bestselling author Laura Munson. For the details on these and other events, check the Events page of this blog.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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