Texas Tech Hosts Reading by Award-Winning Writer, Environmentalist

Award-winning nature writer Rick Bass will read and sign copies of his most recent book at 7 p.m. April 23 at Texas Tech University's International Cultural Center Auditorium.

Written by Jessica Benham

Award-winning nature writer Rick Bass will read and sign copies of his most recent book at 7 p.m. April 23 at Texas Tech University's International Cultural Center Auditorium. 

Bass has written more than 20 books of nonfiction, fiction and short story collections. His most recent nonfiction book, "Why I Came West," was a finalist for the National Book Award for autobiography in 2008.

Bass has been praised by critics for his powerful descriptions of landscapes and the intricate relationships between his characters, which often mirror the grandeur, beauty and unpredictability of the natural world.

Many of Bass' manuscripts are part of the James Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community and the Natural World housed in Texas Tech's Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

In addition to writing, Bass participates in environmental preservation and activism surrounding diminishing wilderness areas. He has served on the board of both the Yaak Valley Forest Council and Round River Conservation Studies.

The reading is sponsored by the Texas Tech Heritage Consortium, Center for the Southwest with generous support from the Helen Jones Foundation, the Honors College, the Natural History and Humanities degree program, and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

"The commitment of the Helen Jones Foundation to interdisciplinary approaches to the study and celebration of the diversity of the Southwest is amply demonstrated by the work of Rick Bass, who has written so elegantly to both inform and inspire his readers about the values of place in the human heart and mind," said James Brink, executive director of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

CONTACT: Diane Warner, librarian, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, (806) 742-3749 or diane.warner@ttu.edu.