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Annie Proulx at UNM (Feb. 7, 2011)

February 3, 2011

Another cooperative event with Bookworks, one of Albuquerque’s favorite independent bookstores:

Annie Proulx, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of “Brokeback Mountain” portrays her flawed paradise in the majestic, hardscrabble West in the vibrant memoirBird Cloud (Scribner, $26.00). This is part of the new ABQ literary lecture series Readings on the Rio Grande, presented by Bookworks and ABC libraries.

Monday, February 7, 7pm

Woodward Hall (on UNM’s main campus)

Free and open to the public

Proulx meshes her story with natural history and the history of Wyoming, a tale of exploitation; horrendous crimes against Native Americans; and the mad massacring of eagles, elks, bison, and wolves. Partenvironmental history, part meditation on the importance of home, and part glimpse into a writer’s process, this is a rare, remarkable foray into nonfiction by an award-winning Western writer.

Annie Proulx is the author of eight books, including the novel The Shipping News and the story collection Close Range.Her many honors include a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and a PEN/Faulkner award. Her story “Brokeback Mountain,” which originally appeared in The New Yorker, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. She now lives in Albuquerque, NM

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